Nick Sirianni on Jalen Hurts: It’s like Michael Jordan is out there

NFL: JAN 21 NFC Divisional Playoffs - Giants at Eagles

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It didn’t take long for Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts to set the tone for Saturday night’s game against the Giants.

Hurts his wide receiver DeVonta Smith 40 yards on the second snap of the game and the Eagles led 7-0 thanks to a touchdown pass to tight end Dallas Goedert a few runs later. They would build that lead to 28-0 with Hurts throwing and running for two more touchdowns and looking much more like the quarterback who lit up the league before injuring his right shoulder in Week 15 of the regular season.

After the 38-7 win was on the books, Hurts said he felt “good enough” physically, but head coach Nick Sirianni was a bit more effusive when it came to discussing the kind of lift Hurts was giving the team.

“To have him there is like — I know this is high praise, but to have him there is like — I shouldn’t even go there — it’s like having Michael Jordan there,” Sirianni said. ‘He’s your leader. He’s your man. Hopefully that’s the greatest respect I can give him by comparing his ability to be on the field to a Michael Jordan type. This man leads. He brings this peace to the whole team. He plays great football. He’s as tough as they come. Yes, I mean, for me, no one has played better football than him this year.”

Goedert said Hurts “had it in him, so we all follow” and that formula has proven to be a winning formula for the Eagles this season. If they can follow it one more time, they’ll go to the Super Bowl.

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