Doug Pederson Benched Jalen Hurts for Nate Sudfeld; Tanking?

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In a game that swings who will represent the NFC East in the NFL Playoffs, Doug Pederson has astoundingly benched Jalen Hurts for Nate Sudfeld in the fourth quarter.

This can only be interpreted as a middle finger to the Giants and their fans who need the Eagles to win this game. Cris Collinsworth is discussing the move on NBC like Pederson is looking to evaluate all the quarterbacks on his roster by putting Sudfeld in. Pederson and the Eagles will never in a million years admit it but it honestly feels like they are tanking.

It bears mentioning that the Eagles pick ninth in the NFL Draft if they win and sixth if they lose. You can’t get the players not to try, but if Pederson knows 100 percent he’ll be there next year it really is in his best interest to lose this game.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. Pederson will say Hurts is the Eagles starter, the season is already over so he wants to evaluate the rest of his roster, blah blah blah… He DGAF about playoffs, but he might care about draft position.

      • Yeah I’m not sure what Hurts did to argue he should stay in the lineup. Pederson was desperately hoping to catch lightning in a bottle since nothing else worked. You can only do so much with the talent you’ve got. He will take the fall but they’ve got to draft better at WR. They’ve got a collection of 3rd and 4th option receivers. You can bring any QB you want in there and it’s going to be ugly right now.

    • The Eagles do not want to risk an injury that could stop a trade. I believe Philly will eat a big portion of Carson’s contract just to move him. Indy sounds like a good destination. In fact the only thing, I feel, stopping a trade to Indy would be Andrew Luck returning. Even with a Super Bowl victory, I say Rivers will retire

  2. Sure I get the logical reasoning to tank.

    But after watching the last dance…Jordan was probably right…it creates a loser mentality. Besides I doubt there’s much difference from picking 6th or 9th if you are losers.

  3. The Eagles season was a mess, what with all of the injuries and losses and turnovers. Benching Hurts was reflective of a season-long frustration with QB play. Seems Wentz is long gone and Hurts is not his answer either. But, I agree that putting in a guy with zero experience is questionable and he proved all fans were correct: he stuck, too.
    That game reflects the NFC East, aka Least. All losing records so for any fan to bitch is sad. If McCarthy ( has no sense) throws the red flag on the trapped catch in the 4th quarter, Gano has to kick from 60, not 50, and then Dallas kicks a field goal to win by 1.
    Winning the NFC East was a war of attrition and it was fitting Alex Smith and Riverboat Ron somehhow prevailed with what they have endured the past couple of years.

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