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Carson Wentz reportedly hoping to work things out with Eagles

Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz is facing an uncertain future with the Philadelphia Eagles after he was benched for his poor play this season, but the former first-round pick has not yet decided if he wants a fresh start elsewhere.

Wentz is hopeful he can work things out with the Eagles, Rob Maaddi of The Associated Press reports. The 28-year-old is planning to take some time away from the team to think things over, but it sounds like any talk of him asking for a trade is premature.

According to Maaddi, Wentz has yet to discuss his future in Philadelphia with Eagles officials. While the relationship between the two sides is strained, Wentz seems open to continuing his career with the Eagles.

Of course, the team’s vision will have a lot to do with Wentz’s plans. If he meets with team officials and they tell him they view Jalen Hurts as their starting quarterback going forward, Wentz almost certainly will want a trade.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported on Sunday that the relationship between Wentz and the Eagles is “fractured.” He says Wentz is planning to ask for a trade.

If Wentz and the Eagles do decide to part ways, it’s possible they could work with an interested team to lessen the salary cap hit. Wentz may already have a preferred destination in mind if that happens.

Miles Sanders shares how Eagles players felt about Nate Sudfeld playing

Miles Sanders

Philadelphia Eagles players were said to be unhappy over the way the team handled Sunday’s game against Washington, and star running back Miles Sanders has now gone on record expressing his displeasure over the situation.

During an appearance on SportsRadio 94WIP on Tuesday, Sanders confirmed that Eagles players were unhappy with head coach Doug Pederson playing Nate Sudfeld instead of Jalen Hurts late in the 20-14 loss to Washington. Sanders said he is unsure whose decision it was, but it left the team “confused.”

“Man if I’m being honest, nobody liked the decision, nobody,” Sanders said, per Eagles insider John McMullen. “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.”

The Eagles were trailing Washington 17-14 in the fourth quarter and had a chance to win the game. Pederson then benched Hurts, who was 7/20 passing to that point but had two rushing touchdowns. Sudfeld, who is ordinarily the team’s third-string quarterback, turned the ball over twice and did not give Philly a chance to win.

The belief, of course, is that the Eagles tanked. By losing, they improved their draft position three spots from No. 9 to No. 6. Not surprisingly, players didn’t care about that. Some of them reportedly had to be restrained from going after Pederson.

NBC’s announcers also called the Eagles out for the questionable decision to play Sudfeld. Joe Judge, whose New York Giants needed a Washington loss in order to qualify for the playoffs, ripped the Eagles.

Players never want to feel like they’ve been put in position to lose, and that’s exactly what happened with the Eagles on Sunday. You can understand why Sanders and others were unhappy.

Report: Eagles players had to be restrained from going after Doug Pederson

Doug Pederson

Playing Nate Sudfeld on Sunday night may have helped the Philadelphia Eagles’ draft position, but it apparently did not sit well with many of the team’s players.

The Eagles were trailing Washington 17-14 in the fourth quarter and had a chance to win the game. However, head coach Doug Pederson benched Jalen Hurts, who was 7/20 passing to that point but had two rushing touchdowns. Sudfeld, who is ordinarily the team’s third-string quarterback, turned the ball over twice and did not give them a chance to win.

Perplexed by the team seemingly tanking midgame, many Eagles players reportedly were upset.

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane reported on Monday that many Eagles players and coaches were shocked and outraged by Pederson’s decision. Two offensive starters reportedly approached Pederson to question him about the move. McLane says two defensive players had to be restrained from approaching Pederson.

NBC’s announcers called the Eagles out for the questionable decisions. Joe Judge, whose New York Giants needed a Washington loss in order to qualify for the playoffs, ripped the Eagles.

Losing the game improved the Eagles’ draft position by three spots from No. 9 to No. 6. Maybe that was all the motivation the Eagles needed to make the quarterback switch.

Joe Judge rips Eagles for effort against Washington

Joe Judge

New York Giants coach Joe Judge did not hold back when alluding to the Philadelphia Eagles’ effort against Washington on Sunday night.

The Giants needed the Eagles to beat Washington to give New York the division title, and the game was close throughout. However, Philadelphia was widely criticized for benching quarterback Jalen Hurts in favor of Nate Sudfeld in a game the Eagles were only losing by a field goal. Some outright accused the Eagles of tanking in a game with major playoff implications.

Judge seemed to agree with those accusations. In a lengthy speech Monday during his news conference, Judge talked about all the sacrifices that players and their families had gone into to ensure that the season happened during a pandemic. Then, without explicitly mentioning the Eagles, he made clear that he was furious with their effort, and the Giants would never do such a thing.

“To disrespect the effort that everyone put forward to make this season a success for the National Football League, to disrespect the game by going out there and not competing for 60 minutes to doing everything you can to help those players win — we will never do that as long as I’m the head coach of the New York Giants,” Judge concluded.

It’s pretty clear that Judge thinks the Eagles did disrespect the game by how they handled the season finale. Doug Pederson tried to defend how he coached, but few are going to buy it. Frankly, Judge has a point, and his players probably agree with him. Could they have won more games and handled their own business? Of course. And the Eagles have the right to handle their personnel the way they want to. But it’s an awful look when a team gives off the impression that it’s not playing to win in such a meaningful game.

Ron Rivera shares thoughts on Eagles seemingly laying down for Washington

Ron Rivera

The Philadelphia Eagles made a mind-blowing decision to play Nate Sudfeld over Jalen Hurts late in their loss to Washington on Sunday night, but Ron Rivera rejects the idea that his team got a free pass into the postseason.

