A month ago, no one was even sure if Jalen Hurts was going to be the Eagles’ quarterback moving forward.
On Thursday, Hurts was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month.
Hurts brilliantly led the Eagles to three victories in September — defeating Detroit, Minnesota and Washington — while showing enormous improvement from last season.
- “Just the way he’s kind of seeing the field right now,” coach Nick Sirianni said about Hurts’ development in the passing game.
- “He’s identifying what’s coming, he’s knowing where to go with the football. His accuracy has been really outstanding. I think his numbers speak for itself, where we are at this point in the season. He’s been on it.
- “It’s that development that you always want out of every quarterback, is to see it faster, to get the ball to the guys that the ball is supposed to go to in the coverage they’re playing and that it’s an accurate ball.
- “He’s continued to improve on those things.”
The Eagles are the NFC’s only undefeated team and one of two unbeaten teams in the league.
Hurts leads the NFL’s No. 1-ranked offense and third-best passing offense. He leads the league in yards per attempt at 9.3 and has the highest passer rating of any NFC quarterback at 106.5.
He has completed 66-of-98 passes (67.3 percent) for 916 yards and four touchdowns. He has rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns.
More than the numbers, Hurts has developed an in-charge presence on the field. He appears to never get rattled and his calm demeanor exudes confidence and leadership to his teammates.
Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen was asked about Hurts’ maturation process.
“You know what, I think just his mental makeup, his DNA and how he goes about his business, it’s so impressive,” Steichen said. “It’s second to none, it really is. If he continues on this trend, it’s going to be special.
“He’s doing a hell of a job right now and we have to keep it going.”