Miles Sanders: 'Nobody' liked Eagles' decision to bench Jalen Hurts

Ryan Homler
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Miles Sanders: 'Nobody' liked Eagles' decision to bench Jalen Hurts originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Doug Pederson's decision to bench Jalen Hurts for Nate Sudfeld in the fourth quarter against the Washington Football Team drew plenty of criticism nationally.

From New York Giants head coach Joe Judge -- who's team needed an Eagles victory to clinch the NFC East -- to plenty of national media personalities, it was seen as wrong and an act of not trying to win the football game.

Eagles running back Miles Sanders says the players on the sideline share a similar opinion of the move.

"Man if I'm being honest, nobody liked the decision, nobody," Sanders said on 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."

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Hurts was removed in the fourth quarter with Philadephia trailing by just three points in Week 17. Pederson argued that he made the switch not because he wasn't trying to win, but because he wanted to give Sudfeld, a member of the team for four seasons, a chance to showcase his skills and be evaluated.

That reasoning wasn't bought by many on the outside, and reports stated that Philadelphia players were 'outraged' by the move that blindsided many.

Sanders was not active for the game, as he was one of the many starters sidelined in the final week due to an injury, as he was not 100 percent for the contest. The Pro Bowl running back stated that watching the events unfold on the sideline was challenging, as he felt the team deserved to end the season on a high note. 

"Oh man. It was definitely hard to watch just because I wanted to be out there. 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," Sanders said. "I just wanted to go out there and ball out for my teammates for the last time this season, despite how everything went."