Rivera was asked on Monday about Eagles head coach Doug Pederson pulling Hurts with Philly trailing 17-14 late in the second half. He defended Washington’s road to the playoffs and said he’ll never “apologize” for winning a game. Rivera also mentioned how the Cleveland Browns clinched a postseason berth against a Pittsburgh Steelers team that rested several starters.

“I’m not going to apologize for winning … Nobody complained when Pittsburgh did what they did against Cleveland,” Rivera said, via ESPN’s John Keim. “We got in the playoffs. You apologize for losing in the playoffs, but you don’t apologize for getting in. it was a hard road for us.”

Rivera is right. It’s fair to wonder what Pederson was thinking, as he claims he was “coaching to win.” Bringing in Sudfeld and leaving him in when he struggled is not coaching to win, and Pederson knows it. That doesn’t mean Washington had control over any of that.

Rivera’s story is easily one of the most remarkable of the 2020 NFL season. He battled cancer during the year and was visibly struggling to get through some games. He should feel a great sense of pride about leading his team to the playoffs no matter which quarterback was under center for the Eagles.

Video: Zach Ertz was crying while discussing potentially leaving Eagles

Zach Ertz crying

Zach Ertz played what may have been his final game with the Eagles on Sunday, and the tight end was overcome with emotion on Monday while discussing his potential departure from Philadelphia.

Ertz certainly seems like he believes his time in Philly is coming to an end. He spoke with reporters on Monday about how much the city means to him and thanked them for the way they have handled “a really tough job.” He was unable to hold back tears at one point.

“I think this city is the best city to play for, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience,” Ertz said. “This city means a lot to me. It means a lot to my family, and I’m thankful.”

Ertz missed several games due to injury this season, and fellow tight end Dallas Goedert was more productive in the passing game. With Ertz carrying a cap hit of over $12 million next season, it seems likely that the Eagles will part ways with him.

There were some reports early in the season about Ertz getting into a heated contract debate with Eagles GM Howie Roseman, but both have downplayed that. Either way, it sounds like the 30-year-old will be looking for work elsewhere this offseason.

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.

Giants’ Sterling Shepard has great quote about rooting for Eagles

Sterling Shepard

The New York Giants have suddenly become huge Philadelphia Eagles fans, but wide receiver Sterling Shepard has made it clear he is not going to get carried away.

The Giants kept their playoff hopes alive with a win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. In order to qualify for the postseason with their 6-10 record, New York needs the Eagles to beat Washington on “Sunday Night Football.” Shepard said after his team’s win that he’ll be rooting hard for Philly, but you won’t catch him wearing any Eagles swag.

“I won’t be caught dead in an #Eagles hat, but I’ll be at home rooting for them tonight with my family,” Shepard said, per Matt Lombardo of Fansided.

We’re sure the rest of the Giants feel similarly. It’s unnatural to root for a division rival, but the G-Men have no choice in this instance.

If the Eagles do win, the Giants would become the first ever 10-loss NFL team to make the playoffs. They may have gotten a big assist from Mike McCarthy to even be in this position, as the Cowboys coach made a crucial mistake in Sunday’s game.

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Carson Wentz reportedly has this team at top of his trade wish list

Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz may ask the Philadelphia Eagles to trade him this offseason, and apparently the former first-round pick already has a preferred destination in mind.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported on Sunday that Wentz would prefer to be traded to the Indianapolis Colts over “several other choices.” Colts head coach Frank Reich was the offensive coordinator for the Eagles in 2016 and 2017.

There have been some conflicting reports about Wentz’s future in Philadelphia, but the latest from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen claims the relationship between Wentz and the Eagles is “fractured” and the quarterback plans to ask for a trade.

It’s unclear if the Eagles are ready to commit to Jalen Hurts as their starting QB going forward. Wentz appears to still have some supporters within the organization, and Philly has invested a ton in him. Ownership may not be willing to give up on Wentz just yet after all the Eagles have paid the former second overall pick.

Of course, the Colts could also bring back Philip Rivers. There has been talk of the 39-year-old retiring after the season, but it sounds like he would prefer to keep playing.

Carson Wentz will reportedly ask Eagles for trade

Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz is facing an uncertain future in Philadelphia after he was benched for Jalen Hurts, and the former first-round pick may have already decided he wants a fresh start elsewhere.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said on “Sunday NFL Countdown” that Wentz has a “fractured” relationship with the Eagles. While there have been reports that Wentz still has supporters within the organization, Mortensen says the quarterback is planning to ask for a trade.

“His relationship with the Eagles is all but fractured. In fact, it is fractured,” Mortensen said, via Tim Daniels of Bleacher Report. “Wentz is expected to ask the Eagles for a trade and will help the Eagles facilitate a trade. The reaction of Jeffrey Lurie, the owner, will be vital to this one, but right now Wentz clearly wants out of Philadelphia and a fresh start somewhere else.”

Wentz has been one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL this season. The Eagles have looked better on offense with Hurts under center, but they were eliminated from the postseason hunt with last week’s 37-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Philly is 1-2 since Hurts took over as the starter.

We know Wentz is unhappy with his current situation, but that goes without saying. A quarterback that the Eagles drafted in the second round took his job, which doesn’t bode well for Wentz’s future. However, one recent report seemed to indicate the Eagles don’t want to part ways with Wentz.

Wentz isn’t going to want to stick around in Philadelphia if the team views Hurts as its starter heading into 2021. Whether or not that is the case remains to be seen.