Morning Notes: Eagles’ QB Hunt, Lurie On Snider

Jeffrey Lurie. (USA Today Sports)

Jeffrey Lurie. (USA Today Sports)

With the draft now 17 days away, rumors about the Eagles trading up to pick a quarterback are only gaining steam.

In Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback column today, he polled “10 team officials with power over their teams’ draft board and draft process.” The Eagles received the second-most votes as the team most likely to trade up into the top five, with the Rams receiving just one more vote. Those polled also overwhelming projected Laremy Tunsil as the No. 1 pick, and Carson Wentz as the first quarterback taken. Read more »

What They’re Saying About the Eagles

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This year’s owners meetings provided the Philadelphia media with the first opportunity to question Chip Kelly since his firing in December of last year, and also opened up Doug Pederson to an hour of questions.

Here is the latest on what we learned at the coaches breakfasts, as well as the owners meetings as a whole. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Leftovers From the Owners Meetings

Jeffrey Lurie and Chip Kelly at the press conference announcing Kelly's hiring. (Jeff Fusco)

Jeffrey Lurie and Chip Kelly at the press conference announcing Kelly’s hiring. (Jeff Fusco)

A few takeaways from three days at the owners meetings:

— Strolling down one of the grand hallways at the opulent Boca Raton Resort & Club following Tuesday’s media session with Jeffrey Lurie, we ran into Chip Kelly and said a quick hello. Parted ways, walked a few more paces and bumped into Howie Roseman. A couple more, and there was Don Smolenski. One after the other after the other. The whole gang, back together again.

Not really. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Lurie On Changing Times

Jeffrey Lurie. (USA Today Sports)

Jeffrey Lurie. (USA Today Sports)

BOCA RATON, FL — Jeffrey Lurie was surely aware of the criticism, and even if he somehow eluded it, reporters directly asked him about it yesterday at the NFL’s annual meeting.

If your plan all along was to give Howie Roseman back the power he once had, why not be transparent about it from the start, say the new personnel executive wouldn’t be hired until after the draft and re-assign Roseman the General Manager title?

“In today’s NFL, I don’t know what the words ‘general’ and ‘manager’ mean,” Lurie responded. “So we’re trying to be a little more specific and say ‘football operations,’ because when you’re managing football operations, it’s no longer about watching tape, figuring out who to draft and that kind of stuff. It’s extraordinary collaborative. It’s information intensive.” Read more »

Lurie On QBs And Accountability

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BOCA RATON, FL — The intent all along, Jeffrey Lurie said, was to have Howie Roseman calling the shots this offseason. And though they were open to hiring a personnel head earlier in the offseason, the “plan was always sometime in May to make that final decision.”

Reasons for lack of transparency on these subjects earlier in the offseason can be debated, but nevertheless, the truth that had been apparent for some time was finally verbalized by the owner: Roseman is in charge.

“Yes, without question,” responded Lurie, when asked if Roseman will be held accountable for the moves made this offseason. “And he’ll be accountable for how well the player personnel department does in the future because that’s an important hire going forward. It’s not just one person, it’s a department, but he’ll be responsible for the quality of that department.”

One thing that has been harder to pin down is how Lurie has held himself accountable for his handling of the organization over the last several months and years. Read more »

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