Nick Foles Highlights Why Jalen Hurts Will Lead Team to a Championship

Nick Foles think Jalen Hurts has what it takes to lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl title: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Nick Foles think Jalen Hurts has what it takes to lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl title: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /

Watching Jalen Hurts progress over the last few years has been a true joy for Eagles fans. His rapid development into one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL is a huge reason why we had the best record in the NFC last year and made it all the way to the Super Bowl.

Hurts proved he was the real deal in 2022, taking his game to another level (especially his passing) and finishing as the MVP runner-up behind Patrick Mahomes. He then battled through a late-season shoulder injury to carry us through the playoffs, going toe-to-toe with Mahomes in the big game before ultimately falling just short.

Now, all eyes are on Hurts to see if he has what it takes to finish the job and bring Philly a title in 2023. It’s definitely encouraging that the most recent quarterback to win it all with the Eagles believes that Hurts is capable of doing the same.

Nick Foles Praises Jalen Hurts

Nick Foles, who led Philly past Tom Brady and the Patriots in Super Bowl LII back in 2018, praised Hurts on his podcast on Thursday morning. Foles highlighted Hurts’ leadership skills as well as his ability to handle the big stage — two extremely important qualities for a championship-winning quarterback. Foles won Super Bowl MVP in 2018 and got the Eagles to rally around him after Carson Wentz went down, so he definitely knows what he’s talking about.

Based on what we saw from Hurts last year, Foles’ assessment appears to be spot-on. Despite being just 24 and having only one full season as an NFL starter under his belt, Hurts stepped up in a big way to lead the Eagles last year. He smoothly integrated A.J. Brown into the offense and Philly followed his lead, going 16-2 (including playoffs) when he was under center and 0-2 without him.

Hurts made his teammates better, and he also was phenomenal on the game’s biggest stage. Under the bright lights of Super Bowl LVII, Hurts matched and arguably outplayed Mahomes right up until the very end, finishing with 304 passing yards, 70 rushing yards and 3 total touchdowns. If the Eagles had won, he certainly would have received Super Bowl MVP. Not bad for a guy playing in his first Super Bowl.

Given how Hurts handled the pressure of his first deep playoff run, it seems like only a matter of time before he ultimately wins a championship. He’s worked hard to improve his game over his first three seasons, so another leap could be coming in Year 4. He’s also shown he’s not afraid of big moments and can deliver when the stakes are raised.

It also helps that Hurts plays on one of the most talented rosters in the NFL, of course, but it speaks volumes about his leadership skills to unite so many talented players and keep things running smoothly on the field.

Hurts just turned 25, and he might still be getting better. His physical skills are off the charts, but it’s his intangibles that set him apart and make him a true winner. We have the second-best odds to win the Super Bowl at FanDuel for a lot of reasons, but Hurts is easily the biggest one.

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