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Doug Pederson defends decision to play Nate Sudfeld over Jalen Hurts

Doug Pederson

Doug Pederson defended his decision to play Nate Sudfeld over Jalen Hurts in the fourth quarter of the team’s 20-14 loss to Washington on Sunday night.

The Philadelphia Eagles were in a 17-14 game with Washington when Pederson pulled Hurts to play Sudfeld. The decision left many people confused, especially as Sudfeld struggled.

So why did Pederson put in Sudfeld for the entire quarter, as if the game did not have playoff implications for the NFC East? He said after the game that he “was coaching to win.”

If he were really coaching to win, he would have kept Hurts in the game. Carson Wentz was a healthy scratch, which led Pederson playing Sudfeld. That was not a winning decision.

The Eagles’ moves were so mind-boggling that Cris Collinsworth called them out and expected to hear from the NFL over it.

Biggest disappointments of NFL Week 17

Andy Dalton

We made it to the end of the 2020 NFL season, and we’ll certainly remember it for lots of different reasons. Despite the circumstances that surrounded it, we saw a whole lot of memorable performances all season, and Week 17 was no different. Some teams and players rose to the occasion, but others just couldn’t do it, whether they had nothing to play for or everything.

Here are the disappointments from the final week of the 2020 season.

Doug Pederson, head coach, Eagles

Pederson said he wanted to get a look at Nate Sudfeld in the Eagles’ season finale. But Pederson showed no regard for the integrity of the game by playing Sudfeld for the entire fourth quarter of a game that had playoff implications.

Pederson sat Jalen Hurts for the entire fourth quarter despite the Eagles being in a one-possession game the whole time. Sudfeld turned the ball over twice and did not produce any points in four possessions. It felt a lot like Pederson gave the game away, which was disappointing to most people outside of D.C.

Miami Dolphins

It’s fair to say that the Dolphins arrived a year earlier than they may have expected to. Still, they entered the day with a chance at a playoff spot. The Buffalo Bills team they were playing looked set to limit their starters. The Bills did that, and it didn’t matter. Buffalo scored 28 points in the second quarter, and things didn’t even improve much once Matt Barkley entered the game, with the Bills ultimately winning 56-26. To come so close and then get throttled like that has to be disappointing for Miami, but ultimately, it seems they just weren’t quite ready for the big stage yet.

Andy Dalton, QB, Cowboys

It turns out there was a reason Dalton failed to land a starting job last offseason. He still had the chance to lead the Cowboys to a surprising NFC East title, or at least position themselves for a chance at one with a win. That didn’t happen, and Dalton was a big reason why. Ineffective and inconsistent, he threw for 243 yards and was intercepted once.

Dalton will have to find another backup job, because he didn’t do much to convince anyone that he had the skills to remain a starter in this league. It’s not his fault he was thrown into the job he was due to Dak Prescott’s injury, but it did serve as a reminder of what he really is.

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Panthers

The Panthers are going to have to seriously consider whether they want to stick with Bridgewater in the future. Yes, he was playing behind a battered offensive line, but he has thrown one touchdown since the end of November and isn’t getting it done. He doesn’t really look like an NFL starter. He was ultimately removed from Sunday’s game due to the blowout and the fact that Carolina had nothing to play for. His status will be worth watching going into the 2021 season.

Cincinnati Bengals

Sure, the Bengals didn’t have anything to play for Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, who were looking to solidify a playoff spot. Still, the team has looked a bit more lively in recent weeks. That was not the case on Sunday, as they simply got steamrolled 38-3. Quarterback Brandon Allen completed just 6 passes on 21 attempts. There is some chatter that coach Zac Taylor’s job security may be iffy. If that’s true, Sunday didn’t do much to prove to ownership that they’re on the right track and still fighting.

Houston Texans’ defense

The Texans have a lot of work to do. They remain exciting on offense at the best of times, but awful on defense, as evidenced by how the end of this game went. The Texans had fought all the way back to a 38-38 tie and seemed to have done enough to get the game to overtime with 18 seconds left. Enter the defense, which somehow left space in the middle of the field and allowed Titans QB Ryan Tannehill to find A.J. Brown with what was essentially a 52-yard Hail Mary. The Titans hit the field goal, and the Texans lost thanks to their horrific defense once again.

Eagles accused of tanking at end of loss to Washington

Doug Pederson

The Philadelphia Eagles’ play and decisions at the end of their season-ending loss to Washington on Sunday were so bizarre that they left many wondering whether the team was tanking.

The Eagles, who entered the game 4-10-1, made a quarterback switch early in the fourth quarter despite only being down 17-14 to Washington. Jalen Hurts was not playing well and was 7/20 for 72 yards and an interception in the game, though he did have two rushing touchdowns.

