Lurie: ‘Just the Tip Of the Iceberg’

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Jeffrey Lurie
addressed the media in the wake of the team’s 26-24 playoff loss to the Saints. Though disappointed by the outcome Saturday night, the Eagles owner is clearly very encouraged about the state of the program after one year under Chip Kelly.

“My expectations were more about making sure we had a terriffic coaching staff that could transform a roster and a group of young players into something special,” he said. “It was not about wins and losses. I was incredibly impressed by how quickly Chip and his staff were able to get this group together and perform extremely well. There is just so many good, young players around this locker room that will be incredibly dedicated when they come back next spring. We know that.

“There were a lot of high points. I would say, to see this team come together was a high point. When you make a coaching change, you have to transform to a new culture. These players and the coaching staff just formed an incredible bond, ability to prepare and ability to win,” said Lurie. “That can take years and they did it in six months. That is what is so great here. We are all crushed to be eliminated. We are in this because we love it so much, but I have no doubt that we will be back and that we are more confident than ever, now that we know what we can accomplish.”


Lurie has been a big advocate for Nick Foles, and is surely an even bigger one now after the second-year quarterback finished the season with an amazing 29 touchdowns to two interceptions. Has the team found their franchise quarterback?

"I don't want to comment on any player, but how can you not be impressed with Nick, with everything he accomplished, including tonight? He had no turnovers and led us back from 20-7," said Lurie. "He is incredibly impressive."

Lurie referenced the quality young players on this roster on multiple occassions, and praised general manager Howie Roseman for the job he has done over the last two drafts.

"It's been the unwritten story of the season. When we streamlined the draft process, allowed Howie to bring in great people and the last two draft classes speak for themselves. We are poised for a really good draft this year. At the same time, the atmosphere is great and I think it will attract terriffic players around the league. If you are a young player,wouldn't you want to play for Chip?"

Lurie believes he has the right coach, a promising young quarterback and plenty of good players blooming around them. That had him sounding very optimistic, even in the moments immediately following a tough-to-swallow postseason loss.

"This is just the tip of the iceberg," said Lurie. "It's a missed opportunity and it's the tip of the iceberg. I think everyone in this room knows it. It's a very young team and at the same time, they already learned what it takes. Now they just have to execute a little bit better, have a better start to the season, and I think they clearly feel as though they have what it takes."

 

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  • BigWhoopWannaFightAboutIt

    To me the Eagles are the most impressive team of the year. All new coaching staff. All new offense and a completely different defensive scheme. The team switched to the backup mid way through the season, if my memory serves me their record was 3-5. The backup takes over and goes 7-1, culminating with a regular season finale where he clinches the NFCE and propels the team to the playoffs.

    I know that isn’t all that much different from the Chiefs season, but they didn’t switch to a backup (backup no more, but still) QB halfway through the season. They also didn’t hire a rookie HC, they hired one of the most experienced coaches in the game.

    Hats off to our Birds. Hell of a season, there is no way a person could be disappointed with the Eagles this year.

    • GEAGLE

      So much more impressed then what the Cheifs did…I expect 8 probowlers and an experienced veteran QB to make the playoffs

    • BrickSquadMonopoly

      How can you not be disappointed after last night losing a VERY winnable game we had every opportunity and we gave them that game. Bad kicking, bad special teams, bad offense.

      • jesse

        i agree it was a very winnable game. feel like we out played them with the exception of special teams . that said not in the slightest disappointed in where this team is , a couple of FA signings another good draft and this team is primed for a long reign at the top of the NFC

  • Mike B

    Thank you Mr. Lurie for giving us an entertaining football team this year. It was a fun year to watch. I can’t wait for next year.

  • Will

    Thank you Mr. Lurie, Howie, Chip and Billy D it was a pleasure to watch the Eagles grow this year. Looking forward to Next year this team will only get better…

  • GEAGLE

    Thank you Mr. Lurie….your faith in Howie proved so damn Valuable…Your ability to attract Chip, and be open enough to let Chip make all the crazy outside the box changes….You took a risk and rolled the dice….Instead of Crapping out with Spurrier, you rolled the NEXT Jimmy Johnson….my sincerest Gratitude to Mr Lurie…..now write THE DAMN CHECK and Bring me the BYRD MAN!!!

    Do IT!! Do IT!! Barry Finkle says DO IT!!!

    • Will

      The Draft, FA and next September can’t come fast enough…2013 was a hell’va ride…I dunno if the Eagles player’s realize how appreciative we fans are that they played there hearts out as a team to a man!

