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Should Eagles Ever Bench Jalen Hurts This Season?

  • The Draft Network
  • October 26, 2021
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The Philadelphia Eagles turned in yet another pitiful performance in Sunday's 33-22 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. The defeat dropped the Eagles to a hopeless 2-5 and provided more questions than answers. There seems to be a growing disconnect between head coach Nick Sirianni and starting quarterback Jalen Hurts, who has thus far regressed in his sophomore campaign. The Eagles lack a clear direction and identity on the offensive side of the ball and there is plenty of blame to go around for their current woes.

Hurts' recent string of poor performances has led many in Philadelphia to believe that backup signal-caller Gardner Minshew may earn an opportunity to quarterback the offense down the stretch. On the surface, it’s easy to understand why the chatter of a change at the quarterback position has already begun. Hurts is undeniably struggling and Minshew is more than capable of injecting a bolt of energy into a lifeless offense. After all, the former Washington State standout has thrown an impressive 37 touchdowns versus just 11 interceptions in 23 career appearances.

As Sirianni continues to search for the recipe to uplift his Eagles, the Minshew support will likely get louder. While the immediate payoff could prove to be intriguing, the Eagles would lose sight of what's most important by traveling down that road. They must make a decision on Hurts' future and should spend the remaining 10 games on their schedule evaluating their sophomore quarterback.

A second-round pick out of Oklahoma just a year ago, Hurts recorded his 11th career start against the Raiders on Sunday. We live in the age of instant gratification, but the Eagles would be greatly misguided if they felt like they’ve seen enough to make a monumental decision regarding the future of their starting quarterback. 

Standing by Hurts as the losses continue to mount may be a difficult sell to the league’s most passionate and rambunctious fan base, but it's the correct decision. The Eagles must stay the course and continue to surround Hurts with the support he craves in order to be successful. Replacing Hurts with Minshew may provide an extra win or two, but it would be a rash decision that would hurt Philadelphia’s long-term outlook. Bad franchises make rash, bad decisions, and good ones remain level-headed while failing to lose sight of the end goal. We’ll find out a lot about the Eagles’ leadership in the coming weeks.

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