Another week, another Jalen Hurts film review.
Last week I picked 3 good plays, 3 bad plays and 1 ‘I don’t know’. I will be honest, I wanted to do this again, but the film was simply bad. Worse than I thought after watching the game live. Therefore, I kept finding myself picking out negative plays and needing to break them down for a number of different reasons.
Just a heads up - this is pretty critical of Jalen Hurts. This does not mean I do not like him. Yes, I know he is a rookie. Yes, he can improve. No, this piece does not mean Carson Wentz was good this year. All I am doing here is breaking down the film and what I saw. Honestly, I recorded more negative plays but I decided to leave them out because I didn’t want to appear ‘too’ negative. If you want more analysis from me, make sure you follow me on twitter (@JonnyPage9) and you can check out my podcast where I will be breaking down all of the Eagles All22.
Lets get to the film. Same as last week - each tweet has some bullet points but please listen to the video with sound on if you want the full breakdown!
Eagles passing game All22 thread. Sound on... check @EaglesBrawl for even more analysis. Let's start with the negatives because this was not a good game for Hurts.— Jonny Page (@JonnyPage9) December 29, 2020
▪️ Good route by Reagor
▪️ Not a great throw pic.twitter.com/WwLm378lXw
Negatives will keep coming for a while here... I sort of feel I really needed to defend Doug this week.— Jonny Page (@JonnyPage9) December 29, 2020
▪️ Great play design to beat man coverage on the Goal Line
▪️ Hurts doesn't throw it, scrambles instead pic.twitter.com/esRVNapYce
Another lovely design by Doug— Jonny Page (@JonnyPage9) December 29, 2020
▪️ Using WR split to create favorable leverage
▪️ Missed Reagor open, tough throw but windows are small in the middle of field pic.twitter.com/FX96NIyrno
3rd down, the money down— Jonny Page (@JonnyPage9) December 29, 2020
▪️ Too slow to get off first read
▪️ Ends up missing a wide open Alshon on a simple backside 'rub'
▪️ Unwilling to step up in the pocket pic.twitter.com/PSLx8oVmHU
Really simple read. Using a simple High-Low to take advantage of Cover 2. This is pretty easy money.— Jonny Page (@JonnyPage9) December 29, 2020
▪️ Stares it down but doesn't throw it
▪️ Ends up running straight into pressure pic.twitter.com/3R2IeKTW2z
I didn't really want to post this but had some requests. It's 3rd and 12 and he's a young QB pushing so INT doesn't concern me hugely. Bigger issues are below— Jonny Page (@JonnyPage9) December 29, 2020
▪️ Too reliant on leaving the pocket and his legs
▪️ Cowboys rushed 3 and played Cover 2 a lot and he kept bailing pic.twitter.com/TIykVwxUdR
Last negative for now. 2nd Interception— Jonny Page (@JonnyPage9) December 29, 2020
▪️ Really, really slow to eliminate what isn't there
▪️ Comes backside far too late. Ends up getting picked
▪️ Processing needs to be much quicker pic.twitter.com/XxGx1a7FR3
End with a couple of positives. Once again examples of good playcalling by Doug...— Jonny Page (@JonnyPage9) December 29, 2020
▪️ Great shot play. Unpredictable design
▪️ Great ball by Hurts. Right on the money. pic.twitter.com/iLXMhX1omo
Lets end it here. Thanks for watching!— Jonny Page (@JonnyPage9) December 29, 2020
▪️ An example of getting backside
▪️ Needs to do this a LOT more consistently pic.twitter.com/k0KprdQvK4
One more - Process or Results?
Been talking 'process v results' a lot recently. Here's another... This is ANOTHER example of Doug scheming guys open. He called a great game— Jonny Page (@JonnyPage9) December 29, 2020
▪️ 11 Yard scramble - good play right?!
▪️ Leaving a clean pocket
▪️ Leaving a big play on the field pic.twitter.com/agTabfvWdp
As I mentioned at the start, this wasn’t a positive piece about Jalen Hurts. But the tape was pretty worrying in my opinion. Hurts came into the league from a very basic offense and he is struggling to process his reads in the NFL. This is not an easy skill to learn and I think it is pretty clear and obvious that he has a long way to go in the NFL.
There is a long debate to be had over whether Hurts or Wentz or another QB should lead this team next year. This post isn’t about it, this is just focusing on Sunday’s game and what Hurts looks like right now.
I’ll end with a positive, Doug Pederson deserves credit for calling an excellent game in my opinion. He made things pretty defined for Hurts and I think he was let down by bad QB play. This isn’t the first time this season, that’s for sure...