Philly made the switch from Hurts to Nate Sudfeld after Hurts was unable to convert in the red zone on the previous possession. Sudfeld, who is the team’s third-string QB, threw an interception on his first possession and lost a fumble on his next.

The game remained close the entire time, but Doug Pederson continued to leave Sudfeld in rather than use Hurts.

“In New York they’re asking why are you experimenting on our time?” NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth said early on.

The Giants needed a Washington loss to reach the playoffs, and many were wondering whether Pederson was giving his team its best shot of winning.

Plenty of people on Twitter couldn’t believe what Philly was doing and wondered if Pederson was tanking for a better draft position.

Collinsworth again questioned what Philly was doing.

The Eagles’ players didn’t give up. The defense got an interception on Alex Smith and held Washington to a field goal on the following possession. But Pederson did not seem to be putting his team in the best position to win the game given his insistence on sticking with Sudfeld for the final four possessions.

Eagles reportedly likely to retain Doug Pederson

Doug Pederson

Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson has been rumored to be on the hot seat, but it appears he doesn’t have that much to worry about.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, “all signs” point to the Eagles retaining Pederson for 2021 despite a disappointing season. The organization is more focused on moving forward with the current leadership and allowing them to address the current issues plaguing the organization.

The Eagles are 4-10-1, and were unable to take advantage of the rest of the NFC East’s frailty to win the division. In fact, they are the only team in the division to be eliminated from playoff contention heading into Week 17. The Eagles have also had significant quarterback issues, with Carson Wentz recently being benched in favor of Jalen Hurts.

Pederson won a Super Bowl with Philadelphia, so he still has some goodwill left. He was clearly concerned about his job status, but it sounds like he doesn’t have a ton to worry about.

Report: These two NFL head coaches among those on hot seat

Anthony Lynn

The Philadelphia Eagles are still very much in contention in the horrendous NFC East, and they may need to win the division in order for head coach Doug Pederson to keep his job. Several head coaches are said to be on the hot seat with a handful of games remaining in the regular season, and Pederson and Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn are among them.

Pederson’s future with the Eagles is in doubt, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. The 52-year-old acknowledged this week that team owner Jeffrey Lurie did not give him any assurances about his status with the Eagles. Some people in the building can reportedly sense the tension and frustration that accompanies a head coach who might be on the verge of losing his job.

The Eagles are 3-7-1 and somehow not even a full game behind Washington and the New York Giants, who are tied for first in the NFC East at 3-8.

The Los Angeles Chargers, who have been starting a rookie quarterback for the majority of the season, have a similar record to Philly at 3-8, and Rapoport was told head coach Anthony Lynn is also on the hot seat.

Like Pederson, Lynn also enjoyed success early on with his team. The Chargers went 12-4 and won a playoff game two years ago, and Lynn is widely respected within the organization. However, Rapoport notes that some of Lynn’s in-game blunders this season (like this incompetent clock management last week) have led to doubts about the coach’s job security.

Both Pederson and Lynn could determine their fate by how their teams play over the final five games of the season. It has to work in Lynn’s favor that rookie quarterback Justin Herbert has rapidly developed. The opposite may be true for Pederson, as Wentz has been one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL this season.

Doug Pederson seems to indicate he is on hot seat with Eagles

Doug Pederson

The Philadelphia Eagles lost their third straight game on Monday night and continue to blow chances to take control of the abysmal NFC East. There has been a lot of talk about benching Carson Wentz, but is head coach Doug Pederson also facing an uncertain future with the franchise?

Pederson was asked on Tuesday if he has reason to believe his job is in jeopardy. He said he has a “good” relationship with owner Jeffrey Lurie but has not been reassured that he will remain with the team in 2021.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported earlier this season that Pederson’s job is safe, but he admitted on Monday that he “can’t say that with any confidence anymore.” Keep in mind that Pederson has a background as an offensive coordinator, and the Eagles’ offense looked terrible on Monday and has been lost for the majority of the season.

Pederson is only three years removed from leading Philadelphia to a Super Bowl win, but a 3-7-1 record is not what ownership had in mind for this season. Lurie and company may have a specific reason for not benching Wentz, and that reason could make Pederson even more uneasy about his own job.

Doug Pederson raises possibility of using Jalen Hurts more

Jalen Hurts

As the Philadelphia Eagles continue to struggle on offense and questions grow about Carson Wentz’s future, coach Doug Pederson admitted it may be time to add some different looks.

Pederson said Monday that he would like to involve Hurts in the offense more after the rookie played just one snap Sunday.

“I think I can get him in the game a little bit more,” Pederson said, via Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.

