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Huge Change From Nick Sirianni Led to Jalen Hurts' Big Game in Week 1

Larry Rupp
A huge change from head coach Nick Siranni led to Jalen Hurts' big game in Week 1.
A huge change from head coach Nick Siranni led to Jalen Hurts' big game in Week 1. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

One of the biggest surprises in Week 1 was the overall dominance of the Philadelphia Eagles as quarterback Jalen Hurts spearheaded a 26-point victory over the Atlanta Falcons. His big performance can be traced back to a huge change made by first-year head coach Nick Sirianni.

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It's no secret that Hurts struggled to pass the ball last season. In fact, he finished with the lowest completion percentage amongst qualified quarterbacks (130-plus pass attempts). No one would've known that watching him play on Sunday, though. The second-year starter completed 27 of his 35 pass attempts for 264 yards and 3 touchdowns (0 INT).

It has since been figured out that head coach Nick Sirianni may have something to do with that. It was Sirianni's first time calling offensive plays in the NFL and he focused on schemes that would get the ball out quickly. That allowed the Eagles' offensive playmakers to rack up yards after the catch.

Hurts' average depth of target (aDOT) so far is the complete opposite of what he posted last year. He is making sure to find the open receiver right away and it has obviously paid dividends for the Eagles so far. Add in Hurts ability to rush the football and the Eagles suddenly have an entirely new offensive scheme.

The biggest question that remains is whether or not Hurts will be able to keep finding success. No matter what, this was a great start for a player that was surrounded by a lot of doubt heading into the season.

Philadelphia faces a much tougher test in Week 2 going up against a San Francisco 49ers' squad that posted the sixth-best DVOA rating in the NFL last year. The Eagles are currently 3.5-point home underdogs in that NFC clash, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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