Jalen Hurts Has This Special Trait That Seperates Him From Most QBs
In the last two weeks, we have seen Jalen Hurts do something a lot of QBs struggle with. He came up clutch. Whether it was his walk-off HR against the Bills, or leading a go-ahead drive vs the Chiefs, it’s something we have gotten used to with Jalen Hurts. When the game is on the line, everyone in Philly is calm because we know Jalen Hurts is at QB. Brandon Graham said it himself after the Bills kicked a FG in OT.
There is a reason why the Eagles have come out on top of so many close games this season. Jalen Hurts. They even almost did it in the Super Bowl. Hurts led a game-tying drive in the 4th Quarter. And maybe if the defense could have gotten a stop, or at least given the offense time, he could have put together a game-winning one.
And don’t take my word for it. Two separate NFL reporters said the same thing to us this week.
James Palmer from the NFL Network joined The Best Show Ever this week, and explained how Jalen Hurts has a trait most QBs lack:
“There is a rare trait that Jalen has. I think Mahomes has it, and a couple of other guys have it. Everything is just kind of slower for them when the game is on the line. Look at the way that final play worked out. The safety was in the box. That draw run was not going to work. And Jalen just sat there, patiently went through his cadence, and waited for the Safety to get out of the box. Then they ran the play and he had nothing but green grass in front of him to score.
To sit there and wait out the defense, very few players have that. Justin Herbert is a phenomenal player, but I don’t think he has it. Josh Allen is incredible, but there is something that happens at the end of the game where he doesn’t finish. There are only a couple of guys who have it.”
Tim McManus also joined The Best Show Ever this week and had similar praise for Jalen Hurts:
“(Brandon Graham) was talking about this innate belief that he has in the QB. And Jason Kelce remarked after the game “I don’t think I have ever played with a more clutch player.” That is saying something. So they are starting to talk about him in that sort of reverential way, where he is elevating in the biggest moments.
Why did Joe Montana have it? Why did Tom Brady have it? You don’t put him in that category yet, but we are talking about finishers. Guys that can close the deal. What separates them from some more talented guys? It’s something that is hard to put a finger on, but there is no question Jalen Hurts has it.”
Does Hurts have the best arm in the NFL? Maybe not. He makes some incredibly impressive throws, but there are guys who have better arms than him. He is fast, but there are QBs that are faster. What separates Hurts is what is going on in his head. There might not be anyone better at the mental aspect of the game. The guy never blinks. We sometimes complain about how boring and even-keeled he can be. But that is part of what makes him great. Nothing phases him. Jalen Hurts is special. There are few guys you would rather have when the game is on the line. We saw it Sunday, and we see it in most games.
This is what the analytics people miss when they put down Jalen Hurts. Their computer models don’t factor clutchness into the formula. Because there is no way to quantify it. You either have it, or you don’t. There are a lot of great QBs who don’t have it. We have seen Josh Allen come up short in so many close games. The same goes with Justin Herbert. But Jalen Hurts has it.