The Philadelphia Eagles had a shot to win last night against the Washington Football Team and they straight up gave up.
Doug Pederson claims he was not trying to tank but rather was trying to win.
“Yes, I was coaching to win, yes that was my decision solely,” Pederson said after the game. “Nate has obviously been here for four years and I felt that he deserved an opportunity to get some snaps. Listen, if there is anything out there that thinks that I was not trying to win the game, you know, (tight end Zach) Ertz is out there, (defensive end) Brandon Graham is out there, (cornerback) Darius Slay is out there. All our top guys are still on the field at the end, so we were going to win the game.
“Pretty simple, the plan this week was to get Nate some time and I felt it was the time to get him in the game.”
There was a lot at stake though. The Eagles were etched in to pick at 6th overall if they lost, and if they won they would have selected at 9th overall.
The Eagles need wide receivers, and with them making Carson Wentz inactive last night, he is likely going to request a trade in the off-season. The Eagles will be moving forward with Jalen Hurts, but should they be moving on with Doug Pederson?
NFL football has always been about integrity and honor. The NFL prides itself on television ratings. If the Eagles would have did this during a 1:00pm game it would not have been such a problem, but they did it with the playoffs on the line for another team and on Sunday Night Football.
I do not want the NFL to step in, but I do wish the Eagles fans would step up and call out their head coach. I know they won’t because they will get a higher pick. I will say this though, if they want a wide receiver, I hope the player they want at the 6th pick is gone before they draft.
This would do them right! I personally feel Doug Pederson is overrated. His record as a head coach is 46-39-1. He is not some big time winning head coach. Yes, his team won the Super Bowl, but keeping Doug would send the message to the locker room that you do not care about winning. He wanted those players to put their bodies on the line to try to lose. That is almost as bad as Pete Rose betting on himself. At least Pete was trying to win, and not tank.
Sorry, this is a bad look for the NFL.