      • GEAGLE

        Your telling me lol….I’m ready for free agency to start tomorrow

        • theycallmerob

          when is it? march?
          and isn’t there a window when we can sign our own guys? (ccop, mac, etc)
          also, can we extend players anytime now that season is done? I’m thinking Kelce and thornton for starters, and having to restructure some guys.

          • GEAGLE

            Yeah march…not sure when we can sign our guys! but jay Cutler got an extension last week,and Kelce and Thornton would be a damn good start

          • Maggie

            I would think that with the smart minds in the front office, there are probably tentative contracts, extensions, etc. just waiting for the last game. The biggest hurdle will probably be players’ agents, but hopefully, most of them are reasonably intelligent also.

    • jesse

  • EaglefaninAZ

    What a season! Whoda thank it, ya know?

  • GEAGLE

    This might have been my favorite eagles team of all time..not the best eagles team we had, but it was a team you really could get behind…they made philly proud…

    Tough to end such an incredible year……..but this loss won’t be In vain. No doubt we improve from it

  • Will

    Thank you to each and every Eagle player for playing there hearts out this year. It was self evident how hard you trained, practiced and played on Game Day…Congrats for all you did accomplish under Chip’s 1st year!

  • SVPhilly

    What a great year after the last few years. Proud of the Eagles. Can’t wait till the draft :-)

  • GEAGLE

    Need to get younger at:
    WR
    OLB
    OG
    CB…CB take time to groom…take a 4th round CB and groom him to take over in two years
    ..
    Could use veterans at:
    Dline
    Safety to mentor Wolff

    • George

      BYRD??? If we had him and wolf we’d literally be animals in the secondary lol

      • GEAGLE

        Yes Sir…all you need is Byrd to take this entire secondary to the next level…and once the pass rush improves…THATS a TOP DEFENSE!
        ..
        “The snake, the cat, the rat. The dog…how you gonna move the ball on us when you living in the Fog”-illustrious scholarly poet known as DMX..

        • George

          I’m thinking byrd in FA, trade up for Barr or Khalil Mack in the draft, and then groom a big, fast, rangy corner ala sherman. Then we have a SHUTDOWN DEFENSE paired with a damn good offense.

          • GEAGLE

            You have my vote…I’m not opposed to trading up to get a beast at a position like OLB that improves your entire defense, as long as we save a draft pick for a WR…we don’t have that many holes, we could afford to give up picks if it’s for the right player
            ..
            If we could move up for an OLB like them, by giving up this years 3rd, next years 2nd and This years extra 5th….I’d do it in a heartbeat

          • George

            I really think Cary williams has been one of the most underrated signings of the offseason. He has not only played well (except for that horsecollar, which is somewhat forgiveable) but brought some of that old Ravens d mean streak. And I can’t describe how much that has helped this team. As opposed to last year, we aren’t going to be pushed around by anybody now, or for the forseeable future.

          • GEAGLE

            Hello Preacher,,meet the Choir, GEAGLE, pleased to meet you! Cary is my favorite Eagle and I wanted him signed since last November…If you ask Chip Kelly about replacing Cary! he would look at you like you are crazy

          • George

            He’s been great. And the fact that some of my friends are ravens fans makes it even sweeter.

          • GEAGLE

            Cary has so much to do with bringing the Fight And BITE back to the Philadelphia defense…

            Cary is just a DOG!! Players like him are welcome on our defense anytime,,,
            ..
            Cary embodies what eagles defense should be!

          • George

            Agreed.

          • GEAGLE

            Speaking of that ravens team! had we signed Bernard pollard instead of Chung! he woud have been the same liability Chung is in coverage, BUT Bernard would have came up to Knock the PISS out of the those RBs in the Cold last night!!

          • George

            I literally Just Groaned lol. Pollard would’ve been PHENOMENAL (jim rome voice) for this d. we needed an enforcer to make reciever afraid of routes his way and running to his side

          • GEAGLE

            I mean, if Chung is just gonna suck in coverage anyway, might as well have Pollard come kNock the crap out of dudes…problem is, Pollard wasn’t released til the day after we had already signed Chung, so I understand why he isn’t here….but we could have used him last night!

          • George

            Agreed.

          • cliff henny

            think you and george were seperated at birth.

          • theycallmerob

            hahaha, was just wondering the same! it’s cute ;)

          • cliff henny

            or, johnny g logged in under 2nd identity and is having convo with himself

    • cliff henny

      draft:
      1. k benjamin wr
      2. landry wr
      3. jeffcoat or attouchu olb
      4. moses t
      5. hakeem smith s
      5.jean baptiste cb
      7. lyoria TE
      free agents
      1. maclin
      2. ward – just cheaper
      3 bj raji
      now, let’s fast forward to september and get playing again!

