By Michael Bennett
Ask Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts what the biggest difference is this year over his first two training camps, and he doesn’t miss a beat:
“This is my first time having the same play caller and same coach since I had my dad in high school when I was 16,” Hurts said.
“I think there’s a big difference in that. It’s exciting . . . we’ve spent so many conversations talking. It’s a rep-by-rep thing. Resetting every play, and treating every play independently.”
Coach Nick Sirianni sees the same benefit to the extended time together and said that he’s observed “decisions are being made quicker and faster” now that Hurts has had more time in the system. Those things will need to translate to game action and there will be a lot fewer questions about the future of the Eagles offense if they make that jump this fall.
Hurts and Sirianni have spent the last two years together, which marks a major change for a player who transferred in college and saw his first pro head coach fired after his rookie season. Hurts said it’s been a positive change to have that kind of continuity in place.