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October 15, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles locker room seems happier this season as opposed to last. Winning will do that. Despite the popular perception four months ago after Joe Banner stepped down as team president, the locker room didn't suddenly turn into Tijuana when general manager Howie Roseman formally assumed the handling of all contract matters. Roseman had been in charge, really, as far back as February. He, with Jeffrey Lurie's blessing and Andy Reid's counsel, engineered contract extensions for four key members of the Eagles.
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September 6, 2012 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Welcome to the No-Lose Season for Jeffrey Lurie, even though some would portray 2012 as the most perilous for the Eagles' owner in the recent history of the organization. After watching the team fail to win a playoff game for three straight seasons, after betting the limit on quarterback Michael Vick, and after putting the head coach on notice that this is truly a make-or-break situation in his tenure here, Lurie certainly will be watched closely. The television cameras will peer into the luxury suites to catalog every cheer and every grimace.
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September 6, 2012 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer
LOOKING AT SOME highlights, lowlights and other insanity bound to crop up with the Eagles' schedule this season. Week 1. Sunday, Sept. 9: at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (Fox)   Joe Banner's first act as a Browns executive is to ban fans from bringing biscuits into the stadium's renowned dawg pound. Pick: Brandon Weeden throws three interceptions. Eagles, 27-13. Week 2. Sunday, Sept. 16: Baltimore, 1 (CBS)   Good thing this isn't a conference championship game.
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September 6, 2012 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Welcome to the No-Lose Season for Jeffrey Lurie, even though some would portray 2012 as the most perilous for the Eagles' owner in the recent history of the organization. After watching the team fail to win a playoff game for three straight seasons, after betting the limit on quarterback Michael Vick, and after putting the head coach on notice that this is truly a make-or-break situation in his tenure here, Lurie certainly will be watched closely. The television cameras will peer into the luxury suites to catalog every cheer and every grimace.
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September 6, 2012 | By Zach Berman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jeffrey Lurie set the tenor for this season on Jan. 3, when he offered an honest and chilling appraisal of his team. Lurie called 2011 "without question the most disappointing season since I've owned the team," all the while bringing Andy Reid back as coach and setting up a season in which Lurie shoulders an onus unlike any time in his previous 18 years as Eagles owner. The view from the owner's box has never included such lonely responsibility as it does this season, when Lurie's two-decade obsession with bringing a Super Bowl to Philadelphia approaches its most critical chapter yet. The absence of a Lombardi Trophy in the Eagles' trophy case has become a punch line for the franchise, although the glare often shines brightest on the coach and the quarterback.
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September 1, 2012 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When the 2011 season came to a merciful end, owner Jeffrey Lurie made it clear that 8-8 was not an acceptable record for a team with championship aspirations like the Eagles. Then he said Andy Reid would remain as head coach. In case anyone misunderstood, Lurie confirmed his opinion of an 8-8 record on Thursday night during his annual state-of-the-team news conference before the Eagles finished their exhibition season against the Jets. He used that word again: unacceptable. So unacceptable that if it happens again in 2012, the only thing Lurie will be accepting is Reid's resignation.
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September 1, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Coach Andy Reid's Eagles need to improve this season, and a second straight 8-8 finish would be unacceptable, the team's owner, Jeffrey Lurie, said Thursday. Lurie did not quantify how much Reid's team would need to improve this season. But the owner did say several times that another .500 campaign was "unacceptable. " "I don't have a level or anything like that," Lurie said Thursday during his annual state of the Eagles news conference. "I just want to be clear about that. You just try to make the best judgment you can after the season.
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August 31, 2012 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer
JEFFREY LURIE said Thursday he thinks it will be easy, once the season ends, to decide whether to continue with Andy Reid as his coach. "I think it will be very clear," Lurie said. This might have been the most surprising statement from the Eagles' chairman in 39 minutes of discourse over the state of the NFL, the Eagles, and how much Lurie appreciates the fans. (Lots.) In his annual state-of-the-team address, postponed by the Aug. 5 death of Reid's son Garrett, Lurie had a lot of ground to cover, and he covered it - assuring fans he would retain control of the team in the wake of his impending divorce, reflecting on "an offseason like no other," which included the departure of team president Joe Banner.
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August 5, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - They arrived in Lehigh on a July afternoon in 2005, a few months removed from Donovan McNabb's scoring drive in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl and a few weeks away from Terrell Owens' performing crunches for television cameras on his front lawn. They were the new batch of players joining a franchise approaching the apex of the NFL, members of an 11-man draft class on a team that had won four consecutive NFC East titles. After seven completed seasons, Mike Patterson, Todd Herremans, and Trent Cole remain.
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July 29, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Joe Banner has played a significant role with Tennessee businessman Jimmy Haslam's group in its efforts to purchase the Cleveland Browns, an NFL source involved in the negotiations said. Banner's role with the Haslam group if the purchase is finalized has not yet been determined, the source said. But based on Banner's comments last month when he stepped down as Eagles president and said that he wanted to run the day-to-day operations of an NFL team, it is likely he will have a senior position and possibly own a stake in the Browns.
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