The Eagles are in desperate need of a quarterback, and they have the money to spend. Jalen Hurts is already being compared to Tim Tebow, but it’s not clear if he’ll be worth the investment.
No one knew what the Philadelphia Eagles would look like heading into the 2021 NFL season.
On the one hand, they had a brand-new offense led by Jalen Hurts and first-round rookie DeVonta Smith, as well as a totally revamped coaching staff. They did, however, split ways with Carson Wentz and Super Bowl-winning head coach Doug Pederson, a very effective combination for the club.
Despite an encouraging Week 1 victory against the Atlanta Falcons, early indications suggest the Eagles will not be competitive anytime soon.
The Eagles have had a shaky start.
The Eagles haven’t looked like a decent football team since Week 1. They’ve lost four of their past five games, with two of those defeats ending in a rout. During Week 3, the Dallas Cowboys blasted them away. They then enabled the Kansas City Chiefs to score 40 points or more during Andy Reid’s return to Philadelphia.
While the Eagles’ defense has its share of problems, the offense is the most worrisome.
DeVonta Smith has yet to fully break out, Miles Sanders is becoming an afterthought, and Jalen Hurts’ play is inconsistent at best. Nick Sirianni’s playbook largely consists of screens and endless RPOs, DeVonta Smith has yet to fully break out, Miles Sanders is becoming an afterthought, and Jalen Hurts’ play is inconsistent at best.
Hurts has four interceptions and four fumbles on the season thus far. He has a worse QBR (quarterback rating) than he had in 2020. (37.5 compared to 41.0). Despite all of the hoopla around Hurts and the Eagles’ new-look offense, they seem to be just as awful — if not worse — as they were last season.
Tim Tebow has been likened to Jalen Hurts.
Hurts cannot be held responsible for all of Philadelphia’s problems. He is, nevertheless, the starter quarterback. He is unquestionably the target of the bulk of the criticism.
Hurts’ awful performance against a depleted Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense drew parallels to Tim Tebow from more than one media member lately. Following Philadelphia’s Week 6 defeat, both Colin Cowherd and Andy Holloway of The Fantasy Footballers drew the connection.
For what it’s worth, they aren’t entirely wrong in their assertion. Both Hurts and Tebow were collegiate superstars with exceptional agility and movement on their résumés. Both players struggled when they arrived in the NFL and were expected to pass in an NFL-style system.
Tebow had a 38.6 QBR during his seven-win season with the Denver Broncos, which is slightly better than Hurts’ current mark.
This is obviously bad news for the Eagles. There’s a reason Tebow isn’t in the NFL anymore.
If things don’t improve, the Eagles will have to pivot away from Jalen Hurts.
Mitchell Leff/Getty Images, Sam Greenwood/Getty Images, Jalen Hurts, Tim Tebow
If the Eagles keep Hurts for the remainder of the season, there’s still time for him to turn around his career. However, doubts are undoubtedly being sown in the minds of Eagles management.
There’s no way to justify Hurts being the starting quarterback in 2022 if he doesn’t significantly improve between now and the conclusion of the 2021 season.
In the 2022 NFL Draft, the Eagles have a minimum of two first-round choices, with the possibility of a third from the Indianapolis Colts. The Eagles would be idiots not to explore a move for a new quarterback with so much draft ammo and a precarious QB position.
There are better alternatives available, whether via trade or the draft, that won’t be compared to Tebow.
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