Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce revealed he approached head coach Doug Pederson to ask him about pulling Jalen Hurts out of the game but claimed it was non-confrontational. On Sunday Night Football, Eagles coach Pederson pulled starting quarterback Hurts for backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld in the fourth quarter of a tight game against the Washington Football Team.
The Eagles went scoreless in the fourth quarter as Washington claimed a 20-14 win to clinch the No. 1 place in the division and make the playoffs. "I went up to Doug and asked him if he was taking Hurts out, he said, 'Yes, I think Nate's earned the right to play,'" Kelce wrote in an Instagram post Wednesday.
"I said, 'Everyone else is staying in?' He said, 'Absolutely.' "
Some Eagles weren't happy with the decision
Per report, two Eagles defensive players had to be held back from Pederson after he pulled Hurts out for Sudfeld.
The New York Giants beat the Dallas Cowboys earlier on Sunday and they would have made the playoffs with an Eagles win. But the Eagles failed to beat Washington and several Giants player suggested on social media that Philadelphia tanked the game against Washington for a better draft position.
"At no point was anything from me or anyone else confrontational," Kelce added. "We all knew leading into the game that Sudfeld was told to be ready to play, and that Doug wanted to see what he could do in a game situation.
All of us during the week leading up were excited for Nate, a guy that has been with us for 4 years to get an opportunity in a real game to show the world what he can do. We all have complete confidence in Nate as a player, there's a reason he's been here this long, and a reason the team brought him back.
And that's because we feel like Nate is a guy we can win with." But a day earlier, Eagles running back Miles Sanders -- who didn't play the game -- said "nobody liked" the decision to bench Hurts for Sudfeld.
"If I'm being honest, nobody liked the decision. Nobody. That's all I can say," Sanders told 94.1 WIP on 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." The Eagles will select at No. 6 in the next NFL draft.