In a disappointing Super Bowl LVII performance for the Philadelphia Eagles, running back Miles Sanders found himself underutilized and frustrated with his lack of carries.
Sanders, who carried the ball just seven times for 16 yards in the game, expressed his dissatisfaction with the team’s game plan and voiced his displeasure with how he was used in his first Super Bowl appearance, months after signing as a free agent with the Carolina Panthers.
“Last game of the season? For all of the marbles? Everybody can answer that question,” Sanders told Steve Reed of the Associated Press. “If they put themselves in my shoes, would they be happy? I don’t want to make headlines, [but] if it does, I don’t care.”
Sanders‘ comments hinted at deeper frustrations and left fans wondering about the circumstances surrounding his reduced workload, in the biggest game of his career, so far.
“Maybe you should ask them why I’m moving here,” Sanders cryptically stated, alluding to his upcoming free agency and subsequent signing with the Panthers.
Philadelphia’s game plan heavily relied on the passing game, as quarterback Jalen Hurts attempted a staggering 49 passes in the Super Bowl.
With Philadelphia falling behind in the second half, the need for quick scores likely influenced the coaching staff’s decision to emphasize the passing attack. Unfortunately, this meant fewer opportunities for Sanders to make an impact on the ground.
As he joins the Carolina Panthers as a free agent, it is evident that there were unresolved issues between Sanders and the Philadelphia organization.
Whether it was a lack of trust, philosophical differences, or simply a desire for a fresh start, the decision to part ways signifies a new chapter for both player and team.
Now in Carolina, Sanders emerges as a top weapon in No. 1 overall pick quarterback Bryce Young’s arsenal, and he’ll be reunited with his former position coach, Duce Staley.
“This is going to give me more opportunities to help my team win, and that’s all I’m about,” Sanders said. “I’m a team guy and I want to do whatever I can to help our team win. Making it to the Super Bowl is pretty addicting and if I knew the formula I would do it every year.”