Ron Jaworksi: Jalen Hurts is a ‘Football Wonk’

Ron Jaworksi: Jalen Hurts is a ‘Football Wonk’

Few understand the quarterback position in Philadelphia better than Jaworski, who spent a decade with the Eagles as a starter beginning in 1977 and led the organization to its first Super Bowl berth after the 1980 season. More so, Jaworski settled in the Delaware Valley after his 17-year NFL career ended in 1989 and has remained very close to the organization, even serving on the committee that ultimately decided to hire Doug Pederson back in 2016.

Ron Jaworksi: Jalen Hurts is a ‘Football Wonk’ Jaws’ long media career with ESPN was also built on film work, especially at the QB position.

“Incomplete right now,” Jaworski said when asked if Hurts will be the long-term answer for the Eagles. “We haven’t seen enough to say, ‘Oh yeah, he’s the guy.’ It takes time to develop in this league.” “You know I spoke to a lot of coaches about Jalen Hurts, and he is a football wonk,” Jaworski said. “He loves football. He studies the game, he asks a lot of questions, the players matriculate to him, they like him, you know, he’s got an effervescence for the game. You watch him on the field, a calmness, but you could tell the passion that he has, he has those intangibles as well.

According to Jaworski, though, the positives with Hurts start with the mental acuity and natural leadership skills that the former Alabama and Oklahoma star couples with that aforementioned NFL talent. Now 70, Jaworksi still has an office at NFL Films and with the technological advancements often gets game film two hours after the completion of any given contest he wants to take a look at, something that typically starts with the Eagles.

“What he lacks is experience.” “Everyone gets excited when a young quarterback comes on the field and he runs for a first down,” noted Jaworski. “Remember, I was with a guy, Randall Cunningham, for a couple of years. I know about a guy that can break the pocket and make exciting plays and Jalen Hurts can do that.

And that’s the great unknown.  And Hurts struggled last season after opposing defenses got more film on him and began throwing change-ups.

Can Hurts adjust to the adjustments made to him? And Hurts struggled last season after opposing defenses got more film on him and began throwing change-ups.

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