Jalen Hurts hasn’t played for Nick Saban in a few years, but his former coach certainly had a large influence on the quarterback.
Hurts was asked on Wednesday how he blocks out the media noise. The Philadelphia Eagles said he follows Saban’s advice to avoid the “rat poison.”
“I try and stay away from the rat poison,” Hurts explained. “You got to ask Coach Saban. He knows about rat poison too. External factors. I’ve talked about that a little bit.”
Saban first drew attention for his “rat poison” line in 2017, which was Hurts’ second season with the Crimson Tide. A year later he was repeating the line when it came to avoiding distractions. The point stuck with Hurts, who does a good job of blocking out external distractions.
Hurts is getting set for his third NFL start when Philly takes on Dallas in Week 16.
Jalen Hurts is preparing to make his first NFL start this weekend, and the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback had a risky wardrobe selection during one of his video conferences with reporters leading up to the game.
On Thursday, Hurts answered questions from the media while rocking a Houston Astros hat. Hurts was born in Houston, so you can understand why he supports the team. However, some took it to mean he doesn’t quite understand how rabid fans are in Philly just yet.
“I thought about that one as I arrived to the facility,” Hurts admitted. “I got my Phillies stuff now. I got my Phillies jacket, my Sixers jacket, my hats. I’m a little diverse. I can’t forget where I come from, though.”
Hurts explained that he threw up the “H-Town” hand gesture last Sunday after he threw his first career touchdown pass (video here), which was a nod to his hometown.
Expecting players to drop their allegiance to all of their “own” teams just because they play in a certain city has always been kind of silly. That’s just how it is, though, especially in major markets. We have seen NFL players anger fans for similar reasons in the past.
Of course, Hurts can wear whichever hat he wants if he helps the Eagles turn things around and win the NFC East.
Carson Wentz has been one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL this season, and Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has officially stripped him of his starting spot.
The Eagles have named rookie Jalen Hurts their starting QB for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints, ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen first reported. The team later confirmed the news.
Hurts has been eased into action with the Eagles over the past two weeks. He replaced Wentz in the third quarter of the team’s game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday with his team down 20-3, and he ended up throwing a touchdown on a beautiful pass. The former Alabama star’s stat line was not all that impressive, however, as he completed just 5-of-12 passes and threw an interception.
Pederson has been fielding questions for weeks now about benching Wentz. The belief is that the Eagles have stood by the No. 2 overall pick because they are paying him so much money, but he has thrown 15 interceptions and has a passer rating of 72.8. The lack of production could only be ignored for so long.
While Wentz took responsibility for his poor play recently, he did not turn things around against Green Bay. Fans will likely be pleased that the QB change has been made.
Jalen Hurts saw some playing time for the second consecutive game and even gave his Philadelphia Eagles a brief spark on Sunday. So with Carson Wentz still struggling, who will the Eagles use at quarterback moving forward? That is a question many are wondering.
Doug Pederson was asked that very question after Philly lost 30-16 to the Green Bay Packers. Unsurprisingly, the head coach didn’t share much.
Wentz has not been giving the Eagles a chance to win, which is why Philly has eased Hurts into games. But is Hurts able to do better? He threw one touchdown pass on a fourth down play, but he was only 5/12 and had an interception.
Neither of Philly’s quarterback options right now seem to be very good. But Wentz hasn’t been doing enough, and that may be all the reason to switch to Hurts.
Jalen Hurts saw game action for the second consecutive week, and he took advantage of the opportunity.
Hurts replaced Carson Wentz at quarterback in the third quarter of the Philadelphia Eagles’ game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday with his team down 20-3. Hurts’ first possession resulted in a punt, but his second one led to points.
Hurts threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Greg Ward for his first career touchdown, and it came on a 4th-and-18 play no less.
That made it 23-10. As if that weren’t thrilling enough, the Eagles returned a punt for a touchdown to make it 23-16 and a one-possession game in the fourth quarter.
Hurts gave Philly the spark they were looking for. The change away from Wentz made lots of sense considering the former No. 2 draft pick was 6/15 for only 79 yards prior to his benching.
Wentz may be taking responsibility for his poor play, but he just needs to play better.
The calls for the Philadelphia Eagles to bench Carson Wentz in favor of rookie Jalen Hurts grow louder by the week, and the presence of the former Alabama star may actually be one of the reasons Wentz has struggled so much this season.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler examined some of the factors that may be contributing to Wentz having the worst season of his career. One Eagles source told Fowler that the team’s decision to use a second-round draft pick on Hurts did not sit well with Wentz and caused him to “press.” The belief is that Wentz already had to prove he was worthy of the starting job over Nick Foles and is now once again uncertain if the Eagles are committed to him long-term.