      • theycallmerob

        thanks for the Moses shoutout! I want ILB Barrow somewhere in there.
        Think only 1 of those WRs, can be found later.

        1- Joyner or Nix
        2- Landry
        3- OLB or ILB or Moses
        4- see #3
        5- SJB
        the rest I’ll defer to you, don’t know many late rd guys. Maybe Campanaro with the other 5th

        • cliff henny

          that dude is massive and can really move. can you imagine LJ going unbalanced between JP and mathis and having moses pull?

          • theycallmerob

            forget the split zone play; we’re splitting the sea.
            sea-coast offense? ha!
            argh, it’s all too much. I need him. It’s borderline creepy at this point.

          • cliff henny

            i know the feeling…landry is my guy.

          • theycallmerob

            he’s pry my 2nd.

            man, I might have to come to SC for the draft. I don’t know if I could go through this alone if both become Eagles.

          • GEAGLE

            Kelvin Benjamin is mine…a defensive End sized WR who bailed out Jamis Winston with huge catches all year inspite of still being raw….SOLD! Where do I sign up?

          • cliff henny

            come on down. byob…bring your own bourbon.

          • theycallmerob

            always keep a stash in my trunk. Road bourbon.

            No lie, once broke up with a girl I was seeing in DC (kindof a pain to commute). On the way back from her place, an accident like 8 cars in front of me literally shut down 295. just put the car in park for about 2.5 hrs. the road bourbon saved me.

          • GEAGLE

            I had a similar experience being stuck on huge Platt bridge for hours last month…just replace Bourbon with Grass.
            ..
            My best friend is an alcohol sales rep, so he always has like 6 bottles of new liqurs that 6 months away from being on shells….so there is NO BETTER wingman to go to a BYOB after hours club with….he always busting out some crazy flavored fruit loop vodka or something that hasn’t been released yet…he is literally a chick magnet for girls that don’t want to go home after the bar closes at 2…his trunk stocked with liquor is one of the most valuable pimping weapons I have ever seen

          • Warhound

            That takes me back…. In the late 80s my buddy and I were stuck in on the NY State Northway. Massive accident, no movement for hours. Ended up having a great roadside party with other travelers.

          • nicksaenz1

            “It’s all about the K. Benjamin, baby.” Been my draft want for a while. Dude’s a stud.

        • GEAGLE

          As contenders would u really be ok with starting rookie Joyner and sophomore Wolff?

          If we are going with a high draft pick like Wolff, then I want a stop gap veteran like Bernard Pollard…it damn sure can’t be ChunG!!

          On a positive Note…lColeman is cleaning out his locker tomorrow :)

          • theycallmerob

            By drafting Joyner, I’m not discounting the option of signing Byrd or Ward.
            Allen can become our new Coleman/Anderson, or just get rid of. Some team may pay him. chung is gone. Wolff can start, Joyner rotate in like he did. Or have all 3 play, since CB depth is so bad

            Keep in mind, Joyner is CB/S. in fact, for draft, switching solely to CB to help value. Can play nickel too if Boykin goes outside, or allow us to play 4-2-5 or 3-3-5. But he’s basically a honey badger. I want him sooooo bad

          • GEAGLE

            SOLD!!!! Lol I like…I like…

          • nicksaenz1

            I didn’t need the closing pitch to sell me, but, that worked.

          • GEAGLE

            I like it because I think Billy would like to have a 3 safety set in his tool box like the saints have

        • cliff henny

          camp is 7th, huff would be there w/ 2nd 5th. do love me some joyner.

          • theycallmerob

            camp in 7th,Lyoria as UDFA?

          • cliff henny

            if he makes it to udfa status, philly would be natural landing spot, if kelly wanted him.

          • GEAGLE

            Get me Colt Ly and I’ll drive him to rehab myself

        • cliff henny

          here ya go rob.
          2. joyner in trade down get extra 4th
          2. landry
          3. jeefcoat or atta
          4. moses
          4. barrow
          5. huff
          5. sjb
          7 . lyoria
          i’m, crapping tyffany cufflinks.

          • theycallmerob

            my pants just got a little tighter in the frontal region

      • GEAGLE

        I like, I like….

      • Richard Colton

        We starting this today? OK. Love the attouchu in round three pick, and yeah, we’ve been talking about Moses if the “dancing bear” is there in round four for a few weeks now.

        • cliff henny

          we’re starting!

