Sirianni on Hurts playing in Houston: ‘He’ll handle that great’

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts is going home, and he’s bringing his 7-0 Eagles with him. Hurts, who is coming off a career-high four touchdown passes against the Steelers on Sunday, will lead the Eagles into his hometown of Houston to battle the Texans Thursday night.

Anytime you go home, there is a possibility for distractions, but according to his head coach Nick Sirianni, Hurts will be just fine.

“He’s played in a ton of big games,” Sirianni said Wednesday. “He’s played in NFL playoff games. He’s played in national championship games. He’s played in final four games. He’s played in big high school games.

“He knows that all he can focus on is being there and being the quarterback of our team. It doesn’t matter if we’re in Houston, if we’re in Atlanta, doesn’t matter where we are. He knows about his process. He’d probably be the guy that will handle it better than anybody would because he’s just so focused and dialed in on what he has to do. We talk about this all the time, too, not letting the outside noise get to you, whether that’s you’re 7-0, you’re 0-7, you’re going to Houston, you’re going to Alaska, whatever it is.

“He’ll handle that great, and that really hasn’t been much of a discussion about it because I just know what we talk about all the time, and I know [QB] Jalen [Hurts] is the least person I worry about because he knows how to handle his business better than anybody.”

Hurts has been in many big games in his life, so to Sirianni’s point, he should be fine. However, what’s more concerning is playing on the road on Thursday night; it’s a quick turnaround, which favors the home team. On paper, the Eagles should win, but anything can happen. In the end, expect Hurts to play well and expect the Eagles to get the job done in Houston.

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