September 14, 2015 |
In March, Jeffrey Lurie said that he was willing to gamble to take the Eagles from "good to great. " The Eagles were still nearly five months from the start of the regular season, but an offseason of remarkable change was nearly complete. Lurie had restructured the front office, and the man he placed at the top of the pyramid - Chip Kelly - had taken a blowtorch to a roster that had won 10 games. The Eagles have still not played a meaningful game. They open on Monday night in Atlanta against the Falcons.
September 14, 2015 |
AN EXTREMELY chipper Jeffrey Lurie made an impromptu appearance before reporters yesterday at the end of Eagles practice, the chairman substituting an onfield chat for the more formal training camp state-of-the-team sessions he used to hold annually. This was Lurie's first session before the cameras and microphones since the owners' meetings in March in Arizona, when he talked about taking risks to go from good to great. Asked yesterday about progress on that front, Lurie said there's no way to know until the season gets underway, which, for the Eagles, will be Monday night in Atlanta.
September 13, 2015 |
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie defended two of the NFL's most polarizing offseason figures on Friday: Chip Kelly and Roger Goodell. Kelly and Goodell drew scrutiny during the last few months for entirely different reasons. Kelly reshaped the Eagles' roster, and his methods came under attack by franchise greats LeSean McCoy and Tra Thomas, who suggested that the Eagles have a race issue. Goodell's decision to suspend Tom Brady four games as part of the ball deflation scandal was overturned in federal court, continuing a string of off-field embarrassments for the league.
September 12, 2015 |
Chip Kelly shook Tom Coughlin's hand after a Week 17 win over the New York Giants last December and ran off the field through a North Jersey chill accepting an even colder reality: The Eagles finished a respectable 10-6 for the second consecutive season, but they were not good enough. Not good enough to make the postseason. Not good enough to contend for a Super Bowl. Not good enough for Kelly. "Ten and six, not going to the playoffs, is just like being 4-12," Kelly said. He knew right then that the Eagles needed to improve.
September 11, 2015 |
WE HAVE heard from Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie only once since the final game of the 2014 season, and that was on the lawn of the Arizona Biltmore Hotel way back during the owners' meetings in March. Lurie talked about several things that day, but his overall theme was that you have to take risks to go from good to great, that this was the impetus not only for the Eagles' offseason roster shakeup, but for his moving of former general manager Howie Roseman out of football operations in favor of giving coach Chip Kelly complete personnel control.
September 1, 2015 |
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Jeffrey Lurie tiptoed through the cramped visitors locker room at Lambeau Field on Saturday night, but he walked with purpose. Tucked into the corner, past Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez, and Matt Barkley, was the Eagles owner's target. Sam Bradford had just completed a near-perfect, albeit short, night, and Lurie was ebullient as he approached the quarterback. Their conversation was a private one, but the gleam in the longtime owner's eyes as he spoke was one of optimism.
June 22, 2015 |
A year ago, some Eagles were unsure who made contract decisions for the team. In December, amid a three-game losing streak, three players sat at their lockers and argued whether it was Chip Kelly or Howie Roseman who had ultimate say over the business side of football operations. Player 1 insisted that Roseman, then the Eagles general manager, controlled the salary cap and contract negotiations. Player 2 agreed but jokingly said a coach who monitors their every move with tracking devices would eventually want complete authority.
June 15, 2015 |
THE MAN who once was certain that Rich Kotite was the guy to lead the Eagles to their first Super Bowl title is now spending a not-so-small fortune to pick your next president. Norman Braman, the billionaire South Florida car dealer who disappeared from his native Philadelphia two decades ago after a mostly reviled stint as owner of the Birds, is back in the public eye with a brand new model. He's the No. 1 booster of his state's junior Republican senator, Marco Rubio, for the White House in 2016.
June 6, 2015 |
A former Eagles running back was asked Wednesday about his old team. He had left the Eagles a while ago, and he was bitter at the time of the departure, and probably had been bitter for a long time before then, too. Now he was fielding questions from reporters, but he didn't particularly want to answer the questions, because he didn't particularly want to talk about LeSean McCoy. "Our situations," Duce Staley said, "are totally different. " It's coming up on 12 years since Staley, who's been the Eagles' running backs coach since Chip Kelly took over as head coach in 2013, was himself at the center of offseason controversy.
June 2, 2015 |
The prospective third-string quarterback of the Eagles stopped in the center of a NovaCare Complex practice field Thursday to shake owner Jeffrey Lurie's hand and chat a while, and then Tim Tebow turned to his right to face a familiar sight in a familiar setting. There, 105 reporters and writers clustered together in a tight, sweat-stinking group under an oppressive midafternoon sun. It was 90 degrees, the air like moist gauze, and from the weather to the horde of media awaiting Tebow, this could have been Gainesville, Fla., in 2008 or Cortland, N.Y., in 2012.