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 »
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 »
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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BOCA RATON, FL — Today is presumably the day where “accountability will be 100 percent acknowledged” by Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie.
The last time Lurie spoke, he refrained from clearly defining Howie Roseman‘s role and level of authority, saying that he did not want to telegraph the team’s intentions given the “competitive nature” of their search for a new personnel head. That search, as we know, set off on a path to nowhere. Even if it had netted someone, it was evident that the new hire would have answered to Roseman and not the other way around. The candidates were aware of this. There was no real need for evasiveness, other than perhaps to kick the issue down the road where the PR hit might be less severe.
To that end, mission accomplished. Read more »
Jeffrey Lurie. (USA Today Sports)
For the first time in a few years at the NFL’s annual meeting, our focus will likely shift back more toward the true purpose of the event: the changing rules that govern the game of football.
Last year, the talk centered around Chip Kelly’s power grab, and two years ago, the DeSean Jackson trade rumors couldn’t stay out of the headlines. Over the next few days, Kelly will address the Philadelphia media for the first time since being fired, but things should be a bit quieter for the Eagles.
We’ll talk to Doug Pederson for an hour on Wednesday morning, and we’ll also have access to Kelly during that 7:15-8:15 time slot. Jeffrey Lurie reportedly said he’d likely address the media at some point, although there isn’t a timetable for that. There’s a lot we’d like to cover with the Eagles owner, who hasn’t spoken publicly since hiring Pederson, including the personnel executive search. Roger Goodell, meanwhile, will hold a press conference around noon on Wednesday. Read more »
Chip Kelly and Marcus Mariota. (USA Today Sports)
In case you missed it, Fox Sports NFL insider Peter Shrager recently revealed the details of an Eagles trade that would have landed Marcus Mariota during last years NFL draft. Shrager was on Colin Cowherd’s radio show with the report.
“Last year the Eagles offered the Tennessee Titans — and I know this — a 2015 first-round pick, a 2015 second-round pick, a 2016 first-round pick, they said ‘take any of our quarterbacks’ — that’s Bradford, that’s Sanchez, that’s whoever — [and] take anyone on our defense; we want that No. 2 pick.”
As with any big move — even theoretical — the world of sports opinion was quick to support or decry the unsuccessful offer. Read more »
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Not long after Sam Bradford officially inked his new two-year, $35 million deal with the Eagles, we asked Howie Roseman about his decision to back a player so closely associated with Chip Kelly and the power play he made at Roseman’s expense. Read more »
Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)
As the dust settled after the Eagles’ dramatic firing of Chip Kelly in late December, one of the biggest question marks to arise, other than the quest for the team’s next head coach, was how the move would affect the team’s ability to retain Sam Bradford.
“I mean, yeah. I still enjoy the guys on this team, I enjoy the city, I’ve enjoyed my time here. Obviously, I think a lot of it depends on who they hire as a head coach now and what type of offensive system he wants to run,” Bradford said at the time.
Thursday afternoon, addressing the media for the first time since his two-year, $36 million deal was announced Tuesday, Bradford said the Eagles’ decision to bring Doug Pederson aboard as their head coach played a big role in his willingness and desire to remain in Philadelphia. Read more »
From left: Mary Alice Dorrance Malone (Campbell Soup photo); Michael Rubin (Undercover Boss screenshot); John Middleton (AP Photo/Matt Rourke); Richard Yuengling, Jr. (Yuengling publicity photo)
Forbes magazine just released its list of the Richest People on the Planet in 2016, and although Philly doesn’t have a Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey or Jeff Bezos, it does have its fair share of billionaires. Here’s a list of Philly folks who made the list. Read more »
Jeffrey Lurie. (Jeff Fusco)
According to Jimmy Kempski of Philly Voice, the Eagles interviewed NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah for their head of player perosnnel job.
According to Kempski, a spokesperson for the Eagles “confirmed that the interview took place, but said that the Eagles did not make a formal offer.” Read more »