It’s unlikely the offense would change substantially with Minshew in the quarterback seat, because while he isn’t the explosive playmaker that Hurts is in the running game, Minshew did rush for 344 yards in his rookie season, averaging 5.1 yards per pop. He’s not going to be a statue, in other words, if Minshew gets the call.
Sirianni has handled everything thrown his way in his first year as a head coach, so what’s a little uncertainty over the quarterback position? The Eagles are 5-7, having turned the season around after a tough start, and Sirianni deserves a ton of credit for keeping the team together, for adapting his game plan around the personnel, for overcoming some significant injuries, and for trusting his coaching staff as it develops young talent throughout the roster. A win on Sunday would send the Eagles into the bye week with some positive momentum and give them a chance to rest up before the final stretch run of four games against NFC East opponents.
And that’s the critical message here: It’s all about Sunday and doing everything possible to beat the Jets. Whoever the quarterback is doesn’t change the message. Playing shorthanded in the offensive backfield – running back Jordan Howard is out with a knee injury and Boston Scott is questionable after missing all week with an illness – isn’t even close to an excuse.
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