At the end of the 2021 season, one thing was clear; the Eagles needed to be a better passing team if they wanted to advance in the playoffs.
Last season, Philadelphia had the best rushing attack in the NFL. After eight games, one thing is clear, Jalen Hurts has grown as a passer. In 2021, the third-year quarterback completed 61% of his passes. This season, Hurts has a 68% completion percentage. He has been much more accurate in 2022, and last week against the Texans, he completed 22 of 27 passes(78%).
Against the Steelers, Hurts had a career-high four passing touchdowns. He showed off his deep ball as all four touchdowns were 25-plus yards.
Right now, the Eagles have one of the top offenses in football as they are second in the NFL in points per game(28.1), so not only is the running game big time, but now the passing game is just as good.
On Thursday, Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni discussed the improved passing game in Philadelphia.
“Yeah, he’s been able to attack all parts of the field through different ways, through the different types of players we have, and that’s outside, inside, short game, deep game, intermediate game,” Sirianni said. “The more they have to prepare for, the harder we are going to be to defend. So that’s not only our run game, which is in the top tier of the league but also in our passing game. Then you just open up with the way the ball is coming out, and where the ball is coming out, there’s just more and more to defend. That’s tough on any defense; the more they’ve got to defend, the harder it is for them.”
The return of Frank Reich?
Earlier this week, the Colts fired their head coach Frank Reich. Sirianni, who worked under Reich in Indianapolis, said he will always use the former Eagles offensive coordinator as a consultant.
“We’ll see how that goes,” Sirianni said about hiring Reich. “I don’t know yet. That’s not something that’s been — that happened, when, Monday? My focus has been completely on Washington. Again, you know how I feel about [former Indianapolis Colts Head Coach] Frank [Reich]; I’m always going to use him as a consultant, whether he’s in the building or whether he’s not in the building. But I haven’t really thought about that, to be quite honest with you. We’re just really focused on today to get ready for Washington.”