The Eagles are still undefeated after chalking up another win against Dallas in Week six. Unfortunately, Hurts did not have the best passing game and throwing stats against the Cowboys. He threw for 155 yards and two passing TDs, with no interceptions. And personally, Hurts added 27 rushing yards to his stats.
However, it was enough to maintain his drive and superiority to bump him ahead of Patrick Mahomes into the second place position for MVP behind first-place Josh Allen of the Bills.
With Jalen at the helm, he is rectifying last season’s hurts. The Philadelphia Eagles went from a 9-8 in 2021 to a 5-0 start in 2022.
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Hurts says he dislikes and is uninterested in speaking about the past. That does not help the present. You must stay focused in the present time of the play. And after that game, focus on the next. You need to be synchronized mentally and physically for everything to work well and progress. It is important that you don’t get rattled mentally. And that mistakes made don’t fester into the next plays and weeks.
This is similar to Bill Belichick’s success, “Looking back is a distraction from what you need to do now. And what you need to do now affects moving forward. Today and the next game is what matters and are in your control. “
Another one of Hurt’s traits, which is a legendary quality in an Eagles QB, is not based on conventional plays and fundamentals. Instead, it is about how to follow the rules and instinctively break them. If you coach your players correctly and empower natural ability and autonomy, it breeds success.
For example, Jalen knows when to scramble when he sees an open field to make ground rather than lose it. Randal Cunningham, Donovan McNabb, and Michael Vick were some of the great Eagle’s QBs who possessed this ability.
Michael Vick, veteran Eagles QB said, a part of growing as a quarterback is making the right decisions. You must be a good decision-maker knowing when to stick to the play, throw, or run. He also commented that you don’t need to have the most skill, talent, or the strongest arm. It is based on instinct and feeling. Not all QBs have it, but Jalen does.
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As for those QB sneaks that the Eagles are notorious for, they fit perfectly in Jalen’s personal playbook. He has converted 32 of 39 sneaks resulting in nine touchdowns. Probably the fact that Jalen can deadlift 620 pounds allows him to drive the ball those extra inches. That is perhaps why Tom Brady can’t do it because he lacks the power. But hey, he is legendary in other ways.
For now, Jalen’s contract with the Eagles hurts at $1.64 million a season. As a result, he is significantly undervalued in the NFL. However, football is all about; showing me the money, as said in the movie Jerry Maguire, if you can play. And if Jalen has an incredibly successful season, he can negotiate a contract extension of about $30 million per season.
One of the greatest things about Jalen is he’s not worried about the salary. It is all about loving and playing the game. He knows that if he worries about the money, then it will affect his play on the field. He would rather increase and demand value through his performance because everything else will fall in line.