There have been mixed reports about how the Eagles’ players felt about the team’s decision to bench Jalen Hurts for Nate Sudfeld during their Week 17 loss to the Washington Football Team, a move that has created national outrage.
Eagles running back Miles Sanders, who did not play in the game because of a physical injury, says “nobody” on the team liked the decision.
“Man if I’m being honest, nobody liked the decision, nobody,” Sanders told Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie on Tuesday’s 94WIP Midday Show. “That’s all I can say really. I don’t know who was the main person behind that decision. All I know is that a lot of people on the team was confused.”
Brandon Graham, who will join the 94WIP Morning Show on Wednesday at 7am, explained that the team understood that Sudfeld was going to play at some point during the game. Head coach Doug Pederson also explained that on 94WIP, as well.
However, according to Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer, many Eagles players and coaches on the sidelines were “shocked and outraged.”
Sanders was asked how difficult it was to watch the game.
“Oh man. It was definitely hard to watch just because I wanted to be out there,” Sanders said. “With everything going on, I didn’t want to be one of the guys that was just out. I know everybody has—some people—have legit reasons of being out for the game, but I didn’t want to be out for any reason just because it was the last game of the season and how everything went. I just wanted to go out there and ball out for my teammates for the last time this season, despite how everything went.
But I physically couldn’t go and that was definitely hard for me. Not even going to bring up 1,000 yards, but I just wanted to go out there and finish off the season with my team, for real, for real.”
You can listen to the full interview below.