Why Eagles QB Jalen Hurts felt he let his teammates down

We know Jalen Hurts is always hard on himself. We know that he always strives for perfection. We know that he expects more from himself than anyone else can possibly.

Still, it was odd to hear Hurts say Sunday that he feels like he let the team down.

After a win.

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But it’s Jalen Hurts. This is the bar he has set for himself.

“As a competitor, when you have the ball in your hands at the end of the game, you want to take advantage of it and not give the opposition the opportunity to win the game, tie, whatever it is,” Hurts said.

“I don’t look at anyone but myself. I look in the mirror and look at myself and ask myself, ‘What could I have done more to not put the team in this position towards the end of the game? How could I have got us in the end zone?'”

Hurts could have celebrated a 20-17 victory over the Cards in Glendale, Arizona, but instead chose to question his own performance.

And Hurts wasn’t bad at all Sunday. He completed 72 percent of his passes for 239 yards, two TD runs, no turnovers in his eighth straight regular-season win. He became just the sixth QB in Eagles history to throw 35 passes in a game and complete at least 72 percent of his passes without an interception.

But the way the game ended was frustrating to watch, and it was frustrating for Hurts.

The Eagles ran 17 plays over 7:58 and took the lead on Cameron Dicker’s field goal with 1:45 left.

But Hurts wanted six.

“What more could I have done to put us in a better position?” he asked rhetorically after the game: “I feel in a lot of ways I feel like I let them down.

“Just with opportunities we didn’t take and the ball touched my hands every time. These are the mixed feelings I have.”

Hurts threw incomplete to Quez Watkins in the end zone on the Eagles’ final offensive play of the game — a 3rd-and-goal from the 5 with 1:52 left.

The play never had a chance and Hurts is lucky the ball wasn’t picked off.

Cameron Dicker followed with the game-winning field goal, but Hurts hated to leave the game in the hands of the Eagles’ defense and the Cards’ kicker.

“The worst feeling is when we walked off the field, when I walked off the field myself toward the end of the game, we kicked a field goal,” he said. “Dicker played a great game and put this team in a great position, but there’s nothing I can do.

“I can’t control what their kicker does. He missed it. Our kicker made ours. I can’t control that, but I can control what we do in the second quarter, in the first quarter when I have the ball in my hands . I can do it.”

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Hurts said he had flashbacks to the 2016 BCS Championship Game, Alabama’s 35-31 loss to Clemson at Raymond James Stadium.

Hurts’ 30-yard TD run gave the Crimson Tide the lead with 2:07 left, but Deshaun Watson’s short TD pass to Hunter Renfrow at 0:01 gave Clemson the win.

“We go out there and score, great play,” Hurts recalled. “Left like under two minutes on the clock. So I see them go down and he (Watson) goes and wins the game.

“Those are all things that are flashing through my head at that moment. At the end of the day, it comes down to the way you execute and it comes down to the confidence you have on both sides of the ball.

“I don’t like to put the team in the position where their kicker has an opportunity to win the game or our defense is on the field. If I can control it, I want to take advantage of it. It’s just my competitiveness with it.”

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