The Eagles’ controversial decision to Jalen Hurts bench in the team’s last game against the Washington football team left a bad taste in the mouths of almost everyone.
Except the Washington football team, that is. Post-game audio captured by NFL microphones shows Washington defensive end Montez Sweat joking with Hurts.
“I don’t know what would have happened if you had stayed in there, man.
Hurts completed just 7 of 20 passes for 72 yards and one interception, but also ran eight times for 34 yards and two touchdowns. His replacement Nate Sudfeld – who came on early in the fourth quarter with Philadelphia down just three points – wasn’t nearly as impressive. He completed 5 of 12 passes for 32 yards and two turnovers in the 20-14 loss.
Many who follow the NFL believe Doug Pederson’s decision to bench Hurts was less than athletic; the move not only eliminated the giants after winning the NFC East – giving that title to Washington – but also gave Philadelphia a better draft pick (No.6 overall).
That includes Eagles running back Miles Sanders, who said after the game that “nobody liked the decision, nobody”. Philadelphia Center Jason Kelce tried to shed some light on the situation in a long Instagram post on Wednesday, saying Sudfeld had been notified in advance to be ready to play if necessary.
“I understand the optics of his appearance, and I would be lying if I weren’t a little surprised given the circumstances the move happened in when it happened, but each of us did our best. , and we all believe we can win with Nate Sudfeld, ”Kelce wrote.“ It was a tough situation to put in, especially when you have a 10-year veteran center who doesn’t slam you the ball with precision during your second practice of the game. “
It’s a thing of the past now. Maybe over time this is something Philadelphia can laugh at. For now, the only one laughing is Sweat.