PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles gained’t be penalized after the NFL appeared into the best way the group dealt with its quarterback selections within the ultimate regular-season recreation towards Washington, two folks conversant in the choice informed The Related Press on Wednesday.
Each folks spoke to the AP on situation of anonymity as a result of they weren’t licensed to disclose the conversations.
Doug Pederson, who was fired by Philadelphia on Monday, eliminated Jalen Hurts for third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld within the fourth quarter of a 20-14 loss on Jan. 3. The Eagles trailed by a discipline objective when Sudfeld, who hadn’t thrown a cross in a recreation since 2018, entered. He was picked on his second try and likewise misplaced a fumble.
Washington (7-10) secured the NFC East title with the victory and the New York Giants (6-10) had been eradicated. Giants gamers and their followers had been indignant that Pederson benched Hurts, feeling the Eagles tanked. The loss gave Philadelphia the sixth decide within the draft as a substitute of the ninth.
“To disrespect the hassle that everybody put ahead to make this season a hit for the Nationwide Soccer League, to disrespect the sport by going on the market and never competing for 60 minutes and doing every part you possibly can to assist these gamers win, we are going to by no means try this so long as I’m the pinnacle coach of the New York Giants,” Giants coach Joe Decide stated about it.
Eagles working again Miles Sanders, who was certainly one of a number of starters inactive for the sport, additionally was crucial of Pederson’s choice to bench Hurts.
“Man, if I’m being trustworthy, no one appreciated the choice, no one,” Sanders stated in a radio interview a day after the sport. “That’s all I can say actually. I don’t know who was the primary individual behind that call. All I do know is that lots of people on the group (had been) confused.”
Pederson informed his quarterbacks the week main as much as the sport that Carson Wentz could be inactive and Sudfeld would get some snaps. Hurts, who took over after Wentz was benched in Week 13, had two touchdowns dashing however was solely 7 of 20 for 72 yards with one interception towards Washington. His final cross from the Washington 4 bounced in entrance of Quez Watkins, who was open for a go-ahead landing catch. Hurts additionally was enjoying by a leg harm.
For all these causes, it couldn’t be decided the Eagles deliberately tried to lose the sport.
“Doug had stated we had been going to make use of as many younger gamers as we might,” proprietor Jeffrey Lurie stated earlier this week. “Jalen had the harm within the Dallas recreation within the second quarter. He, in fact, desires to play, however , vital hamstring (harm). I believe Doug simply wished to offer Nate an opportunity. He deserved it. He’s been a part of our Tremendous Bowl-winning group. He contributed to the scout group. He contributed a lot. I believe it was simply with good intentions. The circumstances weren’t one of the best, perhaps the communication wasn’t one of the best, however we’d have cherished to have eradicated Washington.”
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