Back when Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts was a sophomore in Alabama, his head coach Nick Saban became famous to the media for praising the team.
“All the things you write about how good we are and all the things they hear on ESPN, it’s like married, do you know what I mean? It’s like taking poison – like rat poison, “Saban said in October 2017.” I ask them if you want to listen to me or if you want to listen to these guys about how good you are. ”
That apparently made a lasting impression on Hurts, for that was what he was referring to when asked how he maintains his focus on Wednesday.
“I try to stay away from rat poison“Hurts said via video from Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press. When Hurts was asked to clarify, he continued: “You have to ask coach Saban, he also knows a little bit about rat poison.
“These are all external factors. I’ve talked a bit about it, external factors that are not good for us, and what we’re trying to do as a team. ”
Hurts have given a clear spark to the Eagles, who have not been mathematically eliminated from winning the NFC East. He is thrown in 505 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions, adding 169 yards and one touchdown on the ground.
It’s hard not to wonder what could have been if head coach Doug Pederson named Hurts the starting quarterback earlier. But that would probably have created more rat poison for Hurts to avoid.