Jeffrey Lurie spoke to Jenny Vrentas, who was filling in for Peter King on MMQB yesterday. Here’s what he said about the Eagles’ decisions to sign or acquire three quarterbacks this offseason:
“We see it differently than I guess some other people may,” Lurie said at the league meetings. “We see Sam [Bradford] as absolutely the right guy to quarterback the team. We are so rarely able to draft in the Top 5 in the draft. It’s only been twice in about 15-20 years. So we saw the opportunity, and we liked two quarterbacks. We had to make the move to secure having a potential franchise quarterback for many, many years. Having a lot of assets at the most important position in the NFL is a good strategic move for now. And it can only benefit us. Because in the NFL, it’s the one position you can’t just go get. And so when you have an opportunity, you’ve gotta take your shot, and you’ve gotta be bold. Otherwise, if you say to yourself, you know, it is probably a 50-50 shot that maybe the quarterback will be really good, you can’t let that deter you. So that’s how I look at it: You either have a really good QB and you compete for the Super Bowl, or you don’t and you are probably not competing for the Super Bowl. And that’s simple.”
- We see Sam [Bradford] as absolutely the right guy to quarterback the team… yeah, until Carson learns the playbook or until that mangine has a nervous breakdown on the field.
- His logic about assets is sound, but he sounds an awful lot like Sam Hinkie describing what the Sixers did for the last three years. The problem, as we saw with the Sixers, was that treating humans like assets sometimes creates problems. It sometimes leads young players’ moms to Tweet horrible, horrible things about the franchise. It sometimes leads to other young players’ leading their own one-man fight club tour across the Northeast. And it sometimes leads to your starting quarterback pouting his way out of the NovaCare Complex and trying to strong-arm you into a trade… until he realizes he and his agent made a terrible miscalculation and now he’s going to be one of the most hated, infamous athletes in Philly sports history.
- I agree that you need a really good quarterback to compete for a Super Bowl, but where was this logic the last seven years as Kevin Kolb, Michael Vick, Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez lined up behind a fat man’s ass?