Report: Eagles Could Pursue Saints’ Sean Payton

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Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

According to a report from Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News, the Eagles will pursue New Orleans head coach Sean Payton if he and the Saints part ways in the coming days.

Payton has racked up an 87-57 record in nine seasons with the Saints, including a win in Super Bowl XLIV in 2009.

He was quarterbacks coach for the Eagles from 1997-1998.

The Saints finished the season 7-9 for the second straight season this year.

Adam Gase, the Bears’ offensive coordinator, is reportedly set to interview with the Eagles in the next few days.

Eagles Interview Duce Staley For Coaching Job

Duce Staley. (Jeff Fusco)

Duce Staley. (Jeff Fusco)

The Eagles interviewed Duce Staley for the head coaching vacancy yesterday, a source confirmed to Birds 24/7’s Tim McManus. The news was first reported by Ed Werder.

Staley has been the Eagles running backs coach since 2013, when he was elevated from being the special teams quality control coach after Chip Kelly was hired. Prior to his two years in that role, Staley was a coaching intern in Philadelphia in 2010. He also played for the Eagles from 1997 to 2003, before joining the Steelers for three seasons. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Lurie’s Hands-On Approach

Jon Dorenbos and Jeffrey Lurie. (Jeff Fusco)

Jon Dorenbos and Jeffrey Lurie. (Jeff Fusco)

DeMarco Murray had zero to do with it.”

Jeffrey Lurie delivered the response you’d expect, and when asked, he denied that his $40 million running back had any influence over his decision to fire Chip Kelly. The answer wasn’t surprising, but as he looked back at the hoopla made over his plane ride chat with Murray, Lurie also gave a glimpse of what may come in the future.

“I talk to players on airplanes all the time,” Lurie said. “In the building, I talk to them all the time. I’m not someone who is hands-off. I try to get a sense of players and their concerns in the locker room at all times, all year round.”

Considering the “53 Angry Men” t-shirts Lurie gave players before the Bills win, and his pre-game talks before the Patriots victory, his hands-on approach explanation fits. It also explains his philosophy as he searches for the Eagles’ next head coach. Read more »

DeMarco Murray: ‘It’s A Fresh Start For Everyone’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

DeMarco Murray found out the man who brought him to Philadelphia in March had been fired when the news came across his television screen.

Murray, who failed to produce the way former Eagles head coach Chip Kelly expected when he signed Murray to a five-year, $40 million contract in the offseason, talked at his locker Thursday, two days after Kelly was fired before the end of his third season.

Murray said he had spoken with Kelly since the move, but wouldn’t disclose the sentiments on their conversation.

The 27-year-old running back seemed to have mixed feelings on Kelly’s departure; he said he would never wish losing a job on anyone, and placed blame on the team’s performance, but also said there were things that could’ve been done differently.

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Pat Shurmur Calls Kelly Firing ‘Very Unfortunate’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Jeffrey Lurie called Pat Shurmur down to his office on Tuesday afternoon, shortly after meeting with Chip Kelly to inform the Eagles’ former head coach he was being let go.

News of Kelly’s firing hadn’t yet traveled to Shurmur’s ear; he was confused by why he was being called down to Lurie’s office.

“It’s not very often you get called down to the owner’s office,” Shurmur said Thursday.

Shurmur walked into Lurie’s office and didn’t seem to be cued in on the news.

“He said, ‘Well, you haven’t heard, have you?'” Shurmur said. “I said, “No, I haven’t.” Then he told me he had let Coach Kelly go.”

Lurie asked Shurmur if he would be the interim head coach for the team’s final week and game, against the Giants this Sunday, and Shurmur agreed.

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What They’re Saying About The Eagles

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Kevin Jairaj / USA TODAY Sports

It’s been quite the few days. We’ve been covering Chip Kelly‘s release around the clock, but it’s always good to get other perspectives. Here’s a sampling of what local and national writers are saying about the Eagles.

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Missanelli: On Chip Kelly, Jeffrey Lurie Made the Right Move — Finally

Jeffrey Lurie at the 2013 press conference announcing the hiring of Chip Kelly. Photo | Jeff Fusco

Jeffrey Lurie at the 2013 press conference announcing the hiring of Chip Kelly. Photo | Jeff Fusco

Jeffrey Lurie did the right thing.​

It may have flabbergasted most of us when word came down early Tuesday night that Lurie had fired Chip Kelly, his prized possession coach, after the 15th game of a disappointing non-playoff season. Lurie is seen by most of the fan base as a pacifist who would rather give his employees a longer rope than cut that rope before its time.

​But the owner looked around, didn’t like what he saw, didn’t like the opponents rolling up 40 on his squad, didn’t like the fact that some players were quitting on the coach (Jason Peters?), didn’t like Chip’s convoluted answers in those horridly boring, filibuster press conferences where Kelly most of the time threw everybody else under the bus except himself and then on Monday gave some weird answer about him not really being the general manager.

​The pressure built up in the valve and something had to blow. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Coaching Candidates

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The Eagles are in the process of putting together their list of head coaching candidates. Soon interview requests will be sent out, and the triumvirate of  Jeffrey Lurie, Don Smolenski and Howie Roseman will embark on a whirlwind search for the second time in three years.

Lurie outlined some of the qualities they will be looking for in Chip Kelly‘s replacement.

“No. 1, a smart strategic thinker. That’s a given. You’ve got to be looking out for the short-term, mid-term and long-term interests of the franchise,” said Lurie. “Looking for somebody who interacts very well and communicates clearly with everybody he works with and comes in touch with. Understands the passion of our fans and what it’s like to coach the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s a unique and incredibly passionate fan base that just wants to win, and you’ve got to incorporate that in your life and in your heart and you’ve got to be willing to do that.

“And another thing is attention to detail. I think all good coaches have tremendous attention to detail in this league. Lastly is you’ve got to open your heart to players and everybody you want to achieve peak performance. I would call it — I would call it a style of leadership that values information, all the resources that are provided, and at the same time, values emotional intelligence.”

To boil that down: a sharp, conscientious and detail-oriented leader that connects with his players, the organization and this fan base.

Who might fit the bill? We’ll be looking at that in depth over the coming days, but here’s a quick overview of some of the popular names: Read more »

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