That could mean anything. Five snaps would be “a little bit more” than one, for instance. It’s at least an admission that the offense isn’t working right now and may require some different looks.

One thing that is clear: the possibility of Hurts replacing Wentz full-time is not on the table. Pederson has consistently resisted benching Wentz, and said so again on Sunday. Hurts may change the pace more, but this is still Wentz’s job right now.

Doug Pederson again addresses talk of benching Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz

The Philadelphia Eagles got an opportunity to face the worst defense in the NFL on Sunday night, but you would not have known it. Carson Wentz once again struggled and the Eagles’ offense scored just 15 points, which has once again led to many calling for the quarterback to be benched. Head coach Doug Pederson insists that still is not a consideration.

Wentz completed just 15-of-27 passes for 123 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Philadelphia’s 23-9 win. Pederson was asked on Monday if he thought about benching him at any point. The coach said his “mind wasn’t there.”

Pederson also said Wentz understands he needs to stop turning the ball over. The 27-year-old has thrown 12 interceptions on the season, which is more than any other quarterback in the NFL. Wentz’s passer rating is 73.2. Only Drew Lock and Sam Darnold have been worse in that department.

Wentz signed a huge extension with the Eagles last year, which is probably one of the main reasons they are not thinking about benching him. Assuming the reports we heard about rookie second-round pick Jalen Hurts during training camp are true, Wentz would likely be a lot closer to getting the hook if not for his contract.

Doug Pederson thinks this has been the big problem for Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz made a big mistake early in Sunday night’s game between his Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys. The error gave us a glimpse of what Doug Pederson thinks Wentz’s big problem has been.

The Eagles were down 3-0 in the first quarter and had a 2nd-and-19 after Wentz was sacked. Wentz tried to avoid the rush again and didn’t want to be sacked a second time in a row, so he rolled out to try and keep the play alive. Instead, he found nothing and ended up being stripped and losing a fumble.

NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth immediately jumped on Wentz for “doing too much.”

“This is a horrible play by Carson Wentz, and sometimes he has been doing this too much,” Collinsworth said of Wentz. “He’s making wild plays in the hopes of making something special happen, because he doesn’t have much around him. … Too much. He’s just doing too much.”

Collinsworth’s critique about Wentz doing too much stemmed from a conversation with Pederson in preparation for the game.

“We had a conversation with Doug Pederson about it. [Wentz] made a wild throw across the field last week. He’s got to stop doing that,” Collinsworth said.

The Philadelphia Eagles head coach made it known in the conversation with Collinsworth that Wentz has just been doing too much. It’s also not a stretch to think that Collinsworth hypothesizing that Wentz is trying to do too much because of a lack of weapons was speculation that originates from Pederson.

NFL announcers often meet with various players and coaches in the week leading up to a game to gather information that will help them in calling big games. Some of the analysis and observations these analysts later share on the air are the product of those conversations.

Wentz made up for it on the following possession by leading an 83-yard touchdown drive to put Philly up 7-3.

Doug Pederson addresses talk about benching Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz has been alarmingly bad through the first three games of the season, but Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson is not ready to entertain any talk of benching the quarterback.

Wentz completed 29-of-47 passes for 225 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in Sunday’s tie against the Cincinnati Bengals. Pederson was asked during his appearance on SportsRadio 94WIP on Monday if he has considered benching Wentz for rookie Jalen Hurts. The coach emphatically shot down the idea.

“No. No. You don’t go there. That is a knee-jerk reaction. That is a reaction to things that are sometimes, you know, the aura that is out there,” Pederson said. “That is not what we believe internally and we are going to continue to get better. Carson is our quarterback.”

Pederson also mentioned how every team in the NFC East is off to a slow start, which is another reason he is not panicking. No team in the division has a winning record through three weeks.

“We are going to get it fixed, he is going to get it fixed and you know, we got a long season — we are only a half-game out of first place for goodness sakes,” Pederson added. “The whole division right now is not playing very good football. So, we are not that far off.”

Wentz has thrown two interceptions in each game this season. He has completed less than 60 percent of his passes and is averaging just 5.6 yards per completion, which is dead last in the NFL. His passer rating of 63.9 is also last in the league.

Simply put, Wentz can’t play much worse — the Eagles hope. Alshon Jeffery has been out with an injury, so his absence has likely contributed to the struggles. The Eagles also may have won on Sunday if not for a brutal mistake in overtime, but Wentz still needs to play much better.

Wentz signed a huge extension with the Eagles last year, which is probably one of the main reasons they are not thinking about benching him. If the reports we heard about Hurts during training camp are true, Wentz would likely be a lot closer to getting the hook if not for his contract.