Philadelphia Eagles fans are seeing their team off to an incredible start in 2022.
After four weeks of play, the Eagles remain the only undefeated team in the NFL.
That puts them one game ahead of the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East, a lead they want to keep.
However, some are singing the praises of Jalen Hurts for the Eagles’ 2022 season.
But does he prove he’s the franchise QB for Philadelphia, or is his success an illusion deceiving fans?
Hurts is clearly making improvements
Hurts is having a great season in 2022.
He has already made progress in the passing game from his previous season as a starting QB.
The improvements in his completion percentage and yards per attempt are great news for the young QB.
However, it is his 82% success rate in the middle of the pack that is impressive this season.
Russell Wilson is throwing a lot more in the middle this year. He is currently 16th in attempts or inside numbers (70).
The problem is, his completion percentage (67%) on those shots ranks 34th in the league. Jalen Hurts has similar attempts (67), but is 82% (!)
—Brett Kollmann (@BrettKollmann) October 4, 2022
While defenses can easily stop him from passing inside numbers, they don’t stop him.
With his success in the middle, he will continue to challenge that part of the pitch until someone can stop him.
He receives help from AJ Brown, a workaholic who shows he will make big plays in the middle.
Jalen Hurts and AJ Brown: The Best Friends Connection pic.twitter.com/0QrHSHeqKP
— Brodes Media (@BrodesMedia) October 2, 2022
However, can Hurts continue with the success he is currently enjoying this season, or will the pressure get to him?
Hurts is taking advantage of his defense this season
The young Philadelphia QB has his defense to thank for helping him have a great season in 2022.
They terrorize opposing offenses as they lead the league in sacks, takeouts and turnover differential.
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— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) October 6, 2022
Scoring against the Eagles defense is also difficult for teams, giving Hurts more time with the ball.
So, as the young QB progresses, his winning games through his defense give him a great position on the court.
This allowed him to manage a short field, as he already has four rushing touchdowns this season.
The combination of stellar defense and his game enhancements make him look like a franchise quarterback.
However, critics want to see if he can win a playoff game before they’re sold on Hurts.
Getting his first-ever playoff win will hurt as the franchise’s QB
Prior to the start of the 2022 season, rumors swirled about the Eagles dropping their young QB.
When they struck a deal with the New Orleans Saints, which gave them two first-round picks in 2023, it was all about their QB options.
The Eagles retain two first rounds while pushing resources back to the 2023 draft, which should have a much better QB class. Keep options open.
Eagles get: No. 18, 101, 237, a 2023 first-round pick and a 2024 second-round pick.
Saints Get: Picks #16, 19 & 194
—Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) April 4, 2022
However, Hurts is currently shutting down the idea that the Eagles will use their 2023 picks on a QB.
But to completely put the idea to rest, he has to win a playoff game.
While the 4-0 start to the season is great, the team wants to get back to the Super Bowl.
The only way that can happen is if he wins playoff games for the Eagles.
Until that happens, there will always be people who doubt his ability to be the Eagles’ franchise QB.
However, if he continues to improve, he will have no problem earning that first playoff victory.