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Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie made some noise recently when he confirmed, at his annual state-of-the-franchise address, that a leaked rule change proposed (and later rescinded) by the team was put forward with an eye toward reintroducing the classic kelly-green uniforms, last worn full time in 1995.
“I want to see us use kelly green as our alternate and Thursday-night type of uniform. The only thing blocking us is we can’t get the kelly-green helmet yet,” Lurie said on March 28th at the NFL’s owners meeting in Phoenix, making reference to the league’s one-shell rule. “That’s what we’re waiting for.”
Many Birds fans have cheered the idea of the return of the team’s iconic colors of yesteryear — but I’m a bit more skeptical. While I wholeheartedly welcome the idea of bringing back the true Eagles — the colors of Randall Cunningham, Reggie White, and rookie-year Bobby Taylor — what makes the faithful so sure that Lurie would not succumb to a number of tempting mistakes along the road to seeing that back onto the field? Read more »
Doug Pederson. (Jeff Fusco)
CINCINNATI — It’s what Doug Pederson didn’t say that spoke volumes. Even though he admitted the Eagles were undisciplined, acknowledged his team hasn’t handled adversity well and repeated for the second consecutive week that everyone in the locker room needs to look at themselves in the mirror, it was his non-answer to the opening question of the press conference that stood out. Read more »
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It was an unexpected sight, as the two men stood in the center of the room with dozens of onlookers.
Doug Pederson had just wrapped up his concluding thoughts in the locker room after the Eagles’ 29-10 win over the Browns. He singled out Carson Wentz, the rookie quarterback who — on this day — made Howie Roseman look like a genius. He singled out the offensive line, who protected the quarterback and — more often than not — gave Wentz plenty of time to deliver dimes. And finally, he singled out the defensive line for pressuring Robert Griffin III, who completed just 12 passes.
But Jeffrey Lurie, standing a few feet away from Pederson in the center of the circle, interrupted to correct the glaring omission of praise. The Eagles’ owner put his hands together as if he were calling a timeout, repeating: “One second.” An Eagles employee handed Lurie a commemorative football, which Lurie then passed onto to Pederson. Read more »
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A conversation about Howie Roseman’s power took a left turn. Speaking to reporters at the owners meetings back in March, Jeffrey Lurie used a question about Roseman’s rank to touch on a subject that must have been top of mind — RFID and the surge of Next Gen stats that are altering the NFL landscape.
“When you’re talking about the NFL today and football operations, it’s really a very fast moving field if you understand where we’re at,” said Lurie in one of the grand hallways of the Boca Raton Resort. “We’re not where we were when I bought the team 20 years ago or where the league was 10 years ago. I would say if there’s two positions that have to process information and data quickly and completely, it’s quarterback and it’s head of football operations.
“Just as an example, in May, we’re going to be bombarded finally with the data from RFID. That’s going to revolutionize the sport in the long run.” Read more »
Jeffrey Lurie and Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)
This week’s roundup of the best Eagles links around the web. Read more »
Carson Wentz and Jeffrey Lurie. (USA Today Sports)
In his first public comments about the Eagles trading up in the draft to pick Carson Wentz, Jeffrey Lurie explained to the MMQB’s Jenny Vrentas why his team made the move.
“We see it differently than I guess some other people may,” Lurie said. “We see Sam [Bradford] as absolutely the right guy to quarterback the team. We are so rarely able to draft in the Top 5 in the draft. It’s only been twice in about 15-20 years. So we saw the opportunity, and we liked two quarterbacks. We had to make the move to secure having a potential franchise quarterback for many, many years. Read more »
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There is a lot of trade talk out there. Let’s throw a lasso around it and try to get as close to the truth as we can: Read more »
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 »
Rodney McLeod (USA Today Sports)
It’s that time of year. Free agency is over, the draft is looming, and here is a collection of links that relate to both pursuits in order to keep you thinking about the Eagles over the weekend. Read more »
Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports Images)
Here’s a hump day roundup of Eagles-related links to get you through the pre-draft lull period.
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