Nick Sirianni responds to report Gardner Minshew asked him about Eagles quarterback


Jalen Hurts has done more than enough to prove he should be the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2022, as evidenced by the fact that Philadelphia reached the playoffs in a transition year. While Hurts has the safe starting quarterback, the Eagles have a good No.2 quarterback waiting for an opportunity to start over.

Gardner Minshew reportedly asked Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni what it would take to start in Philadelphia after his performance in Week 13 against the New York Jets. Substitute for Hurts (who had an ankle injury), Minshew finished 20 of 25 for 242 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions (133.7) in the Eagles’ 33-18 win.

Minshew had a brief for the starting position based on that game, but that opportunity is unlikely to happen in Philadelphia.

“He’s a competitor. He’s stuck, whether he’s the substitute, whether he’s playing,” said Sirianni. “He’s been in both scenarios this year with the Jets game, playing in that game, not knowing if he’s playing in that game until late in the week.

“The guy is going to prepare like crazy no matter what the situation is, and he’s competitive. Of course every save we have in this team, if they didn’t want to be the starter I would have a problem with them. being the backup. “

The Eagles have no problem with the quarterback if the Hurts wasted time due to injury. In that Jets game, Minshew completed his first 11 assists and his 93.3% first half completion rate was the highest since Donovan McNabb in 2007 – tied for best score by any quarterback. back of the Eagles since at least 1991 (when these stats were first kept). The Eagles scored on their first seven possessions in this game, the first time they have scored since at least 2001.

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Hurts has done enough to prove he’s the Eagles’ starting quarterback going forward. In the last three games, Hurts completed a season-high 66.7% of his passes for 709 yards with three touchdowns on a single interception for a 101.3 pass score. Among quarterbacks with 50 passing attempts, Hurts is seventh in the league in passer standings over the past three games, ninth in passing yards and third in yards per attempt (8.75). The Eagles have gone 3-0 in those games, finishing sixth in the NFL in yards per game (391) and fourth in yards per game (6.1). Philadelphia averaged 27 points per game, good for ninth in the league.

Hurts is the eighth quarterback in NFL history to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 750 yards in one season. The Eagles don’t seem to be moving away from Hurts, at least not in Minshew’s favor anyway.

“Gardner has played a lot of football in this league. I have a lot of confidence in him, he is our replacement and he is the player he is,” said Sirianni. “Again, we’re always talking about wanting your backup quarterback to be able to come in and run and give you a shot at winning.

“And we saw it. He was brilliant in the game he played against the Jets. And so, I would be disappointed if Gardner didn’t want to be the starter, but obviously Jalen [Hurts] is our entrance. “

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