2. Philadelphia Eagles must continue the development of QB Jalen Hurts
It’s odd to think that the Philadelphia Eagles have been to the playoffs four times in five seasons dating back to 2017. That first year resulted in a Super Bowl championship campaign. And the organization has done it under the guidance of two different head coaches (Doug Pederson and Nick Sirianni) while starting three different quarterbacks (Nick Foles, Carson Wentz, and Jalen Hurts) in a combined seven postseason contests.
During the regular season, Hurts had his ups and downs in his first real year taking over for Wentz (he made 4 starts in 2020). He completed 61.3 percent of his passes for 3,144 yards. He had nearly as many turnovers (11) as touchdown passes (16). But he did lead the team with 784 yards on the ground and scored a club-best 10 TDs.
Eagles’ general manager Howie Roseman has made it clear that despite some ups and downs, Hurts has earned the starting quarterback job in 2022 (via Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press). It’s worth noting that when given the opportunity, former Jaguars’/turned Eagles’ quarterback Gardner Minshew played very well. Hurts certainly needs more reps and a second year in Nick Sirianni’s system to really show what he can do.