          • GEAGLE

            Lol who are you guys kidding? We started this months ago…let’s stop pretending we aren’t all addicts lol

          • Richard Colton

            Here’s a wish list I put together a few days ago:
            1st Cyrus Kouandjio, OT
            2nd Shayne Skov, ILB
            3rd Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB
            4th Chris Davis, CB

          • GEAGLE

            Question…what does losing last night mean for our draft position?

          • Richard Colton

            Means all the jokes about us drafting 32nd are now douchey

          • GEAGLE

            Thanks guys…easier then responding to everyone individually..
            ,,,
            In THIS draft, I think picking 22 instead of 27 is a BIG DEAL..silver lining

          • Richard Colton

            Yeah. Means I’ll be sober when they make their pick. (who am I kidding?)

          • cliff henny

            depends on who wins today. chiefs are 23rd, anywhere from 20-22

          • nicksaenz1

            If Packers and Chargers lose we’ll be 23rd, I think.

            EDIT: Means, we should root for them to get the 21st.

          • theycallmerob

            close…between 21 and 24 were our choices. KC obv. higher than us. SD and GB were the only 2 that could push us back.

          • nicksaenz1

            I caught that and changed it as you were finishing your reply. Rough morning. Really rough morning.

          • cliff henny

            yup, was 1 too high. i cant bring myself to pull for sd. that 1st road team thing has to stop

          • theycallmerob

            ?? what thing

          • cliff henny

            super bowl winning streak for the first road team to play in philly. .

          • theycallmerob

            ah yes. if only we could play ourselves.

          • theycallmerob

            cheer for SD and GB. Best we can be is 21 if they both win, worst is 23.

      • Tom w

        Like it but attouchi and jeffcoat I saw mocked already in late first to birds or early second. Think a first round wr is a lock seeing all the talent and first round graded … Love Benjamin but he may sky rocket after the combine …. Need to see how quick Murphy is at the combine … Love him but he may fit better at d end … Basically what I want Kruger to do. Pass rusher is a fickle position to draft as well as safety and corner … Makes me lean to moving up to grab Barr/Mack if one falls to the titans pick before giants … Doubt buffalo lets Mack get past them.

        • cliff henny

          i use cbssports.com draft position. try to be realistic, not mock landry in 5th. what i really like about eagles draft is you could give me one guy and a given round, and i could create a nice draft. eagles needs and strength of this draft fall inline.

        • GEAGLE

          Yes, If Mack or Barr fall to Titans, Id pull the trigger, OLB pass rush is just too important…a stud OLB and stud safety would transcend us to top 10 level

    • Byter

      I wouldn’t be shocked if Birds to an OL in the 1st round. Maybe a tackle that they think would be an excellent guard.

      • GEAGLE

        Only Olinemen I want That early is OT/OG Cyril Rihardson from Baylor..I view him as a baby Iupati

        • theycallmerob

          Yankey from STAN is nice too.

          I don’t see us going OL in 1st though, I get BPA and all but simply too many other needs. pry the highest rated 3 or 4 guys will be gone by the time we draft as well.
          Hopefully, 4 QBs and 4 OTs go before us. That’s a 3rd of the teams drafting in front of us. Leaves a LOT of talent on the board

          • GEAGLE

            Totally agree…if we draft Cyril because he fell to us in round two I can be happy….
            ..
            But there is no reason why we need to be drafting Oline in round 1 this year…this was a new offense, and JP,Herremans and Kelce will all be better next year another year removed from injury….Lane will be awesome…until I know what Bamiro and Dennis are. I don’t need OTs…Especially I with Barbre..I think it’s wiser to just get a backup OG in the mid rounds

          • theycallmerob

            Also a position we can generally find gem FAs, since scheme is unique-ish. Guys like Mathis who may struggle elsewhere

          • GEAGLE

            Soooo true…pluck another Mathis or Barbre out of FA and we don’t have to draft anyone for the line this year

  • Andy

    This is a very young team and I’m looking forward to continued improvement over the next few years. They exceeded my expectations by a mile by winning the division and I think they will only get better as Chip has more time to shape the roster and as the players grow in this system. Just a year ago things looked so desperate and this team has made a complete 180 from those dark days.

  • Adam

    One thing I really like about Lurie is he doesn’t interject himself into player personnel stuff. He hires a coaching staff and front office to let them do their job. The coaches and FO are left to make tier decisions and are held accountable by them, which is what it should be.

    Mr. Snyder, take notes.

    • George

      Don’t forget Jerrah.

