Eagles’ Miles Sanders Shares How Upset Other Players Were With Decision To Bench Jalen Hurts

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The New York Giants weren’t the only ones upset that Jalen Hurts was benched in Week 17.

Eagles running back Miles Sanders said “nobody” on the team was in favor of the decision to pull quarterback Jalen Hurts in favor of Nate Sudfeld during a three-point game in the fourth quarter against the Washington Football Team Sunday night.

“If I’m being honest, nobody liked the decision. Nobody. That’s all I can say,” Sanders said during an appearance on 94.1 WIP Tuesday. “I don’t know who was the main person behind that decision, but all I know is a lot of people on the team were confused.”

Pederson said the plan during the week was to get Sudfeld some snaps in a Week 17 game, and while some players knew of that plan, others were caught by surprise.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, two defensive players had to be held back from approaching Pederson after the move was made.

The move from Hurts to Sudfeld in a contested game that decided the winner of the NFC East sparked negative reaction throughout the league and on social media. Pederson said immediately after the game that he was “coaching to win.”

With the loss, the Eagles secured the sixth overall pick in April’s NFL draft. A win against Washington would have moved them to ninth overall.