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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts: ‘There’s a lot to learn’ from Super Bowl defeat

After squandering a 10-point half-time lead to see Super Bowl LVII slip from their grasp, the Philadelphia Eagles head into the 2023 NFL season knowing they will need to start completely afresh.

A dominant regular season and two comfortable playoff victories will mean nothing as the next campaign begins and Philadelphia's hopes of reaching the pinnacle of the sport in consecutive years has been made that much harder following the departures of offensive and defensive co-ordinators Shane Steichen and Jonathan Gannon.

Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts is refusing to dwell on the negatives, however, and is keen to use the experience to help himself and his team-mates improve for next year.

"I have had the opportunity to watch (the game) back and I think I'm going to move forward with all of those experiences in mind and try to use them to better myself, grow and help the people around me," Hurts told reporters as the Eagles cleared out their lockers.

"You have to be able to look yourself in the mirror, assess the situation for what it is and do the things that need to be done to grow from it. That's my mentality and will be the entire team's mentality moving forward.
"We're definitely going to use this as an experience to take a step forward."

The Eagles started Sunday's Super Bowl as they had for most of the 2022 season and after two rushing touchdowns scored by Hurts himself, found themselves leading the Kansas City Chiefs by 10 points at half-time.

Although the Eagles failed to find the same offensive rhythm in the second half and were eventually felled by a late Harrison Butker field goal, Hurts proved himself more than capable on the biggest of stages.

The 24-year-old finished 27-38 passing for 304 yards, also picking up 70 yards on 15 carries and accounting for three of his team's touchdowns.
Three years into his NFL career, Hurts is now eligible for a contract extension.

Currently set to make a base salary of just over $4million, Hurts has played his way to a huge deal and NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport has reported that the Eagles are prepared to open negotiations on such a deal immediately.

"I call these formative experiences," Hurts said to reporters. "They're all teachable moments and we decide whether we want to learn from them or not. I really believe that and that's something that I control and everyone in this organisation can control.
"It's time for us to show our mentality. There's so much to be thankful for and show gratitude towards but when you're assessing something like this you have to understand that it's a complete new state and you're starting again from step one.
"When you're starting from step one, everyone has to be on the same page."

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