PHILADELPHIA – Be a thermostat, not a thermometer, is a phrase you’ll hear in the corporate boardroom or the Eagles media house.
On Wednesday, you heard from the starting quarterback of the 9-1 Philadelphia Eagles.
“I try to never get too high, never get too low, and that’s in every area of my game,” Jalen Hurts said as the 9-1 Eagles continue to prepare for Sunday night’s game against the 4-7 Green Bay Packers.
“You say the temperature of the room, I set the temperature… I set the emotion and just go. It involves preparation, trust in the people around you, everything around you. “
A thermostat, of course, regulates the environment, and a thermometer simply indicates it.
For years, the highest thermostat in the NFL was Aaron Rodgers, a two-time MVP and a record four-time winner.
Sunday could serve as a changing of the guard, as Rodgers, 38, has little chance of making it through the three-peat, and Hurts, 24, is on the short list even if he’s second or third to Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes. .
Bringing up Rodgers in prime time during a solo game might open some eyes, but that doesn’t worry Hurts. Watching Rodgers do his thing over the years has rubbed off on the Philadelphia QB.
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“I have great respect for the guys [that] they play the game their way, and they’re effective at doing it,” Hurts said. “Aaron Rodgers was one of the most consistent quarterbacks of his time and I have a lot of respect for him.”
Hurts was great in 2022 for many reasons, starting with his incredible work ethic, which turned the third-year signal caller from good to great.
In his 2020 rookie season, Hurts got his first real chance to play QB after then-coach Doug Pederson benched Caron Wentz during the Green Bay game.
It wasn’t a highlight for Hurts, who went 5-for-12 for 109 yards that day in a 30-16 loss after replacing Wentz.
The Eagles haven’t looked back since, and by the looks of it, the thrifty rookie was the first domino in the transition from backup to star en route to a massive contract extension this offseason.
“Not really,” Hurts said when asked if he was thinking about his debut. “I know the first time I played in the NFL was against Green Bay. This is the truth.”
Fast forward to 29 starts and Hurts is the thermostat aiming to lead his team through one of the greatest QBs to ever play the position.
-John McMullen contributes Eagles coverage for SI.com’s Eagles Today and is an NFL Insider for JAKIB Media. You can hear John and legendary sportscaster Jody live on YouTube every morning from 8-10 on ‘Birds 365’. John is also the host of his own show “24/7 Football” and a daily contributor to ESPN South Jersey. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @JFMcMullen.