SOURCE – When Doug Pederson pulled Jalen Hurts for Nate Sudfeld early in the fourth quarter in Sunday’s season finale against Washington, many Eagles players and coaches were shocked and outraged, team sources told The Inquirer.
Some were angry. Two defensive players had to be held back from approaching Pederson. Center Jason Kelce and another offensive starter went to the coach to ask him why he had pulled the starting quarterback with the Eagles trailing only by three.
Hurts was distraught, as well. Even though he had been told Wednesday that there was a chance Sudfeld could play, he couldn’t understand why Pederson would make the switch, sources close to the situation said.
Buckle up for a whole offseason of sources, QB controversies, and hot takes Eagles fans. It’s only Day 1 and we’ve already dealt with a shitstorm from fanbases and media around the league, Sal Pal calling for investigations, and Howie Roseman admitting emotion getting the best of him when selecting draft picks instead of listening to the scouts he employs to make those decisions. Now we have reports of players being held back from Doug, one of the greatest Eagles ever Jason Kelce questioning the decision, and Jalen Hurts visibly angry as we already know since the NBC cameras caught it.
I understand player’s frustrations, but this game isn’t going to be an issue by the time training camp starts. I like that Jalen Hurts is a competitor, but Doug needs to communicate to him it was done with the best interest in mind. If they can get him an elite weapon or someone to protect him it only benefits him in the long run. But communication is Doug’s issue and it has been all season.
Some speculated that most wouldn’t have cared had Pederson communicated his plans to the team, or publicly stated his intention to treat the finale like a preseason game and insert Sudfeld at some point.
But the way it unfolded left a bitter taste in many of the Eagles’ mouths and they felt embarrassed.
How do you not communicate with your future(?) QB that Nate Sudfeld at one point is going to play tonight? Or communicate that to the leaders of the team so they can deal with it in their position groups. It just seems like common sense. But if you watched one press conference this year you know Doug sticks his foot in his mouth every opportunity he gets. Remember the Carson Wentz/Brett Favre debacle when Rob Maadi had to save the organization after Doug was asked three times to clarify Carson’s position on the team? Get this bumbling hick some media training in the offseason.
I love that Jeff McLane wrote this piece. There’s no one who’s had a more contentious relationship with the Eagles more than Jeff McLane. Remember when he just blurted out “Why is Alshon on the team?”
Or this tweet, which I thought was hilarious
Or when Howie and Doug roasted Jeff’s gloves after he looked like he was warming his hands over a trashcan fire in FDR before walking over to NovaCare. (h/t CrossingBroad)
I just imagine Jeff pressing publish on this article at 11pm and the Grinch smile from ear to ear.
Give me an uncensored Philly beat reporter reality show on NBCPhilly! I know only Gary and I would watch it, but god damn it would I love to see Jeff McLane behind the scenes as he’s coming up with more ways to needle at his arch-nemisis’ Howie and Doug for making fun of the gloves he got from his cousin Paulie who’s a meat packer in South Philly.