Philly Fans, nine weeks into the NFL 2022 season and your beloved Philadelphia Eagles are 8-0 for the first time in franchise history. General manager, Howie Roseman, is almost a for-sure pick for executive of the year and this team has All-Pros and Pro-Bowl players throughout their roster.
Now, understandably all of those pieces have a lot to do with the Eagles being undefeated, but the one who is seemingly putting it all together is none other than Jalen Hurts. Out of all the surprises this season, Hurts' vast improvement from last year is on top of that list. However, should Philly fans be surprised? What if everyone just missed the signs that this was coming? Let's take a look at how Jalen got here.
The 'WTF' moment - April 24th, 2020.
Yep, said what I said. Why? Because that was the reaction of every fan when the Philadelphia Eagles drafted Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Alexander Hurts with the 53rd overall pick. After former QB, Carson Wentz, had a pretty solid 2019 season, it was curious to understand why the Birds chose Hurts over the likes of Van Jefferson, Kristian Fulton, or Jeremy Chin. I was right there with you if I am being honest myself. The guy who got benched in Alabama? Hurts was at the time to have been viewed as a 3rd or 4th round pick at best, but Philly chose to take him in the second round.
The "Let's see what he's got' moment - December 6th, 2020.
After some in-and-out gadget plays, the big story of the 2020 season was how bad Carson Wentz was playing. Having Hurts start in his place was a source of controversy both in the franchise and this fan base, but on December 6th, Wentz got benched against the Green Bay Packers, and Jalen took over. Now, he did not exactly light the world up, but he made enough good plays in that game to earn himself another game. Jalen finished the season with 1061 passing yards, 354 rushing yards, 9 total touchdowns, 4 interceptions, all while completing 52% of his passes.
The 'Hurts will be the starter' moment - August 31st, 2021.
With Carson Wentz now shipped out of town and the new coaching staff running the show, Jalen Hurts was officially named the starter ahead of the 2021 season. Hurts did just enough in 2020 to get this chance, and now it was time to see what Jalen could do in his first full year as a starter. The young QB had high-flying moments and low times during the 2021 season, but he helped lead the Eagles to the playoffs in his first season starting. Ultimately the Birds went 9-8, and Hurts finished with 3,144 passing yards, 784 rushing yards, 26 total touchdowns, 9 interceptions, all while completing 62% of his passes.
The 'Trade for or he is the guy' moment - 2022 off-season.
Heading into the 2022 off-season, this fan base was split, and it truly seemed like even the Eagles' franchise was split on Jalen Hurts being the guy for the upcoming league year. It was no secret that the Birds were in trade talks with a few teams regarding quarterbacks such as Russell Wilson or Deshaun Watson. What Philly would pay for those types of quarterbacks, would they fit in Philadelphia, and if the team should just look to the draft for a quarterback were all questions circling this franchise. Ultimately, none of these moves came to pass.
The 'It's on you now' moment - April 28th, 2022.
With this team already having Dallas Goedert, DeVonta Smith, and Miles Sanders, this offense was in pretty good shape. Then, as Howie Roseman often does, he made a move that no one saw coming, trading with the Tennessee Titans for star receiver AJ Brown. With the addition of Brown, it was clear this team was going to give Hurts every chance to succeed this season and truly will know if he was the guy.
The' From Idk to MVP' moment - November 2022.
Six months removed from draft night, the Eagles are currently the only undefeated team in the NFL with a record of 8-0, for the first time in franchise history. As far as Jalen Hurts being the guy? Currently, Hurts is 10th in passing yards, 6th in completion percentage, 2nd in yards per attempt, and is rated 2nd overall. In the first few weeks of the season, Jalen was more or less a whisper in the MVP conversation, now he is full blown in the running, and with Josh Allen possibly missing some time, he could take home the title. His mechanics, processing, and ability to read defenses have improved to the point that no one could've seen coming.
After what was thought to be a start of a long search, the Eagles have once again found their Franchise quarterback.
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