Why Eagles QB Jalen Hurts felt like he let his teammates down

We know Jalen Hurts is always hard on himself. We know he always strives for perfection. We know he expects more of himself than anyone else.

Still, it was weird to hear Hurts say on Sunday that he felt like he let the team down.

After a win.

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But it’s Jalen Hurts. This is the bar he has set for himself.

“As a competitor, when you have the ball in your hands at the end of the game, you want to take advantage of it and not give the opponent the opportunity to win the game, to tie the game, whatever” , Hurts said.

“I don’t look at anyone but myself. I look at myself in the mirror and I look at myself and I ask myself: ‘What more could I have done not to put the team in this position towards the end of the game? How could I have gotten us into the end zone? »

Hurts could have celebrated a 20-17 win over the Cards in Glendale, Ariz., but instead chose to question his own performance.

And Hurts wasn’t bad at all on Sunday. He completed 72% of his passes for 239 yards, two touchdowns, no turnovers in recording his eighth straight regular season victory. He became just the sixth QB in Eagles history to throw 35 passes in a game and complete at least 72% of his passes without an interception.

But the way the game ended was frustrating to watch, and it was frustrating for Hurts.

The Eagles went 17 plays in 7:58 and took the lead on Cameron Dicker’s field goal with 1:45 left.

But Hurts wanted six.

“What more could I have done to put us in a better position?” he asked rhetorically after the game.

“Just with opportunities we didn’t take advantage of and the ball touching my hands every play. Those are the mixed emotions I have.

Hurts threw incomplete to Quez Watkins in the end zone on the Eagles’ final offensive play of the game – a 3rd and a 5-goal with 1:52 remaining.

The game was never lucky, and Hurts is lucky the ball wasn’t recovered.

Cameron Dicker followed with the game-winning field goal, but Hurts hated to leave the game in the hands of the Eagles defense and the Cards kicker.

“The worst feeling was when we left the field, when I came off the field even towards the end of the game, we threw a basket,” he said. “Dicker played a great game and put this team in a great position, but there’s nothing I can do.

“I can’t control what their kicker does. He missed it. Our kicker made ours. I can’t control that, but I can control what we do in the second quarter, in the first quarter, when I have the ball in my hands. I can do it.”

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Hurts said he had flashbacks to the 2016 BCS Championship Game, Alabama’s 35-31 loss to Clemson at Raymond James Stadium.

Hurts’ 30-yard TD run gave the Crimson Tide a lead with 2:07 to go, but Deshaun Watson’s short TD pass to Hunter Renfrow at 0:01 gave Clemson the win.

“We go out there and score, great play,” Hurts recalled. “Left like less than two minutes on the clock. So I watch them go down and he (Watson) wins the game.

“These are all things that go through my head at that time. Ultimately it comes down to how you execute and how confident you are on both sides of the ball.

“I don’t like to put the team in a position where their kicker has the opportunity to equalize or win the game, or where our defense is on the field. If I can control it, I want to enjoy it. It’s just my competitive nature with it.

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