Lurie: Mortgaging the Future Can Make Sense

Jeffrey Lurie. Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY

Jeffrey Lurie. Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY

PHOENIX, Ariz. — The question posed to Jeffrey Lurie concerned the power structure that he settled on earlier this offseason.

Was there risk in choosing a model where the head coach has complete control?

“The only model to me that correlates to having big success in the NFL is having a Hall of Fame, franchise quarterback,” Lurie said. “Then you can put any system around that player, and you can rationalize that structure.”

His comment was completely fair. Great quarterbacks oftentimes make mediocre coaches and general managers look extraordinary. And Lurie has been consistent in his belief that the Eagles need a franchise quarterback to finally bring home a Lombardi Trophy.

The question is: Who is that quarterback going to be? Read more »

Lurie: ‘Chip Had A Vision’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

PHOENIX, Ariz. – The last time Jeffrey Lurie addressed the media, he was very clear about his intentions to bring back Howie Roseman as general manager.

“Is that a question? Yes,” he said when asked if Roseman would remain GM.

He made a sharp turn in the opposite direction just days later, bumping Roseman out of the personnel business while handing Chip Kelly the keys to the Cadillac. What happened?

“I changed my mind,” Lurie said with a laugh to open up his 40-minute session with reporters at the owners meetings Tuesday.

Or, more accurately, Kelly changed his mind. The head coach suggested it was Lurie’s call to alter the power structure. While that’s technically true — Lurie would of course have to approve such a move — this was not Lurie’s idea. It was Kelly’s. Read more »

Lurie On McCoy: Chip Wanted a One-Cut Runner

Jeffrey Lurie. Joe Camporeale / USA TODAY

Jeffrey Lurie. Joe Camporeale / USA TODAY

PHOENIX, Ariz. — When Chip Kelly explained the LeSean McCoy trade a couple weeks ago, he made it sound like the decision was primarily a financial one. The Eagles wanted to free up some cap space and rid themselves of McCoy’s contract.

But that theory met some resistance when the team later threw $23 million guaranteed at DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews.

Owner Jeffrey Lurie addressed the media Tuesday afternoon and provided some clarity.

“We’ve been talking about the asset value of LeSean for a long time because he wasn’t the style of runner that Chip prefers, but a great player,” Lurie said. Read more »

Gone At 2? Whisenhunt Talks Mariota

Mariota and Winston. Courtesy of USA Today

Mariota and Winston. Courtesy of USA Today

Phoenix, Ariz. — Ken Whisenhunt spent the better part of his morning answering questions about Marcus Mariota. Seated at a roundtable alongside reporters during the AFC coaches breakfast, the Titans head coach was peppered from all angles about his plans at quarterback, and whether they involve Chip Kelly’s former signal-caller.

We’re in the middle of misdirection season, so any comments from a coach or general manager regarding potential draft plans certainly can’t be taken as gospel. That said, Whisenhunt came off as genuinely impressed by what he’s seen out of Mariota to this point in the evaluation process.

“Very high,” he said when asked about the quarterback’s football IQ. “He has very good spatial memory. You say, what is spatial memory? He remembers plays, he remembers fronts, he remembers things in the short term and the long term. We were talking about an unbalanced set that USC ran against them three years ago. And he said, ‘Oh yeah, that was in this game at this time.’ Those are the kind of things that to me are important to that position. You have to have a memory that can see everything and remember it, because when it happens in a game you have to come over and communicate that on the sideline and then you have to have a plan for how you are going to adjust to it. That’s what the really successful ones do. He exhibits that type of quality.” Read more »

‘Stunned’ Rex: McCoy Trade Took 30 Minutes

Rex Ryan. Brian Spurlock / USA Today

Rex Ryan. Brian Spurlock / USA Today

PHOENIX, Ariz. — On March 3, Buffalo Bills coaches, personnel people and owners were sitting in a room together going over their plans for the upcoming free agency period.

That’s when GM Doug Whaley’s phone rang.

“We’re sitting around making our plans for free agency, what our team looks like, what we want it to look like, and all of a sudden we get this call from Philadelphia,” said Bills coach Rex Ryan. “And I think that was when the trade started. Probably 30 minutes later, the trade was done.

“We never saw it [coming]. It was an opportunity, that’s it.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: How Teams Defend Chip

Chip Kelly (right). Mark J. Rebilas / USA TODAY

Chip Kelly (right). Mark J. Rebilas / USA TODAY

Phoenix, Ariz. — Today’s question comes from Josh, via Twitter:

We now have 33 games worth of material to answer the question: How do defenses defend Chip Kelly’s attack? Read more »

Notes: On Murray, Mariota And Chip

DeMarco Murray

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Greetings from the owners meetings. Some notes to pass along while Sheil gets in a few laps at the Biltmore hotel pool:

* Jerry Jones found himself alone in the center of a Philly media scrum as he tried to navigate his way to a meeting Monday. Safe to say he won’t rank that interaction along with his career highlights. Read more »

Eagles Draft Buzz: Mock Roundup

Rob Kinnan / USA TODAY Sports

Rob Kinnan / USA TODAY Sports

The draft is just a little over a month way. The Eagles and the 31 other NFL teams have entered full scouting mode, trying to figure out all they can about the prospects who will be available on April 30.

Click here to view our updated 2015 pre-draft visit tracker and see who will visit/has visited the NovaCare Complex.

Here is the latest Eagles draft buzz. Read more »

Eagles Notes: Kelly ‘a Fan’ Of Tim Tebow

Chip Kelly. Mark J. Rebilas / USA Today

Chip Kelly. Mark J. Rebilas / USA Today

Phoeniz, Ariz. — Chip Kelly got to the owners meetings in Arizona early this weekend to check out the NFL’s veteran combine.

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NFC East Roundup: Reaction To Hardy Signing

Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports

Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports

Here is our weekly look at what’s happening around the rest of the division.

Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News offers his thoughts on the Cowboys’ decision to add Greg Hardy:

So the next time I hear Jason Garrett talk about bringing “the right kind of guy” into the Cowboys locker room, I’m going to turn my tape recorder off. Then I’m going to politely excuse myself.

After a brief spell of trying to win the right way with high-character players — think Sean Lee, Brandon Carr and Travis Frederick — the Cowboys are now just trying to win. The arrivals of Hardy and Rolando McClain plus the return of Josh Brent are proof of that. That’s a trio I wouldn’t invite over to my house for dinner any time soon.

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