      • GEAGLE

        jerry is a God damn SAINT!!! You leave Jerrah alone and let that man keep doing what he is doing on his quest for his long lost “glory hole”…how dare you talk crap about jerry, when he is playing for the Eagles lol

        • George

          True lol. FUN FACT: Since switzer left, the ‘girls are 136-136 EXACTLY .500 LMAO

        • theycallmerob

          he’s our 13th man

        • nicksaenz1

          Clone Jerry or find a way to keep him alive, at least for the next 50 years. He might be the Eagles’ FO MVP.

          • cliff henny

            his son seems sufficiantly stupid

          • nicksaenz1

            Must run in the family.

      • crazy eyes

        Just wait until all of the players drafted by Bill Parcel retire. It will be ugly.

    • GEAGLE

      Hoping Snyder Baby’s RGme hires baylors coach as the HC, and makes RGme’s dad the offensive coordinator

    • theycallmerob

      HELL NO!!!
      Keep doing what you’re doing, chainsaw dan. it’ll work one of these days.

    • DirtyWaters

      He had me at “just the tip”.

  • Shark

    this might be the most positive loss in eagles playoff history lol, I’m glad that the majority of comments on this site are positive and realize that the future is bright.

    • theycallmerob

      luckily, these threads for the most part are filled with rational, pragmatic, and analytical folks.
      good journalism tends to bring out good commenters. Big kudos to Tim and Sheil for that. This site helped make this season great, at least for me

      • GEAGLE

        I’d be afraid to take a peek at philly.com comment section

        • George

          It’s Bad. I used to read Philly.com before i found this site, and i didn’t even comment the people were such idiots.

          • GEAGLE

            Same….it was always too ridiculous to comment on

        • Byter

          I always tell myself I won’t look but somehow finding myself looking and being disappointed I did. Sort of like looking at a car wreck.

          • theycallmerob

            Kempski’s articles kill me. and the comments there are a mix of rational good ones, guys calling him a hack, and general stupidity. can’t help but gaze sometimes

        • Bird of Prey

          I was just on there, just terrible editorial line, and the amount of knuckle heads there is funny just to read. I’ve been hear since we had five replies max. I love how Sheil and Tim kick the Trolls off.

    • Byter

      I think people felt pretty good after the Birds lost to the Rams in 2002. But that’s it.

    • Weapon Y

      If this happens again next year or the year after, things could turn ugly quickly. The first year was nice, but it’s time to see them gear up for a Super Bowl run.

  • theycallmerob

    If you are a young player,wouldn’t you want to play for Chip?”

    yup! can’t wait for the future.
    compared to our divisional peers, what a great, great position to be in. And what a terrific owner

    • Byter

      Or an older player. I can’t remember where I read it but Barwin said the older players questioned (at first) if Chip’s sports science would wear them out. That its not college where you can replace players. NFL players want to play for 10 years, not 2. I think the league now knows Chip’s methods may extend their career.

      • theycallmerob

        yup. Not to mention, guys at that point want to play for winners. Byrd and Ward will never see playoffs on their current teams.

        I think it was Joe Haden who was borderline crying at a presser this year, couldn’t stand being in CLE and just losing all the time.

    • nicksaenz1

      “compared to our divisional peers, what a great, great position to be in”

      I pretty much said the same thing to two of my buddies, one a Redskins fan, the other a Cowboys fan. They don’t like acknowledging it, but, they know it. Sucks to be fans of those franchises right now.

      • theycallmerob

        I love being this close to DC, I can literally feel their hopes crash and burn a few weeks into every season. And Ravens fans unite in their hatred too. Jerrah may be dumb, but Chainsaw Dan is simply an awful human being.

        Did you see the thing about cutting down National Park trees to see the river from his house, then when a ranger gave him grief he almost got the guy fired and made his whole life hell? When that happened, my buddy went camping there and planted a big ol’ sign the next morning that said “EAT CHODE SNYDER” (made an educated guess as to his sight line). I do respect fans like that; there are plenty that can’t stand him

        • GEAGLE

          Are you kidding me? I didn’t know that…what an egomaniacle piece of crap

          • theycallmerob
          • GEAGLE

            That’s just disgusting,,,

            Like I understand using your money to enjoy life..UFC president Dana white imported fake snow to cover his entire yard and property so his kids could have a white Xmas living in Vegas…..but screwing with a Forrest for your “view”…people like that shouldn’t even be allowed to have money

          • theycallmerob

            forget money, they shouldn’t be breathing.
            you do NOT f*ck with my national parks.

          • nicksaenz1

            Chung better be on that cliff, too. I want the honors of doing the pushing, though.

          • theycallmerob

            Just throw a football right to the edge. Chung will misplay it and go over the edge himself. And Roc won’t be able to stop in time, his momentum kicking the ball over and sending him down as well

          • Byter

            Actually tell Chung NOT to go over the cliff, that way he will.

