Jalen Hurts answered the questions whether he should be the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2022 by taking the franchise to the playoffs in just his second season in the NFL. The debate still remains whether Hurts is the franchise quarterback, even if Hurts has continued to show progress throughout the year.
Perhaps Hurts’ draft selection plays a role in that, being the fifth quarterback taken in a draft that already includes franchise quarterbacks in Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert. How Hurts has transformed the Eagles offense into the No. 1 rushing attack in the NFL plays a vital role in his evaluation and demonstrates why he should be under consideration as the team’s long-term answer at quarterback.
Taking the Eagles to the playoffs is massive for Hurts, who is in his first full season as a starting quarterback. Another mobile quarterback that was a difference maker in Philadelphia accomplished the same task — Donovan McNabb. Handed the keys to the Eagles offense at the start of the 2000 season, McNabb led Philadelphia to the playoffs as the Eagles finished 11-5 on the year — their first playoff appearance in four…