Can you imagine your team coming into a season with a vastly overhauled roster and ready to compete for a division title and possibly a long playoff run? Can you imagine your team trading for an arguably top 10 receiver in the NFL and a former Heisman Winning Receiver as your team’s Wide Receiver tandem? Imagine all of this and add in an emerging tight end, a few complementary receivers, and one of the top three offensive lines in the entire league. However, there’s one issue. The guy playing quarterback. No, it’s not that he can’t play or is untrustworthy. In fact, he’s proven himself to be a leader (THEE leader for this team), coachable, a playmaker, and a WINNER. Stop with the Hurts Hate. Root for your Philadelphia Eagles QB!
So What Is the Issue?
So what is the issue? Ah, he’s not the “prototypical QB.” What does that even mean? Can someone actually tell me what a “prototypical QB” is? Josh Allen? Aaron Rodgers? Tom Brady? Justin Herbert? FALSE!!!!! None of those QBs is a prototypical QB. Josh Allen is 6’5”, 240 lbs, has a cannon of an arm, and is so far the uncrowned MVP (according to the writers and those on the Bills hype train) of the 2022-2023 season.
According to the fans clamoring for this type of QB, “He stands in the pocket and delivers a strike while taking a hit, and he only runs when he needs to.” Pardon my laugh, but the last time I checked, Josh Allen was trying to run over Linebackers in the season opener. He’s on his way to being great, and I take nothing away from him, but when are people going to be fair? I don’t see anyone calling out Josh Allen for “running too much” or telling him to stop running because it’s “not a sustainable way of playing the position.”
Brady and Rodgers are arguably one and two when it comes to being the GOAT. We can go on and on about the accomplishments of these two, but I believe they’re far from being prototypical. While Brady is a statue in the pocket, he’s mastered offense (no, not a particular offense, but the offense in general). There isn’t a defense that can surprise either one of these players. While Rodgers has won only one Super Bowl (compared to Brady’s six) and has had a miserable playoff record over the last few years, time and time again, he’s displayed greatness and has answered the call of being a “baaaaaaaad man” (Stephen A. Smith voice).
Rodgers is mobile but not a “running QB” to the likes of Lamar Jackson, Kyler Murray, and, you guessed it, Jalen Hurts. He’s mobile enough to push the pocket and deliver strikes all over the field while keeping defenses honest and occasionally running for a first down. Folks, that’s not normal. That may be an idea of normal, but to actually master it the way Rodgers has takes time, years, experience, heartbreak, practice, more practice, and even more practice.
Up and COming QBs
The youngest of these QBs is Justin Herbert. Most people have been mesmerized by how Herbert can deliver the football accurately and drive the ball downfield. They love his pocket presence and his cannon of an arm. Allow me to say that Justin Herbert isn’t prototypical, but he is special. It takes YEARS to learn to be that accurate and precise along with mastering an offense. What makes people think QBs such as Herbert grow on trees (or, in this case, the draft)? If you’re lucky, you may find someone with two main attributes needed to be an effective QB.
Why Not Root for YOUR QB?
So why not stick with your own guy and root for Hurts? Because you don’t like that he runs so much? His legs are a weapon and make him that much more of a dynamic player and playmaker. Yes, he rushed the ball 17 times in week one, but that accounted for 90 yards of offense. His teammates came out and not only stated how important he was helping the team get a Week 1 win but praised his playmaking ability and emphasized that it was this that bailed them out numerous times in the game. So you say/are worried he can’t read defenses?
News flash, QBs in their first few seasons STILL can’t fully concept all defensive schemes. Early in his career, Josh Allen was HORRIBLE!!! He was inaccurate, ran every chance he got, and fans hated him. He has to GROW AND DEVELOP into the QB he is currently. Stop with the Hurts hate.
Additionally, did we forget that the Eagles were playing against a Todd Bowles-led defense in that playoff game? Did we forget that Todd Bowles is arguably the best defensive mind in the game today? If you don’t believe me, just take a look at what the Bucs have done so far this season. That defense scored more TDs than they gave up in the first two weeks of the season. You say, “Hurts’ arm isn’t big enough.” Well, I can remember Drew Brees playing the game and his arm not being a big arm. He only led his team to numerous playoff wins and broke numerous throwing records before retiring.
Stop With the Hurts Hate
As a fan, you should want the best for your team. If you see a player dogging it, you should have the option to call your local radio station (or send a tweet to the Philly Sports Four for 4 Podcast) and complain about said player. However, crying and complaining after your team WON is unnecessary and irrational. I get that the people who just hate Hurts will always hate him. There is nothing he can do to change their minds and win their fandom.
However, it’s important to recognize that he is QB1 of the Philadelphia Eagles for the present and foreseeable future. Trying to shame him and denigrate him because he doesn’t play a style of quarterback “conducive to your liking” is cruel and irresponsible as a fan. You should be cheering for your squad to make plays, win games, make a playoff run, and hopefully bring another Lombardi trophy back to Philadelphia. While we as fans do not play the games weekly, we can at least get on one accord and cheer for our QB and team. Stop the irrational Hurts hate, and Fly, Eagles Fly.