“All that ground he gained over Nick, everything he fought past to get to this point, you pull it right back,” the source told Fowler. “Here is your franchise quarterback, the guy you paid a lot of money to keep long-term, and he’s having to prove himself all over again.”
Since the Eagles drafted him with the second overall pick in 2016, Wentz has suffered multiple significant injuries. He suffered a torn ACL in 2017 and fractured his back in 2018. Philadelphia almost certainly had that injury history in mind when they used a high pick on Wentz, so he shouldn’t have felt that threatened by the team taking Hurts.
Even if the Hurts pick is one of the reasons for Wentz’s poor play this season, that doesn’t bode well for his future with the Eagles. A franchise quarterback should be able to elevate his game when he feels like someone is gunning for his position. Wentz certainly has not done that, as evidenced by his league-worst 15 interceptions.
It doesn’t sound like the Eagles intend to bench Wentz, though you may disagree with their reasoning behind sticking with him. However, if the presence of Hurts bothers him that much, it may not be long before Philly has to simply accept in inevitable.
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If the Philadelphia Eagles continue to stick with Carson Wentz at quarterback, it reportedly won’t be because ownership is forcing it.
According to Geoff Mosher of Inside the Birds, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie has made it clear that Jalen Hurts can take over quarterback duties if Wentz struggles. In other words, ownership is not going to force the team to play Wentz, the former No. 2 pick and designated franchise quarterback.
Wentz has consistently struggled all season. His 14 interceptions are the worst total in the league, and he’s completed a career-worst 58.4 percent of his passes so far. With the Eagles still in the NFC East hunt, urgency may be needed if these issues continue.
It sounds increasingly likely that we’ll be seeing more of Hurts in upcoming games. For now, it may just be on individual plays, but the door appears open for much more.
Carson Wentz has consistently been one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL this season, and the Philadelphia Eagles are finally planning to give someone else a chance to take snaps in their Week 12 game.
Rookie second-round pick Jalen Hurts has taken first-team reps in practice this week and will get some snaps in place of Wentz in Monday night’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. Hurts has been on the field for some plays this season, but never without Wentz.
Hurts is not expected to play an entire series, but head coach Doug Pederson has implemented a handful of plays for the former Alabama star after a good week of practice.
Hurts has 12 carries for 56 yards and has caught one pass this season. He has also completed both of his pass attempts for 27 yards, though Wentz was on the field for both of those.
Wentz has thrown 14 interceptions this season, which is the most in the NFL. His passer rating of 73.3 is third-worst in the NFL ahead of only Drew Lock and Sam Darnold. There have been numerous calls for the Eagles to bench Wentz, but there is one main reason they have yet to do that and may not this year.
As the Philadelphia Eagles continue to struggle on offense and questions grow about Carson Wentz’s future, coach Doug Pederson admitted it may be time to add some different looks.
Pederson said Monday that he would like to involve Hurts in the offense more after the rookie played just one snap Sunday.
“I think I can get him in the game a little bit more,” Pederson said, via Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.
That could mean anything. Five snaps would be “a little bit more” than one, for instance. It’s at least an admission that the offense isn’t working right now and may require some different looks.
One thing that is clear: the possibility of Hurts replacing Wentz full-time is not on the table. Pederson has consistently resisted benching Wentz, and said so again on Sunday. Hurts may change the pace more, but this is still Wentz’s job right now.
The Philadelphia Eagles appear to believe they’ve found a gem in Jalen Hurts.
The Eagles have been “blown away” by Hurts’ athleticism and intelligence during training camp so far, according to NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah, and the staff has “fallen in love with him.”
“I’m excited to see what they do with Jalen Hurts,” Jeremiah told NFL Network’s “Inside Training Camp” on Tuesday, via Nick Kosko of 247 Sports. “All reports I’ve gotten out of Eagles camp, they are blown away with not only…how athletic he is, but how smart he is and how much of a professional he is. He just carries himself as a veteran. Everyone’s fallen in love with him.”
Jeremiah added that he does not expect Hurts to get high volume usage this season, but feels the Eagles won’t be afraid to use him in the right spot as a dual threat.
The Eagles surprised many by selecting Hurts in the second round of April’s NFL Draft despite having a franchise quarterback in Carson Wentz. From the beginning, though, it sounded like they had creative ideas for how to use him. The fact that he’s proving wildly impressive from a professional standpoint is even better.