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So much for the ridiculous idea that only the Giants and their fans were outraged by the Eagles coaching to lose.
Doug Pederson has a problem in his own locker room, as confirmed by running back Miles Sanders on SportsRadio 94 WIP in Philadelphia.
“Man, if I’m being honest, nobody liked the decision. Nobody,” Sanders said. “That’s all I can say really. I don’t know who was the main person behind that decision. All I know is a lot of people on the team was confused.”
The Eagles pulled starting quarterback Jalen Hurts in favor of bumbling third-stringer Nate Sudfeld at the start of the fourth quarter, facing a three-point deficit. A sulking Carson Wentz was inactive.
Washington’s win over the Eagles clinched the NFC East title and eliminated the Giants from playoff contention.
Pederson has been on blast from former NFL players, including Eagles great Seth Joyner, and most notably from Giants coach Joe Judge. After first saying the Giants needed to do more with their 16 games to get in the playoffs, Judge – without naming the Eagles or Pederson – said it was “disrespectful” to players and the integrity of the game not to give a full effort for 60 minutes.
Sanders did not play against Washington and was one of nine players ruled out due to injury. Sitting players is more of an acceptable form of tanking than trying to lose once the game is underway.
Sanders’ comments leave open the theory that it might not have been Pederson’s decision, but rather a directive from ownership or the front office that losing would improve draft position from No. 9 to No. 6 in the first round.
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