Jalen Hurts is preparing for his second year as a starter. That’s it, debate settled. The Philadephia Eagles quarterback told reporters on Monday that he and the organization were “all on the same page” about coming back stronger in 2022. Hurts appears to have management backing to return as a QBI.
The 23-year-old confidently named owner Jeffrey Lurie, general manager Howie Roseman and head coach Nick Sirianni all in his corner. Hurts detailed a recent encounter while expressing how much “fire” he saw in their eyes after losing Sunday’s playoff game.
“I know there’s a certain type of desire and fire in their eyes of disappointment but also motivation,” Hurts said. “The desire to work, to do the things we need to do to be a better team next year. And we’re all on the same page. We’ll be back and that’s the mentality.
“We kind of got our feet wet and this is a situation where we’re going to learn from that,” Hurts said. “And, I know, for me, I take pride in learning from my mistakes. I take pride in finding whatever can be done to be teachable in every moment and taking it and building on it.
Yes, Hurts even got into a Sirianni root growth benchmark. Signs continue to point to Hurts returning to Philadelphia next year as a starting quarterback. He pretty much confirmed it was happening: “I think everyone is on the same page with this. We are hungry for it.
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Hurts reflects on ‘big’ 2021 campaign
Hurts could have used the word ‘good’ when reflecting on his 2021 campaign, but the shrewd tactician threw in ‘awesome’. More than the stats, Hurts was grateful for the bonding experience with his teammates and coaches. The future shines brighter than ever.
“I think I’ve done a lot of great things this year,” Hurts said. “Lots of things to learn. Personally, I think the most important thing for me when you ask that question is the relationships I’ve built with my teammates. The time we put in, the work, going as well far into the season and overcoming the different things that we have overcome this year.
“And being with my coaches, building relationships with them and building something special going forward. I think there is a lot of value in the things that happened this year and it will do us a good deed next year.
Hungry Team returns to the grind
Hurts mentioned that Year 3 starts today and he wasn’t kidding. Players are expected to go straight back into the gym and work to improve by one percent each day so they show up to training camp ready to roll. Hurts said their experiences of overcoming adversity this season fueled their championship desire.
“We’ve improved all year, we’ve improved all year and I admire the fighting spirit and tenacity of this football team,” Hurts said. “For us, the climb to the top starts now, until next year. We have a lot of valuable experiences and we will have new parts, moving parts, this is the reality of the company and of what we’re doing. Everybody’s hungry. The grind doesn’t stop.