There is more fallout from the Philadelphia Eagles’ curious personnel decisions during a Week 17 loss to the Washington Football Team.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported numerous players expressed confusion at head coach Doug Pederson’s choice to pull starting quarterback Jalen Hurts with the team down three points. Multiple defensive players reportedly had to be restrained from going at Pederson, and Jason Kelce and another offensive starter inquired about the move.
Now, there is confirmation from an Eagles player.
Eagles running back Miles Sanders appeared on 94WIP Tuesday, revealing “nobody” liked Pederson’s decision to pull Hurts in favor of Nate Sudfeld:
“Man if I’m being honest, nobody liked the decision, nobody,” Sanders said, via Eagles insider John McMullen. “That’s all I can say really. I don’t know who was the main person behind that decision. All I know is that a lot of people on the team was confused.”
Pederson attempted to suggest after the game the Eagles felt Sudfeld deserved reps. But it was curious timing for a career backup to get meaningful snaps.
Obviously, there were other implications behind the decision: The NFC East title was on the line, and there was also the matter of the Eagles’ draft position.
Washington needed a win to secure the division crown. A loss would have meant the New York Giants were NFC East champions after the G-Men defeated the Dallas Cowboys earlier in the day.
Philly more than had its opportunity to push Washington to the limit and win the game. It appears everyone on the roster was intent on doing just that. Only, nobody told Pederson.
The Eagles effectively mailed it in to finish with a 4-11-1 record and the sixth pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. The decision is likely to be discussed for weeks to come, and it might also have an impact on the team’s internal dynamic going forward.