Jan 15, 2024; Tampa, Florida, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) reacts during the second half of a 2024 NFC wild card game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles QB Jalen Hurts yearns for offensive continuity

Preparing to work under a fourth offensive coordinator as he enters his fifth season, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts said he is excited but also expressed his desire for consistency in the coaching ranks.

“I find myself in a situation very similar to college in terms of having a constantly revolving door in terms of coordinators and coaches,” Hurts told reporters Wednesday. “But I’ve always managed to have success in it, so that’s always been a good thing, because you’ve been able to learn from people and apply it.”

Kellen Moore is the Eagles’ new offensive coordinator this season, replacing Brian Johnson, who was fired after the offense struggled down the stretch. Following a 10-1 start, Philadelphia dropped six of its last seven before losing in an NFC wild-card game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In his four college seasons (three at Alabama, one at Oklahoma), Hurts had a different playcaller every year. It wasn’t until 2021-22 that Hurts had the same coordinator for consecutive seasons, when now-Indianapolis Colts head coach Shane Steichen held the role.

“I think as a player, I definitely yearn for the sustainability and the consistency there,” Hurts said. “As a quarterback, I yearn for those things in a playcaller and a quarterback coach because you kind of see how consistency in those areas can breed excellence,”

Under Steichen’s tutelage, Hurts led the Eagles to an appearance in Super Bowl LVII and finished second in MVP voting in 2022.

When Steichen left for Indianapolis, Johnson was promoted from QB coach to offensive coordinator, but he, Hurts and head coach Nick Sirianni reportedly didn’t see eye to eye.

“I think the best of him. He’s been a huge part of my development in my time here as an Eagle,” Hurts said of Johnson, a longtime family friend who is now the Washington Commanders’ assistant head coach/offensive pass game coordinator.

As for working with Moore, Hurts said he’ll soak it all in and be ready to adjust when it comes to the new coordinator’s game plan.

“I’m just all ears. I’m a sponge. I think there’s some beauty in that,” Hurts said. “I’m just in sponge mode. I’m letting them do what it is they’re going to do, and then we kind of adjust from there. I think the thing that we all have to understand is the importance of a foundation in something.

“So I want the coaches to declare their foundation in terms of what they want something to be, how they want it to look, and then obviously you’re going to adjust from there.”

–Field Level Media

New York Giants linebacker Bobby Okereke (58) goes after Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) just before sacking him in the second quarter, Sunday, January 7, 2024.

Report: Eagles QB Jalen Hurts’ middle finger not broken

X-rays showed no fracture to the middle finger of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts’ throwing hand, NFL Network reported Monday.

Hurts has an extra day to recover as the free-falling Eagles prepare to visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for an NFC wild-card game next Monday night.

The Eagles pulled Hurts from Sunday’s game against the New York Giants while trailing by 24 points late in the first half. Philadelphia’s 27-10 loss was its fifth in six games following a 10-1 start.

Hurts was hurt in the first minute of the second quarter when Giants linebacker Bobby Okereke struck him as he was getting rid of the ball. Hurts immediately grabbed his hand and later flashed his awkwardly bent finger.

Hurts stayed in the game but was largely ineffective. He was intercepted by Xavier McKinney with 1:28 remaining in the half and when Philadelphia got the ball back 23 seconds later, Marcus Mariota entered at quarterback.

Hurts, 25, set career highs in passing yards (3,858), touchdown passes (23), interceptions (15) and rushing scores (15) this season.

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Dec 10, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) warmups before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Eagles QB Jalen Hurts questionable vs. Seahawks

The Philadelphia Eagles will list quarterback Jalen Hurts as questionable for Monday night’s game against the host Seattle Seahawks, ESPN reported Sunday morning.

Per the report, Hurts’ sickness worsened overnight, and he will travel to Seattle separately from the team as a means to protect his teammates from becoming ill.

Hurts officially did not have an injury designation on Saturday for the Eagles (10-3), who have lost two in a row heading into their clash versus the Seahawks (6-7).

Hurts, 25, has completed 66.5 percent of his passes for 3,192 yards with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 13 games (all starts). He also has rushed for 460 yards and 12 scores.

Hurts has thrown for 11,098 yards and 63 touchdowns against 29 interceptions in 58 career games (47 starts) since being selected by the Eagles in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He’s also rushed for 2,358 yards and 38 TDs.

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Sep 25, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Hurts, Eagles aim to exact revenge vs. Commanders

Stretching back to December 2021, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts has won 20 of his past 21 starts in the regular season.

He will have an opportunity to atone for the lone blemish on Sunday when Philadelphia (3-0) hosts the Washington Commanders (2-1) in the first NFC East game of the season for both teams.

Hurts and the Eagles started 8-0 last season before the Commanders pulled off a 32-21 stunner on a Monday night in Philadelphia. Hurts passed for two touchdowns and ran for another in that game, but the Eagles turned it over four times — fumbling on three of their last four possessions — and couldn’t stop Washington on long drives of 12, 13, 14 and 16 plays.

Philadelphia is off to another fast start, opening 3-0 in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1992 and 1993.

Hurts passed for 277 yards and scored both a throwing and rushing touchdown in Monday’s 25-11 road win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also threw his second and third picks of the season, already half of his total from last year’s MVP runner-up campaign.

A.J. Brown caught nine passes for 131 yards against the Bucs after being held to 29 yards in a Week 2 victory against the Minnesota Vikings. D’Andre Swift followed up his 175-yard effort against the Vikings with 130 rushing yards at Tampa.

