PHILADELPHIA – Eagles educate Doug Pederson stated he was once making an attempt to win the sport even although he benched quarterback Jalen Hurts for third-stringer Nate Sudfeld in the fourth quarter with the Eagles trailing by means of three points.
Pederson stated he had made the choice earlier than the recreation that Sudfeld would play at some factor in the 2nd half.
He stated it had nothing to do with deliberately making an attempt to lose the game. The Eagles misplaced 20-14 to Washington on Sunday night, ending their season 4-11-1.
By losing, the Eagles will choose No. 6 typical in the NFL draft. If they had won, they would be selecting No. 9.
“Yes, I used to be teaching to win,” Pederson said, including that no one from administration directed him to pull Hurts. “That was once my choice solely. Nate has of course been right here for 4 years, and I felt he deserved a chance to get some snaps.”
Still, it appeared alternatively odd.
If Hurts used to be amazed in being pulled in a three-point game, he did not let on.
“I knew Nate’s labored simply challenging all year,” Hurts said. “I suppose he’s a brilliant participant and Coach desired to provide him a possibility at some factor in the recreation … Me being a competitor, I speak about triumphing all the time, and that’s what I’m all about. I have confidence in Coach with it. That’s all I can do.”
Hurts was once 7 of 20 for seventy-two yards and an interception. He additionally ran eight instances for 34 yards and two touchdowns, each from 6 yards out.
Hurts’ remaining play was once on a 4th-and-goal from the Washington four-yard line late in the 1/3 quarter, the Eagles trailing 17-14. Pederson decided to omit up a 22-yard subject aim that would have tied the recreation to go for the go-ahead touchdown.
“My attitude down there is when you’re that close, simply go in advance and proceed to remain aggressive and strive to score,” Pederson said.
Hurts, beneath strain from Washington’s protective line, received off a throw to a wide-open Quez Watkins that used to be simply past Watkins’ attain as he dove for it.
“Just a throw that Jalen would possibly like to have back,” Pederson said, including that wasn’t the cause why he pulled Hurts.
“I couldn’t get the oomph on it as I desired to,” Hurts said. “A scenario like that, you rating a touchdown, it’s a throw that I make often.”
The subsequent time the Eagles bought the ball, Sudfeld used to be in the game.
Sudfeld was once solely on the game-day roster in the season opener and on Sunday. He had thrown simply 25 professional passes coming into Sunday, and he does now not in shape for the Eagles’ long-term plans as a feasible beginning quarterback.
Sudfeld went 5 of 12 for 32 yards. He threw an interception, misplaced a fumble on a terrible snap, and was once sacked twice.
Yet there he was, making an attempt to lead the Eagles lower back from a three-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
He did not come shut and neither did the Eagles.