New York Giants head coach Joe Judge suggested that the Philadelphia Eagles tanked against the Washington Football Team and acknowledged that his team would never do something like that as long as he is the head coach of the team.
On Sunday, the Giants handed a 23-19 loss to the Dallas Cowboys to improve to 6-10 in their division and keep their chances of winning the division and making the playoffs. The Giants needed the Eagles to beat Washington on their home field but that didn't happen as the visitors from D.C.
claimed the key win to make the postseason. In the fourth quarter, the Eagles benched starting quarterback Jalen Hurts and many believed they intentionally tanked the game so they could get a better draft position. "Obviously players have asked me throughout the day, and I just can't express that one thing to keep in mind from this season is that we had a lot of people opt in to this season.
OK, we had a lot of people opt in. Coaches, players, family members as well," Judge said. "So to look at a group of grown men who I asked to give me effort on a day-in, day-out basis and to empty the tank and then I can look them in the eye and assure them that I am always going to do anything I can to put them in a competitive advantage and play them in a position of strength."
The Giants were disgusted by the Eagles act
Shortly after the game, a number of Giants players took to social media and called out the Eagles for tanking the game. "To me, you don't ever want to disrespect those players and their effort and disrespect the game.
The sacrifices that they made to come into work every day and test before coming in, to sit in meetings spaced out, to wear masks and have shields over those masks, to go through extensive protocols, to travel in unconventional ways, to get text messages at 6:30 in the morning telling them practice was going to be canceled [and] we have to do a virtual day, to tell them please don't have your family over for Thanksgiving, please avoid Christmas gatherings, we know it's your wife's birthday let's make sure we put that one off until the offseason.
There's a number of sacrifices made by all the players and coaches in this league. There's a number of sacrifices that comes along as well with the family members and people connected to them," Judge continued.
"To disrespect the effort that everyone put forward to make this season a success in the National Football League, to disrespect the game by going out there and not competing for 60 minutes and doing everything they can to help those players win, we will never do that as long as I am the head coach of the New York Giants."