          • nicksaenz1

            He’d probably just jump at Roc Carmichael when he went over since he prefers tackling Eagles’ players instead of players in the other uniform.

          • nicksaenz1

            The first article is gold. The vanilla ice cream schtick is great. It’s easy to laugh at since he’s not my boss. The second article….wow. What a prick.

          • Maggie

            It seems to be just another example of how little the US government, or it’s employees, actually care about American citizens.

        • Philip Soloninka

          where you at? im in arlington and love seeing skins fans disappointed while we are set up to succeed for years to come

          • theycallmerob

            in Bmore. only a few LOLskins fans around here, but it never gets old

        • Tom w

          Chainsaw dan! I literally spit out my beer that was too funny

        • Maggie

          I have to say, the last time some billionaire chopped down some trees for a view here, they had to pay a goodly fine AND pay for reseeding. Those trees unfortunately will take 30 years to get back up to height, but it is the principle that counts.

      • Richard Colton

        “compared to our divisional peers” – here you go

        • nicksaenz1

          That’s priceless.

        • Maggie

          Is Saint Nick actually a solar collector powering up some batteries? Or am I seeing things in this drawing?

          • Richard Colton

            not sure. is he providing a “spark” to the franchise?

  • theycallmerob

    Sheil/Tim/other users:

    For some reason, this is the 2nd “Zone Read” in a row I can’t read or write comments on. Tried to view as one page, or 1 at a time.
    Anyone else have this issue?

  • GEAGLE

    What I would give to get Domata Pecko from the bengals…
    ..l
    One things is clear, this team lacks a big nasty Samoan, and this defense needs a big freak athlete with Dread locks flowing out of his helmet

    • BlindChow

      We traded our Samoan to the Patriots.

      • theycallmerob

        If I were a scout, I’d try to get Howie to send me off to Samoa or Guam or New Zealand. Have a great vacation, and grab some big rugby guys to bring back.

        • Richard Colton

          pretty sure there’s a guy on the South Island who can hit from 48. Pack your bags.

          • theycallmerob

            I’d give my left foot if we could draft a hybrid OLB/K.

          • Richard Colton

            Wait till you see what they have Boykin doing in training camp. Spoiler – you’re not going to like it.

          • nicksaenz1

            He’s replacing Herremans, isn’t he?

    • Byter

      Ha! I agree. It will be interesting to see what type of players the team brings in now with Chip’s input.

  • George

    OFFSEASON WISHLIST:
    1. NEW KICKER (no explanation needed)
    2. JARIUS BYRD (this also implies Patrick Chung getting cut, he is bad)
    3. James casey getting his contract restructured. (his production, even in the run game, does not warrant the $4mil or something like that he is making)
    4.Resigning COOP (that drop was bad, but it was only his 2nd all season, he should come back on a deal similar to the one casey got last offseason)
    5. If nobody offers maclin a long-term contract, give im a prove it deal (i’m not opposed to franchising him, but I think he won’t command that much on the market. I think it would also benefit Maclin, as chip’s offense inflates your numbers slightly.)
    6. A solid draft. (That would make three good ones in a row.) Theese needs should be filled ( in no praticular order) A big, athletic wr Ala Mike Evans or Coleman from Rutgers (even with concerns about his speed) A safety if we don’t get one in FA, a big, long, rangy corner to groom or a day 1 starter if we go corner in round 1 (gilbert from okst in rd1 or if not take a flier on a sherman-type athlete in rds 4-5, and the n som PASS RUSHERS. This is what I think our first round sholud be dedicated to. I would not mind seeing us trade up to grabe Anthony barr or Khalil mack if they fall far enough and grab them ala cox. Or maybe, if he falls, pairing clowney with cox and logan (although that is probaly wishful thinking. If this could happen, I would be THRILLED and pumped as ever for eagles football. Most of the upgrades are on d, but if we can add another wideout (or maclin) we will be SCARY.

    • GEAGLE

      I actually don’t want Clowney…..can’t be drafting Speed Deamon idiots in a city that tragically lost Jerome Brown….maybe I would draft Clowney, but I can’t be trading away picks for him

      • George

        It’d depend on what we gave up. A 1 and a 2 no, a 1 and 3 maybe , and I would do a 1, 4,5 for the 1 to get clowney, barr, or mack

        • GEAGLE

          If we are moving up to get someone I would hope to trade:
          This years 3rd and the 5th we got from the patriots, and next years 2nd…I’d pay THAT for Barr Or Mack, but no one else

          • George

            DEAL.