After allowing 364 passing yards and four touchdown throws by Kirk Cousins in Week 2 and 316 yards and three TDs by New England’s Mac Jones in Week 1, the Philadelphia defense limited Baker Mayfield to 146 yards and one TD on Monday night.

The Eagles gained 472 yards of offense and had 27 first downs against the Buccaneers, but coach Nick Sirianni still sees plenty of room for improvement.

“Are we playing our best offensive football right now? No, and we shouldn’t be yet, and it’s a growth,” Sirianni said. “All the teams are growing and no one’s playing the best football that they should be playing right now. I’ve been pleased with where we are.”

The Commanders certainly did not play their best football in last Sunday’s 37-3 home loss against Buffalo. The Bills sacked second-year quarterback Sam Howell nine times and intercepted him on four occasions, losing the shutout on Joey Slye’s 51-yard field goal with only 46 seconds left.

Washington converted only one of its 10 chances on third and fourth downs. Through three games, only the New York Jets (21.6 percent) are worse than the Commanders (25.8) on third down. Washington’s 19 sacks allowed are six more than any other team.

The Commanders have to quickly forget and reset to get ready for Sunday’s road challenge at Philly.

“They’re right now in first place in our division,” Washington coach Ron Rivera said. “Secondly, they were in the Super Bowl last year. Third, it’s a very difficult place to go (with) a passionate group of fans that are up there, but you know, that’s the challenge.

“You’re going into a very hostile environment. Great fan base, good football team. That’s a heck of a combination.”

Three players were deemed non-participants for the Eagles’ walk-through practice Wednesday: safeties Sydney Brown (hamstring) and Justin Evans (neck) and wide receiver Quez Watkins (hamstring).

Limited participants in Wednesday’s session for Washington were tight end Logan Thomas (concussion), running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. (illness) and safety Percy Butler (foot).

–Field Level Media

Dec 4, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) and wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) walks off the field after win against the Tennessee Titans at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles WR A.J. Brown: No beef with QB Jalen Hurts

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver A.J. Brown said he has no issue with quarterback Jalen Hurts.

Brown contends the two merely were involved in a “discussion” during last week’s home opener against the Minnesota Vikings when cameras caught them in an animated sideline interaction that boiled just enough to prompt head coach Nick Sirianni to step between them.

“The sideline discussion, I want you all to know that’s what it was, a discussion,” Brown said, via the Delaware News Journal. “It’s a game that we both love and I want everybody to understand that sometimes emotions run high and that’s kind of what happened. That doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. That doesn’t mean I’m beefing with Jalen.

“And no, it was not about targets. I’m sure everybody thought that because he threw me the ball three times in a row afterwards. But no, I was not over there discussing targets. It was about something that happened earlier and we were having a discussion about it.”

Brown, 26, recorded four catches for 29 yards in the 34-28 victory over Minnesota. His 11 receptions are tied for the team lead with DeVonta Smith, however Brown has yet to find the end zone this season.

Brown, who set a franchise record with 1,496 receiving yards last season, returns to action with the Eagles (2-0) on Monday night against the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0).

–Field Level Media

Feb 12, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, US; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) reacts after scoring against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles’ Jalen Hurts keeps reminder of Super Bowl loss at his fingertips

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts is letting a painful moment from his past serve as daily motivation for his future every time he makes a call, sends a text or checks social media.

The lock screen on Hurts’ cell phone is a picture of himself walking off the field following the Eagles’ 38-35 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII on Feb. 12.

That picture came to light after Eagles punter Ty Zentner posted a video to Instagram of a singing showcase by the team’s rookies. Hurts was seen taking out his phone to record the events.

Hurts threw for 304 yards and totaled four touchdowns (one passing, three rushing) in Super Bowl LVII. He followed that up by signing a five-year, $255 million extension in April that included nearly $179.4 million in total guarantees.

Hurts, who turns 25 next week, has thrown for 7,906 yards and 44 touchdowns against 19 interceptions in 45 games (34 starts) since being selected by the Eagles in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He’s also rushed for 1,898 yards and 26 TDs.

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Feb 12, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, US; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) throws the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Hurts earns master’s degree from Oklahoma

As if leading his team to the Super Bowl and signing a massive contract extension weren’t enough, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts decided to add to his stellar year by earning a master’s degree.

Hurts, 24, received his master’s in human relations from Oklahoma on Friday, as a university vice president, Dr. David Surratt, posted to social media.

Hurts started his college football career at Alabama, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in communication and information sciences after only three years. He transferred to Oklahoma in 2019 and began working on his master’s degree.

The 24-year-old Hurts has said in interviews that he was inspired by his mother, who was a special education teacher around the time of his freshman year of college but saw colleagues around her being laid off and decided to be proactive.

“She went back to school, and she got her master’s to become a counselor,” Hurts told Essence in April. “That’s a living testimony for me.”

Earning his master’s degree caps off an eventful first half of 2023 for the Houston native.

In February, Hurts led the Eagles to Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Ariz., where they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs. The game included a controversial call against the Eagles with less than two minutes left that opened the door for the Chiefs to win, 38-35.

In April, Hurts signed a five-year contract extension worth $255 million, making him the highest paid player in NFL history on a per-year basis.

The Eagles open the season Sept. 10 on the road against the team they beat to win Super Bowl LII, the New England Patriots.

–Field Level Media