Why Eagles QB Jalen Hurts felt 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 can.

Still, it was strange to hear Hurts say on Sunday that he feels he let the team down.

After a win.

RELATED: How the ride that lasted forever gave the Eagles a win

But this is Jalen Hurts. That’s the yardstick he’s set for himself.

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

“I don’t look at anyone but myself. I look in the mirror and I look at myself and I’m like, ‘What more could I have done to not put the team in that 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, Arizona, but instead chose to question his own performance.

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

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

The Eagles went 17 games past 7:58 and took a 1:45 left lead through Cameron Dicker’s field goal.

But Hurts wanted six.

“What more could I have done to put us in a better position?” he asked rhetorically after the game: “I feel like I let them down in a lot of ways.

“Only with chances we didn’t take and the ball touching my hands every game. Those are the mixed feelings I have.”

Hurts incompletely threw Quez Watkins to Quez Watkins in the final offensive play of the game in the end zone – a 3rd-and-goal from the 5 with 1:52 left.

The game never had a chance and Hurts is lucky the ball wasn’t picked up.

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

“The worst feeling is when we went off the field, even when I went off the field towards the end of the game, we scored a field goal,” he said. “Dicker made a great game and put this team in a great position, but there’s nothing I can do.

“I can’t control what their kickers do. 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 that.”

MORE: Week 5 Eagles ranked by position after tough win

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

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

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

“Those are all things that are going through my head at this moment. Ultimately, it comes down to the way you execute and it comes down to the confidence you have on both sides of the ball.

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

Comments are closed.