  • Weapon Y

    Khalil Mack or Trent Murphy please. I want to get our own Clay Matthews or Aldon Smith.

    • GEAGLE

      Gotta see Murphy’s combine first…but I would NEVER complain about drafting a kid from Stanford who our coach knows so well

      • Rahkem

        yeah im not exactly sure how atheletic murphy is , but hes a good football player remind me of barwin. Id rather us target Vic Beasley , seems alot more realistic than khalil mack. We’d probably need to move up a few spots but not much,

  • morgan c

    In no particular order, we need:
    Safety, CB, OLB, NT (Logan overachieved as NT this year and def has future as a DEnd, but he’s just not cut out to be our franchise NT, not against physical OLines), TWO OLinemen (Herremans has become a liability and will get worse; wouldn’t mind some competition for LJ. He may make the leap in year 2, but if he doesn’t, his leash should be short. He was on the whole, inconsistent and didn’t really progress throughout season which is concerning. His best games of the season were the first two. Again, out #4 pick, not saying anything crazy here, but another Tackle for depth would be good. He must improve greatly in year two.), WR.

  • Tom w

    Not to pour salt in any wounds, but am I correct that the bills can franchise Byrd again like raiders did to Nnamdi? He may hold out then, but bills have nothing to lose. If so, no worries we can go after another duck in Tj ward or chris Clemons .. Both 27 ……

    Really really intrigued about this junior safety from Louisville who just declared. … Read he is big and versatile and may be around in second round … If we go that route which I doubt. But good too have options bc the whole Wolff things worries me … Injured too long … Something doesn’t smell right . May need two safeties.

    • theycallmerob

      According to Davis and Wolff, he was ready to play but they held him out since he didn’t practice.

      I think it’s reading WAY into that injury. The kid has months to get over it. So long as no surgery or structural damage, it’s just precautionary. I doubt he alone would have changed the game yesterday.

      • nicksaenz1

        Not having Chung on the field is game changing. I don’t care how you look at it. Rather would have gotten Wolff some playoff experience since he’ll be here past this season. If Chung is an Eagle next year I may quit watching football.

        • theycallmerob

          3.25, 1mil dead if cut. 3.75 in ’15, no dead.
          I’d imagine they take the 2.25 savings, that alone can sign the latter half of our draft

          And I agree, except Wolff has been a little lost in coverage sometimes. I’d imagine NO would have targeted him. I completely get your point, but no reason to risk further injury

          • nicksaenz1

            Seems like it’d be a no-brainer. Let’s hope Chip feels no loyalty to him from the Oregon Connection.

          • cliff henny

            uh-oh, are moving on from draft to current roster moves? dont think this will be as friendly as draft. some popular guys have little or no dead money and create cap space.

      • GEAGLE

        Kind worry about throwing a rookie, rusty from not playing for so long into a playoff game…I would have been cool with whatever they decided to do with Wolff yesterday, even if the fan in me woulda loved to not see Chung on the field…but Graham was slightly outplayed By Ertz and Celek combined! like I said would happen!…Chung had to do something right yesterday for Graham to have been shut down all year, but yeah Chung Sucks…if he wants to restructure his deal and become the new Kurt Coleman and just be an emergency back up and ST leader, he can stay….if not he gots to go

    • cliff henny

      yes, they can. serious disfunctional management to go thru all that again. he turned down a 5yr 40m offer from them. think he’s made his point, he wants more than they are willing to spend.
      .
      calvin prior. read where he’s more like a 4th rdr.

      • GEAGLE

        U sure? Swear I thought I remember hearing that he couldn’t be tagged again
        ..
        But TJ WARD,Clemons,or Donte Whitner would all work just fine for us
        ..
        Dashon Goldson had no competition on the market last year so he got super paid…this year it’s a really nice crop of FA safeties

        • cliff henny
          • GEAGLE

            Weird that I would be wrong about this considering how obsessed I am with getting him here,..but Thanks…they would have to be dumb to franchise him..he will just sit out, comeback and milk an injury for another two weeks, and then get named probowler from name recognition

          • theycallmerob

            sign and trade him. hell, throw in graham.

          • GEAGLE

            Not opposed to trading BG, but he actually played really well yesterday…I would be open to trading him, but I would also be curious to see what type of OLB they can turn him into with another years worth of time…I mean, both Cole and Graham made some spectacular open field tackles and impressive drops in coverage that I would never have imagined they could pull off.

            I won’t complain about trading Cole or BG….but I would be curious to see what they look like with one more year of super training

          • cliff henny

            problem with trading is taking the dead money hit. graham 3.5m and cole’s 4.8m. unless BG can be turned into 2nd or3rd rd pick, which isnt likely, rather just keep both as depth.

