Despite a quick start from the playoffs, the Philadelphia Eagles The 2021-22 season is seen by many as an outright success.
The team was defeated by Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round, but even made it to the playoffs came as a pleasant surprise to the Philly faithful.
Their postseason push came in large part from Jalen Hurts, who led the team through a postseason run that included six wins in its last seven contests to slide into the playoffs.
Hurts became one of two QBs to throw for at least 3,000 yards (3,144) and rush for at least 750 (784). He also ranked second among quarterbacks in rushing yards per game (52.3) and fourth in broken tackle percentage (6.5%).
Hurts’ dedicated work ethic has Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni confident he can lead his team to a second straight playoff appearance in 2022. And according to Pro Football Focus, the Eagles’ roster is ranked in the top 10 in terms of talent .
The outlet wrote: “If they don’t have the best offensive line in the NFL entering the 2022 season, the Eagles are near the top of the list, [but] safety remains a potential weakness of the defense. While the Eagles did a good job of strengthening this roster this past year, they will only go as far as Jalen Hurts takes them.”
The Eagles rank as the most talented team in the NFC East
Skip Bayliss and Shannon Sharp discuss whether Jalen Hurts and the Eagles are a threat to the Cowboys.
For avid Cowboys fan Skip Bayless, Hurts poses a huge threat to their NFC East hopes. Dallas ranked 16th on PFF’s list.
“The thing is, my quarterback can [Dak Prescott] to go up a level from last year when he made $75 million and just fell apart all season?” he said of Dallas on Tuesday on “Undisputed.” “I’ll Zeke [Elliott] in a do or die year? The Eagles roster is simply better than the Cowboys.
“It’s like the gap between Jalen Hurts and Dak Prescott has been closing all year. Dak was far there to begin with [the season], and Jalen Hurts just started getting a little better, and a little better, and a little better. The Eagles then make the playoffs. Don’t you think that’s created momentum in this franchise?”
According to Bayless, while pure throwing mechanics may not be Hurts’ strong suit, he just has that “it” factor.
“As far as NFL intangibles take an NFL quarterback, he’s only going to get that far,” Bayless stressed. “He has high intangibles, leadership and playmaking, not pure intangibles. I don’t see a Pro Bowl in his future, but I just have respect for him. He scares me to death. He made throw after throw after throw at Oklahoma and obviously he can mix in some runs. They say pound for pound he’s the strongest man in the weight room.”
Shannon Sharp, on the other hand, wasn’t as sold on Hurts’ potential to lead Philly to maximum success.
“Games are going to come down to times where you’re going to have to make throws,” Sharpe said.
“In both championship games, the quarterbacks made throws. You won’t always win with 14, 17, 21. It will be a ball to ball game. And the difference in this ball game is second, third Can Jalen Hurts consistently do that at the level that top quarterbacks can?
“You have to show me. If Jalen Hurts shows up this year and throws the ball with consistency and accuracy, I’m going to come out and say “I was wrong, I misjudged.” Not until then.”
Philadelphia is ranked ahead of Dallas on paper for the 2022-23 campaign, but both teams enter at 0-0. Can Philly make good on their projections?
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