Eagles' Miles Sanders: 'Nobody Liked the Decision' to Bench Jalen Hurts vs. WFT

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJanuary 5, 2021

Philadelphia Eagles' Jalen Hurts plays during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Football Team, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
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Doug Pederson's decision to bench Jalen Hurts in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Washington Football Team continues to reverberate around the NFL, with members of his Philadelphia Eagles voicing their unhappiness with the move.

Running back Miles Sanders told SportsRadio 94WIP "nobody liked the decision" to replace Hurts with Nate Sudfeld

"That's all I can say really," he added. "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."

Hurts' benching has caused quite a stir, most notably with members of the New York Giants.

"Can someone make it make sense to me what’s going on," Saquon Barkley tweeted. Golden Tate III wrote on social media that the Eagles "hate us more than they hate Washington AND they want Chase Young to win OFFENSIVE ROOKIE MVP."

New York would have won the NFC East if the Eagles had been able to beat Washington on Sunday night. 

Marcus Hayes of the Philadelphia Inquirer was among those who accused Pederson of intentionally tanking to improve the Eagles' draft position. 

Hurts replaced Carson Wentz as Philadelphia's starting quarterback for the final four games of the season. The rookie out of Oklahoma showed flashes of potential with 847 passing yards, 238 rushing yards and six total touchdowns in his first three starts. 

Washington's defense proved to be a difficult matchup for Hurts. He was 7-of-20 for 72 yards with one interception and had 34 yards rushing with two touchdowns on the ground before being replaced.

Sudfeld finished the game 5-of-12 for 32 yards during his four drives leading the Eagles offense.