      • nicksaenz1

        Spotrac has Byrd as a UFA.

        EDIT: Just saw the link below.

  • GEAGLE

    Free Agent:
    1) Byrd, Ward, Witner or Clemons to play safety next to wolff(in that order)
    ..
    2) Terrence Cody(if Cary Williams signs off on him)..6’5 350lbs, reguarded as a second round bust…wouldn’t mind taking a flier on a guy like him and hope a change of scenery can resurrect him. Ravens drafted Brandon Williams, Cody is gone…our Dline is also young enough to where I wouldn’t be opposed to adding an old veteran just as extra ammunition for the playoffs…If we could get Jonathon babineaux for 2year at 2.5 I would do it in a heartbeat, even if he isn’t the 340lb space eater that I’m looking for……These are stop gap alternatives in case we want to wait a year to draft a big Boy..

    DRAFT:
    1) Trade up to the 11th pick to draft whoever Falls between Barr and Mack. Trading a 4th, and the extra 5th from the patriots, and a 2nd round pick next year to move up 10 spots to get our Von Miller/Aldon Smith…

    2) Jarvis Landry WR

    3) Moncrief/Coleman Big WR
    ….
    5) the best safety or CB on the board.

    7) Colt Lyeria TE
    ….
    Undrafted CB,WR,G,K

  • ian_no_2

    Last year he said that Roseman’s drafts with Reid shouldn’t count against Roseman, then he praised Roseman for his last draft with Reid. Roseman has a good deal with his boss.

    If they didn’t have the most cap space in the NFL in 2013, they may have forced Brees to play against a real secondary.

  • dislikedisqus

    Most fun I’ve had since the last SB season. Greatly exceeded expectations. Congratulations abd thank you.

  • Rahkem

    Offseason Wishlist:

    Free Agents:

    CB Chris Culliver – Underrated guy in a stacked secondary.6’0 , and a willing tackler. Price shouldnt be too steep.

    WR Devin Hester (super cheap , would basically be taking damaris johnsons role as KR and 5th WR) Much better kick returner than brad smith , could be a factor in the screen game once in awhile, he still isnt a guy you wanna see in space. Damaris Johnson is likely to get cut in my opinion ,

    DE Henry Melton – Our pass rush struggled at times and i think melton whos only 27 is the type of guy we need to get things going. Meltons one of those rare guys able to bring pressure up the middle. I love Cedric , and i think he COULD kick inside and take Logans spot, at 6-4 309 he could hold his own better than logan. Metlon , Cox , and Thorton would be a great interior , whoever we put outside woudl see alot more one on one blocking so if we did draft an OLB he would enjoy much more success earlier in my opinion.

    Draft:

    1st Round – OLB Trent Murphy
    2nd Round – SS Deone Bucannon
    3rd Round – CB Keith Mcgill
    4th Round – WR Allen Robinson
    5th Round – OT Seantrel Henderson
    7th round – K Cario Santos

  • FMWarner

    The loss last night hurts, because every lost opportunity hurts. But I agree with others here that the state of the team and the leadership is very encouraging. They play hard and they don’t quit.

    Looking forward to a good draft, some smart free agent moves, and please God no $10 million injury prone safeties from Buffalo. Woot!

  • jon h

    Have they cut Patrick Chung yet?

  • Rob Fink

    Such a wonderful football season. The offseason can’t come soon enough. Sure, we didn’t capitalize on a prime opportunity to make a run this year, but apparently it just wasn’t in the cards. We have a once in a generation type coach, and a supportive, not Jerry Jones type owner in Mr. Lurie. Really excited to see which direction Howie goes this offseason, and can’t wait for all the national writers to notice what’s happening in Philadelphia. Thanks Sheil and Tim for a great season of 24/7. Something special is truly on the horizon with this football team, and as much as I hate the “d” word, with Chip here, I’m sure I’m not the only one who can picture where his team will stand 4 years from now.

  • Bobin G

    1st things 1st…
    excellent Journalism Birds 24/7 nailed a good bunch of articles all season!
    what and awesome place to read about the team and its progress.
    J Lurie- Thank you for being patient with Howie!
    Howie- Time to rock this draft!
    Chip- this run was ahh-mazing and I hope you are ready for the real challenge(when people figure you out)
    Fans-I could not be upset with this team after this loss… We came back in the 4th Qtr to take the lead!! and we tried everything(0 turnovers, minimized Penalties) except the most important thing… Keep the Ball away from Drew Brees in the Final 2 mins… and that killed out chances of advancing. Am absolutely hopeful and excited for next year!