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Jalen Hurts admits he made a mistake just before halftime against the Giants

The Eagles QB spoke to reporters after beating the Giants and talked about the state of the locker room and how he sees the team improving.

The Eagles were able to pull off a win on Christmas against the Giants, and quarterback Jalen Hurts spoke to reporters post-game about his failure to run out of bounds just before halftime, his big 3rd-and-20 conversion to A.J. Brown, the state of the locker room, and how the team is improving.

Hurts was asked about fans chanting “run the ball” during Monday’s game, and he quipped that they’re supposed to be getting loud for the defense, not the offense — but also said that he just continues to operate the calls and keepings it moving.

Here’s what else the QB had to say:

On clock management before halftime

Hurts was asked about the play in which he failed to run out of bounds to stop the clock just before halftime.

“It’s as simple as that. I made a mistake, didn’t run out of bounds. If I could go back, I damn sure would, but made a mistake there.”

On the big 3rd-and-20 conversion

“I just held up enough and looped it through the pocket, and was able to get it open through the defender. A.J. [Brown] made a great play, staying alive, not letting the situation get the best of us and finding a way to overcome that circumstance, and kind of put ourselves there.”

On the state of the locker room

Hurts said that the team is hungry, motivated, and eager — the same things he’s been talking about, as they strive to reach the standard they have for themselves.

“I don’t think win, lose, or draw, there’s a circumstance where we compromise the standard of what we want and how we want to be. It’s just a matter of being together and committing ourselves to that excellence and chasing that.”

The QB went on to say that it was great to get a win, and after the tough stretch they’ve had the past three weeks, it was good to overcome that. He noted that they were able to overcome some things on Monday, including the unfortunate turnovers, and the defense played well, but they have to continue to grow.

“Continue to grow and control the things that we can. Controlling that ball security, controlling the little details, and how we’re attacking guys, how we’re lining up. So, just everybody doing that together. It takes everyone. It’s still a process, it’s still a journey with no arrival.”

Hurts talked about being a leader in the locker room, and how it’s been pivotal to have honest conversations with guys as they’ve gone through things as a team.

“I think everybody has their own opinion. Everybody has their own perspective on their role and what it is for this football team. I have mine, and being the leader, you have to not only be able to lead by example, but you have to be able to lead by action. Lead by execution. Lead by what you do daily. Lead by the level of commitment that you are showing and just try being an example. Be an example for somebody else to follow. The number one thing is I’ll never ask somebody to do something I’m not willing to do.

So, it’s just about us finding out what that is in terms of our togetherness and just staying together through everything. Just growing.

This is a great opportunity for us to grow on. How we were efficient, minus the turnovers, that’s kind of been the whole thing, if anything we just need to continue to find ways to protect the ball. Whether it’s a tip ball that gets caught, or an unfortunate fumble, or whatever it is, just finding ways to eliminate those things.”

On how they’re improving

Hurts said it was hard not to say that the win over the Giants was a step in the right direction, especially given they had 520 yards of offense. He noted that up to that game, everything had been self-inflicted and little things they had to correct.

The QB said Britain Covey made a great play early in Monday’s game and he set the tone for the offense, who was able to score right afterward.

He explained that there are a lot of things they can build off from the win, just like they have the last few weeks after losses. Hurts said the reality of it is that they have to continue to learn and grow from every game to get closer to the way they want to play.

“I would love to say we are close [to playing to our standard]. I’d love to say we are close, and I think it is trending in the right direction. I think it’s trending in the right direction; we demand such excellence of ourselves. When you have the type of guys we have on our team, everybody is going to be eager to grow, everybody is going to be eager for more. But when did winning not become the main thing?”

The QB admitted that trying to meet their standard is a bit of a double-edged sword, because they could play to the standard and still lose, or they might fall short of the standard and get a win, so it’s all a mental game of keeping both things a priority.

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