Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts was 6-for-6 on passing for 80 yards and a touchdown in Friday’s preseason game.
Coach Nick Sirianni said Jalen Hurts is ‘unfazed’ by pressure, criticism and in-game situations. Jalen Hurts is going to have to be unfazed if he continues to be the subject of criticism going forward.
Last season, the quarterback was under scrutiny for his decision making around when to leave the pocket.
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“I think it’s interesting; I think it’s also to be known that leaving the pocket isn’t just something that you see when the protection breaks down,” said Sirianni.
“People think like, oh, we left the pocket early, and the protection was good. Well, sometimes nobody is open. And sometimes the defense calls a good play and it’s not a good look in the coverage.
“So, it’s not as easy to say that the protection broke down, so he left, because that’s obvious. I think the thing that is not as obvious is, again, what I said, somebody slipped on a route out or the defense played a good coverage and there wasn’t anybody open and he’s trying to create with a scramble. He did a great job of that. I thought he played a good football game, first drive, and we’ll just look to build on that.”
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“I thought Jalen said it perfectly,” Sirianni said. “He said it perfectly, how did he say it? He said, ‘I got hit late. They threw the flag. I moved on. I ain’t tripping.’ Perfectly said. Perfectly said. And that is who he is. That’s Jalen. It doesn’t matter if he threw an interception or I’m screaming in his face; the people in Washington fall out of the stands and almost break his leg, he’s pretty unfazed and that’s a great quality to have as a quarterback because he’s going to be unfazed in the first quarter, he’s going to be unfazed in the second quarter, third, fourth. That is a great quality to have in a quarterback.”