Jalen Hurts channels Nick Saban: I try and stay away from the rat poison

When Eagles' sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts was in Alabama, head coach Nick Saban made the media famous for praising the team.
"All the stuff you write about how good we are and all the stuff they listen to on ESPN is like poison, you know what I mean? It's like taking poison - like rat poison," Saban said in October 2017. "I ask her if you will listen to me or listen to these guys about how good you are."
Apparently, it made a big impression on Hurts, which is what he was referring to when asked how he is maintaining his focus on Wednesday.
"I'm trying to stay away from the rat poison," Hurts said via video from Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press. When asked for clarification, Hurts continued: "You have to ask Coach Saban, he knows a little bit about rat poison too.
"It's all external factors. I've talked a little bit about external factors that aren't good for us and what we're trying to do as a team."
Hurts gave a clear spark to the Eagles, who were mathematically not excluded from winning the NFC East. He is thrown for 505 yards with four continuous touchdowns, adding 169 yards and one touchdown on the ground.
It's hard not to wonder what could have been if head coach Doug Pederson had named Hurts as starting quarterback earlier. But that probably would have created more rat poison that hurts could have avoided.
Jalen Hurts Channels Nick Saban: I'm trying to stay away from the rat poison that originally appeared on Pro Football Talk

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