In the Jalen Hurts vs Gardner Minshew debate, there is only one answer for Eagles

Head coach Nick Sirianni does not want to enter into discussions: he is clear who is his first option, this season

EAST RUTHERFORD – Monday marks the first anniversary of the change of Carson wentz in favor of Jalen hurts.

Suggestions to Philadelphia Eagles to make a quarterback change occurred weeks before, while Wentz he was going through the worst season of his career. The then coach Doug pederson He resisted for a time, understanding the weight and possible consequences of such a decision. But with the Eagles behind the Green Bay Packers, 20-6, in the Week 13, and the offense once again stalled in neutral, Pederson went with Hurts early in the third quarter.

Hurts He brought the offense to life and gave him some juice on the season. He beat the New orleans saints the week following his first career start, and despite ups and downs in the last three games, he proved to be the more effective quarterback of the two. However, the change to Hurts set in motion a chain of events that led to Wentz, discontent, was changed and Pederson and most of his staff laid off.

The lessons of that situation should be applied a year later with the quarterback position of the Eagles once again as a topic of conversation. Gardner Minshew opened on Sunday in place of the injured Hurts and it was brilliant against New York Jets, with 20 of 25 for 242 yards with two touchdowns and a 33-18 victory. Tight end Dallas goedert (six receptions, 105 yards, two touchdowns) had his best day of his career and the passing game was efficient, fueling curiosity about what the offense would look like with Minshew in command for the long haul.

Coach Nick sirianni He did his best to end the debate before it gained steam.

“He plays really well when he’s indoors,” he stressed. Sirianni about Hurts, “so when he’s healthy and back, he’ll be our headline.”

Hurts you have earned that right.

Comes off the first performance of three interceptions of his career against the New York Giants and has been inconsistent in the passing game, his 60.1 completion percentage ranked 28th in the NFL going into Week 13, but overall, he’s had the offense at a pretty high level. The Eagles They rank eighth in red zone success rate (66 percent), fifth in third-down conversions (45.4 percent) and 10th in points per game (25.9); Hurts ranks second among quarterbacks with 695 rushing yards, behind only Lamar jackson. From weeks 7-11, Hurts was the number one quarterback in the NFL at QBR (75.0) before taking a step back against New York.

This is not a case where the starting quarterback slows down a team. There is no desperation similar to last year to get things going.

Even if there is, change to Minshew it would not be the correct answer. Unlike other positions where you can change the starter without much setback, flipping the quarterbacks can have an irreversible impact. It can cause split loyalties in the locker room and lead players to question the coaching staff and the entire operation. The chances of pushback are much greater when the demoted quarterback has established himself as a respected team leader, as he has. Hurts.

With Wentz, his remaining confidence in the organization flew by the moment he was replaced in the lineup. The risk is not worth the reward and fracturing the relationship with your current QB1.

With Wentz on loan in an offseason trade, Hurts received the controls. The team has gone into a state of transition, and with the Eagles With more than three first-round picks in the April draft, capital they can use to chase down a quarterback if they want to, this season was primarily focused on figuring out if he’s the long-term answer.

That remains the most important issue facing Eagles. There are four games left on the regular season schedule, giving Philadelphia four more opportunities to evaluate Hurts before making a decision to alter the franchise.

Minshew he can be an effective quarterback. He has 39 career touchdowns versus 11 interceptions. It looked really good on Sunday. But it was against Jets, who have a habit of making opposing quarterbacks look really good. Even before giving up 418 yards to the Eagles on Sunday, the defense of the Jets it was the worst of the NFL during the first 12 weeks, depending on the Football Power Index from ESPN.

Mania with Minshew she is funny. It’s natural to wonder what the offense would look like in your next game against Washington with him at the controls.

But you don’t have to look far back in the history of this team to know that shortsighted quarterback decisions often blow up in your face.