The fallout continues from Eagles head coach Doug Pederson pulling quarterback Jalen Hurts for Nate Sudfeld during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Washington Football Team. Pederson’s decision reportedly left players and coaches “shocked and outraged,” according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Things got so bad Sunday that “two defensive players had to be held back from approaching Pederson,” the Inquirer reports. Jason Kelce was one player who went to Pederson to confront him over pulling Hurts. The Inquirer doesn’t name Kelce as a player who had to be held back.
Kelce was on record just a couple weeks ago saying how important it is to play all the way to the end of the season.
“It’s an exciting time whenever anyone is going out there for the first time. That being said, I think at all times in the NFL, the focus should be winning the football game. Nothing else takes precedence. No player evaluation, no amount of curiosity from anybody within the organization,” Kelce explained in December.
“Everything is focused in this league, in my opinion, about winning games. You see a lot of losing teams disdain losses for a lot of losing years when they have bad cultures, when they don’t try to win every week.”
“This isn’t basketball. One draft pick isn’t going to make us Super Bowl champion. It might be a big start for us to be a Super Bowl champion, but it’s always going to be about the team. That’s the greatest thing about this sport.”
“I don’t care if you’ve lost every game and you’re 0-15 and it’s the last one you got, everything is about winning in this league.”
The Eagles would’ve picked No. 9 in the 2021 draft with a win. Instead, the loss guaranteed the team pick No. 6.
While the media continues to chase the outrage story, Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham is on record saying he knew Sudfeld was scheduled to get a chance Sunday and he was excited for the quarterback to get a chance.
Are we dealing with manufactured outrage here? It’s starting to look that way.
— EJ Smith (@EJSmith94) January 4, 2021