Jalen Hurts missed a few video games within the closing weeks of the 2022 season and the Eagles put themselves prone to shedding the highest seed within the NFC playoffs with a pair of losses, so the staff is aware of the worth of a backup quarterback.
Thursday evening’s recreation in opposition to the Browns didn’t do a lot to encourage confidence of their present No. 2. Marcus Mariota was 9-of-17 for 86 yards and an interception whereas taking three sacks and overthrowing his meant receivers on a number of events.
“I used to be sloppy,” Mariota mentioned. “I can do a greater job of getting our guys working cleaner and extra effectively. However that’s what preseason is for. Type of get a few of that stuff ironed out. Clear off a number of the rust. We’ll discover methods to get higher.”
Upgrading from Mariota at this level within the offseason could be tough and Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni mentioned the staff has to determine methods to place Mariota in positions to succeed once they need to put the ball in his fingers.
“It’s additionally us discovering out what he does properly too,” Sirianni mentioned. “What he sees properly, what appears to be like good to him. I do know he didn’t play the best way he wished to tonight. I wouldn’t say he struggled the final recreation. You guys might need mentioned that. I didn’t say that. He ran round and made some good performs and moved the ball very well with him in there in opposition to Baltimore. So tonight, yeah clearly less than his commonplace, however it’s about us discovering what works for him. And that’s simply us studying him. That’s us working collectively to determine that out.”
In an ideal world, the Eagles gained’t need to play Mariota in video games that matter. The NFL is never an ideal world, nonetheless, and which means there’s some work to do to verify the prepare retains operating below any circumstances.