Doug Pederson went against winning creed, and his own, by pulling Jalen Hurts

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PHILADELPHIA — Coach Doug Pederson disputed the notion that his Philadelphia Eagles tanked in Sunday night’s Week 17 game against the Washington Football Team.

Even though he pulled quarterback Jalen Hurts early in the fourth quarter in a three-point game for backup Nate Sudfeld, and even though wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and quarterback Carson Wentz were healthy scratches, he insisted he was “coaching to win” and his decision-making was not influenced by 2021 NFL draft positioning. The 20-14 loss to Washington secured the No. 6 overall pick in April’s draft, while a win would have pushed the Eagles to No. 9 overall.

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“Pretty simple. I wanted to get — the plan this week was to get Nate some time,” Pederson said. “I felt like it was the time to get him in the game.”

However couched, the clear perception is that Philadelphia did not put its best foot forward in a game that decided which team would win the NFC East. And

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