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TAMPA, Fla. – Philadelphia Eagles coach Nick Sirianni gave quarterback Jalen Hurts strong support after Sunday’s 31-15 playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as attention revolves around whether the team will take up his position out of season.
“He did not play his best game as we all know. But you do not take the work he had, 15 weeks, and … put everything on this game,” Sirianni said of Hurts, who went 23-of-43 for 258 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in the NFC wildcard loss to Tampa Bay. “I know we’re all judged on the last game we played, I fully understand that, but I felt Jalen grew through the year. And he got better as a pass player, he got better at reading defense and get the ball to He developed so much in his ability to extend play, not only play with his feet, but also make games downfield on scramble.
“I feel really good about what we have in place right here at quarterback position. I thought he had a great year and he came a long way and that’s what I expect from Jalen, just because of that character “he has, the toughness he has. has the love of football he has. I can not say enough things about the person Jalen and the player.”
In his first year as a starter, the 23-year-old Hurts completed 61.3% of his passes in 3,144 yards with 16 touchdowns to nine interceptions, while leading all quarterbacks with 784 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns, leading the Eagles to a 9- 8 finish in regular season to secure the seventh and final playoff seed.
He suffered a high ankle sprain against the New York Giants in late November – an injury that hampered him down the stretch. He wore a walking boot on his left foot at his press conference after the game on Sunday. Asked if he will need an off-season surgery, Hurts replied, “I hope not.”
Hurts’ ankle was sore, so he wore the boot after the fight for comfort, the team said.
The Eagles have three first-round picks (Nos. 15, 16 and 19) in the April draft. The question facing the franchise is whether to use this capital to acquire a new signal caller – by packing the choices in a trade for an established veteran, or by choosing a customer in this draft class – or to drive with Hurts and use these choices to strengthen the talent around him.
When Hurts spoke after the game, I already had an eye on the 2022 season.
“This game does not define us, does not define who we are. We know all the different things we have overcome, we know the environment that we have built as a football team and an organization. … I know as a football team, we will come back, “he said. “And it’s a feeling that will simmer in our hearts and simmer for all of us. And with the youth on this football team, we will definitely come back hungry.”