New York Giants head coach Joe Judge is not pleased with the efforts of the Philadelphia Eagles during their 20-14 loss on Sunday Night Football to the Washington Football Team that gave the latter the NFC East title.
During the fourth quarter of Washington’s 20-14 win over Philadelphia on Sunday Night Football, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson opted to bring in backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld for starter Jalen Hurts. Of course, Pederson’s decision helped contribute to Washington winning the NFC East while the 6-10 Giants – who swept Washington – will be home for the playoffs.
While Hurts amassed a horrific passer rating of 24.5, Pederson’s decision to bring in Sudfeld – who was active in place of healthy scratch Carson Wentz – was dubious at best. A member of the Eagles since 2017, Sudfeld’s brutal performance (5 of 14, 32 yards, INT, fumble lost, 14.6 passer rating) fortified Washington’s ability to win the game.
Judge expressed dissatisfaction while speaking to the media on Monday evening over Pederson’s choice to get a career backup some fourth quarter reps.
Others have agreed with Judge’s take prior to his comments on Monday. Boston Globe writer Dan Shaugnessy suggested the NFL should fine Philadelphia and takeaway draft picks. Meanwhile, NFL writer Jim Trotter described the efforts of the Eagles as disrespectful.
Then, there was ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, who tweeted that Pederson’s decision received significant backlash and was deemed a disgrace.
I don’t expect the NFL to do anything but I would suspect the Giants will have some things to say on the field when the Birds meet them for the first time next season.
Lastly, there was Eagles center Jason Kelce, whose feelings on the issue of tanking came up a few weeks prior to Sunday’s game.
“At all times in the NFL, the focus should be winning the football game. Nothing else takes precedence…”