Eagles OC: Hurts Always Had "Great Feel For Avoiding Contact"

August 10, 2023

Athlete Studio

Over the last two seasons, Jalen Hurts has established himself as one of the premier quarterbacks in the league, showcasing his exceptional skills as both a passer and a runner. His ability to excel in these two aspects of the game has elevated him to the top echelons of the sport.

Last season, Hurts proved his prowess on the ground by amassing an impressive 760 rushing yards on 165 attempts. Additionally, Hurts found the end zone an impressive 13 times through his rushing prowess.

However, the decision to incorporate a running element into a quarterback's game inevitably brings with it an increased risk of injury. With every rushing attempt, Hurts exposes himself to potential hits that could jeopardize his availability on the field. Thankfully, the Philadelphia Eagles have full confidence in Hurts' ability to navigate through these challenges unscathed.

During a recent press conference, offensive coordinator Brian Johnson emphasized the team's approach to protect their star quarterback. "We always take into consideration the amount of risk we expose Jalen to, especially in the run game," Johnson stated. "While certain situations within a game may necessitate instinctual reactions, Jalen possesses exceptional instincts when it comes to avoiding contact and ensuring his own safety."

Johnson further expressed the importance of Hurts utilizing every tool at his disposal to maximize his performance. As Hurts continues to evolve as a player, it becomes increasingly crucial for him to leverage his entire skillset to deliver his best on the field.

Last season, Hurts emerged as a leading contender for the prestigious MVP award, propelling the Philadelphia Eagles to a conference championship. With Hurts' exceptional talent and the team's collective efforts, the Eagles are poised for continued success in the upcoming 2023 season. 

Consequently, the Eagles must strike a delicate balance in their play-calling. While they undoubtedly want to unleash Hurts' full potential as a dual-threat quarterback, they must also prioritize his well-being. By carefully managing the risk-reward ratio, the Eagles aim to keep their star player healthy and at the top of his game throughout the season.

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