“Nobody liked the decision” to bench Hurts


A Philadelphia Eagles player has expressed his displeasure with the decision to place starting quarterback Jalen Hurts in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Washington football team.
“If I’m being honest, nobody liked the decision, nobody,” Eagles running back Miles Sanders said Tuesday on 94WIP, a Philadelphia sports radio station. “That’s all I can say, really. I don’t know who the main person behind this decision was, but all I know is a lot of people on the team were confused. ”

The Eagles have come under heavy criticism over the past two days after rookie Hurts was pulled out late in a winnable game against Washington for third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld. Washington ultimately won 20-14 and won the NFC East title as a result.

While a Monday report of Philadelphia Inquirer Says the Eagles players were “shocked and outraged” by what unfolded in the game, Sanders is the first to speak on the decision to bench Hurts. Sanders, 26, did not play in Week 17 as he was one of nine Eagles excluded on Friday due to injury.

Philadelphia had nothing on the playoff line in Week 17, having already been knocked out of the competition, but the game was far from meaningless – the division title was on the line. A win for Washington meant that the football team won the NFC East, which they did, while a victory for the Eagles would see the New York Giants clinch last place in the NFC playoffs. Instead, the 6-10 Giants completely missed the playoffs.

As Sudfeld struggled to relieve Hurts, many took to social media – including Giants players – to express their displeasure at the decision to apparently pitch the game, nothing other than Philadelphia’s place in the draft. next spring. The loss gave the Eagles the sixth pick in the NFL Draft, while a win would have dropped them to ninth place.

After the game, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson defended his decision, saying he was “training to win” and Sudfeld “deserved a chance to get a few shots.” Monday, defensive line player Brandon Graham a dit he knew Sudfeld was going to play and was happy the quarterback got the chance.

– With files from The Associated Press


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