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January 9, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
FINALLY, there was an opportunity Monday to ask Andy Reid about what Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie said a week earlier, that Lurie didn't hold general manager Howie Roseman accountable for the Birds' anemic-looking 2010 and 2011 drafts because Roseman didn't have final say on draft decisions those years. "I think everybody's got to be pulling in the same direction," Reid said, during a conference call with Philadelphia reporters, a few hours after he was introduced as the new coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.
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January 5, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
They have accumulated again, like old traffic tickets stuffed in the glove compartment. Despite the best intentions and resolutions of each new year, a large number of corrections and clarifications that should have been published throughout 2012 did not appear because of the diligent efforts of the author. The Ninth Annual Corrections Column is not something we're proud of, but it is time to come clean, ask forgiveness, and make a new start. Once more - promise - this won't have to happen again.
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January 4, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The eyes of NFL executives and fans without a head coach will be on Thursday's Fiesta Bowl, when Chip Kelly coaches Oregon against Kansas State. Kelly is considered one of the leading candidates for the Eagles job, but stiff competition is expected from other teams with vacancies. The Cleveland Browns are also said to be interested in Kelly. Joe Banner, the former Eagles president and now the CEO of the Browns, is already in Arizona interviewing Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton.
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January 4, 2013 | By Sam Donnellon, Inquirer Staff Writer
PENN STATE'S Bill O'Brien is the best professional head-coaching prospect out there. He has successful pro experience with the franchise every other NFL franchise wants to be like and was stunningly successful amid the worst of circumstances in his first season as Penn State's head football coach. That he did this amid national, if not worldwide, media scrutiny answers that question as well. I think the Eagles would have been crazy not to hire him. And I think he would have been crazy to come here.
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January 4, 2013 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
Here's a proposition for Jeffrey Lurie, something that should add a little incentive as he sets out to hire a new head coach for the Eagles. The way things have turned out, Lurie is competing for a coach with longtime friend and colleague Joe Banner, who now runs the Cleveland Browns. That competition goes a long way toward explaining the veiled insults and revisionist history Lurie wove into his news conference Monday. Meanwhile, Andy Reid's search for a new job has led to interviews with Kansas City and Arizona, two places where the owners are not exactly perceived as gold-standard material.
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January 3, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's on. The Eagles and Browns will vie for Chip Kelly as both teams have scheduled interviews with the Oregon coach to fill their vacancies, an NFL source said Wednesday. Moreover, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman will compete with their former colleague, Joe Banner, who is now the Browns CEO. USA Today, which first reported the Eagles and Browns interviews, included the Bills as the third NFL team that is set to meet with Kelly. The Eagles and Browns have Kelly high on their wish lists, if not at the top, multiple NFL sources have said.
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January 1, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was expected that Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie would use general manager Howie Roseman's input when determining the new coach, but another key person in the process is team president Don Smolenski. Although Smolenski does not have a direct role in football operations, he directs the organization's business and strategic efforts and will have an influential voice in the process. "I bring in an understanding of the culture, I bring an understanding of the dynamic of the organization and how there are no barriers between the football operations and the business operations," Smolenski said.
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December 19, 2012 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer
THEY HELD a soccer match at Lincoln Financial Field a few weeks before the first Eagles game in 2003. In the restaurant business, this would be called a soft opening. Don Smolenski, who was the Eagles CFO at the time, and team president Joe Banner headed out into the concourse to check things out. They discovered a rather sizable problem that showed why soft openings are a good idea. "For the soccer game, we realized that our signage was confusing," recalled Smolenski, now the team's president.
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November 26, 2012
When Howie Roseman took over the business side of the Eagles' football operations this past offseason, he became one of 10 NFL general managers to handle both player evaluations and contract negotiations. The number is down to nine after Panthers GM Marty Hurney was fired in October. The remaining eight reflect a wide array of decision-makers. There are former players such as John Elway (Broncos) and Reggie McKenzie (Raiders). There are longtime scouts who worked their way up the chain of command such as Rod Graves (Cardinals)
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November 21, 2012 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
The following report originally appeared on the Daily News Eagles' blog, Eagletarian.com       IT'S WAY TOO early to obsess over an Eagles coaching search that isn't even going to start for a couple of months yet, but hey, what else do we have to think about? I'd love to know who's going to be running the search. I guess I envision a Jeffrey Lurie-Howie Roseman tag team, which was the way the interviews went in 1999, the last time the Eagles did this, with Joe Banner in Howie's role.
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