Eagles’ Sirianni on Hurts: ‘He’s had two really good games in a row’

Last Sunday, Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts was big-time against the Titans. He passed for a season-high 380 yards and totaled four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) in Philadelphia’s 35-10 win over Tennessee.

Because of his outstanding performance, Hurts was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week, the league announced Wednesday.

He becomes the first Eagle ever to win a Player of the Week award in consecutive weeks and is the second player this season to do so.

After 12 games, Hurts has thrown for 2940 yards(68% completion) and 20 touchdowns with only three interceptions. In addition, he has rushed for 609 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground. 

Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni has been around some excellent quarterbacks, including Philip Rivers and Andrew Luck. According to Sirianni, he has not been around a quarterback as versatile as Hurts.

“He’s had two really good games in a row,” Sirianni said Wednesday. “Like you said, it’s been really different of how he’s done that, right?

“I know [former Chargers and Colts QB] Philip [Rivers] wasn’t running for all those yards like that. You talk about the good quarterbacks I’ve been around. Philip was more of a pocket passer. [Former Colts QB] Andrew [Luck] was a little bit more of a pocket passer but had the ability to move and get out of things. But those were two more pocket passers.

“Again, Andrew could do some of those things. But [QB] Jalen [Hurts] is so dynamic as far as both the things he’s doing, right? You guys would know the stats better than I would; how many guys have actually thrown for that many yards after a game where they ran for that many yards? Setting a team record in rushing yards, then coming out and doing that.

“It’s pretty special. Obviously, you love that, as a coach, to be able to work it both ways because you saw the effect it had on the defense. Without getting too much into it, there was a major effect.”

With the Eagles having the best record in football and Hurts playing at such a high level, it’s clear that after 12 games, the MVP of the NFL is Jalen Hurts.

Zimmer on Cook: ‘When he gets the ball in space, people can’t catch him’

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 10. Cook paced the Vikings in both rushing yards (97) and receiving yards (86) to lead Minnesota past Dallas, 28-24, on Sunday Night Football.

With 183 total yards in the contest, he has surpassed 100 scrimmage yards a league-leading eight times in 2019. Cook’s 86 yards through the air also tied a career-high.

“I thought the offensive line did an outstanding job, and he’s (Cook) is a great player,” Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said on Wednesday. “We stayed on blocks, we finished blocks, the tight ends did a nice job, and receivers did a good job when they were in there blocking. Kirk got us in the right plays, and Dalvin is a great runner.”

Through 10 games, the former Florida State Seminole leads the NFL with 991 rushing yards and 1,415 scrimmage yards, while his 10 rushing touchdowns rank third in the league. Cook’s 1,415 scrimmage yards also set a franchise record and is the highest 10-game total in the NFL since DeMarco Murray’s 1,514 scrimmage yards in 2014. Overall, his 991 rushing yards through Week 10 are more than 15 NFL teams have totaled all season.

“You know, I always knew that he(Cook) was a terrific runner,” Zimmer said. “But, I think the other two things, how hard he runs and that the first person typically doesn’t tackle him, has been really impressive. And then the other part is when he gets the ball in space, people can’t catch him. He just has that extra gear.”

With Cook and Alexander Mattison carrying the load for Minnesota, life for Vikings QB Kirk Cousins is good. Many expected Cook to have a big year, and after 10 games, he is doing just that.