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Jeffrey Lurie Wants to Host a Super Bowl

Kyle Scott - March 18, 2013

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Of course he does. 

Speaking to reporters today at the NFL meetings in Arizona – where Andy Reid once again appeared in a photo with Chip Kelly (I don’t know why I think that’s hilarious) – Jeffrey Lurie said that he wanted to maintain a stadium that Al Gore and feminists could be proud of host a Super Bowl… and he seemingly forgets about that little snow incident two years: [Philly.com]

"Growing up in Boston, I went to more great games in snow conditions," Lurie said during the lunch recess at the NFL Meetings at the Arizona Biltmore hotel. "Some of the most memorable games I've ever been to were very difficult and wonderful conditions. I would have no fear of it snowing — as long as there's no public safety issue that day, I think it would be great if it's snowing a bit."

Asked then if he would seek a roman-numeraled game for Philly, Lurie said. "I will. Yes, I will. If it's a success. New York will help us."

 

Obviously, this would be fantastic. Philly missed out on chances to host the 2016 Olympics and 2022 World Cup (instead we got the NHL Entry Draft and the Catholic Meeting of Families…), so hosting a hypothetical Super Bowl would be great… and I’m sure would provide the national media plenty of opportunities to write about how we’re all assholes.

Jeffrey Lurie and Joe Banner May Be Engaging in a Pissing Contest for the Ages

Kyle Scott - January 18, 2013

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Does this hat make me look like a penis?

You remember that scene in Austin Powers 2 where Scott Evil got jealous when Dr. Evil started treating Mini Me like a son, something Dr. Evil never did with Scott?

Yeah, that. That’s kind of how I imagine Joe Banner feels about the relationship between Jeffrey Lurie and Howie Roseman. 

Earlier this week, a story by Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports painted Roseman as an incompetent roadblock to the Eagles hiring a new coach. It was obviously wrong, since Roseman has been credited with sealing the deal with Chip Kelly (a modern day Scott Proefrock, Roseman is). In the story, La Canfora cited unnamed sources who said that coaching candidates hated Roseman. One of the sources was thought to be Banner, who is now with the Browns.

Lurie was among those who thought Banner was the source.

Speaking to CSN’s Reuben Frank, Lurie put forth the following:

“I’m very supportive of Howie, and if there’s any criticism coming from afar about Howie, it’s just off-base, and so I will support Howie completely, because that’s not right,” Lurie said.
 
“And, you know, if there are league sources that are really based in Cleveland, that’s not right. We see through it all.”

 

Banner caught wind of those comments and, well, he wasn’t happy about them:

“It is always difficult to comment on a quote that may or may not be accurate or in context. In this case, from the comments which Jeffrey made that were communicated to me, it is necessary for me to make this clear, unambiguous statement. Any implication that I had anything to do with Jason La Canfora’s story is completely false, outrageous and borders on being libelous.

“I had absolutely no conversation with Jason La Canfora. Having demonstrated my character over the last 44 years to Jeffrey and the last 14 to Howie, it is beyond disappointing that they would suggest such a thing. As tempting as it is to go further, other than defending myself, I will continue to take the high road on all such matters as I have since the day I left the Eagles.”

 

This probably won’t be the last we hear about this feud. After all, Roseman did kill Banner the first chance he got.

Video: Jeffrey Lurie Honors Andy Reid in Front of Eagles Employees (Just an Hour After Firing Him)

Kyle Scott - December 31, 2012

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Jeffrey Lurie fired Andy Reid and then gave him a football today.

The Eagles released video of Lurie giving Reid a game ball for being the winningest coach in Eagles history.

Reid and Lurie stood in front of team employees this morning in the cafeteria at the NovaCare Complex, where the scene looked more like an Employee of the Month celebration than the firing of a football coach.

Said Reid:

“Alright. You guys are way too kind. Way too kind. I have a hard time standing before people without a few boos involved. But I’m taking it. I’m taking it all in. These have been the greatest 14 years of my life. My staff is appreciative. These players that have banked on you guys and the great work that you’ve done is phenomenal. Like Jeffrey said, sometimes change is good, and I know Jeffrey does nothing that isn’t the best for the organization. SoI know the next guy that comes in will be phenomenal. And the ultimate goal is a Super Bowl, right? So everybody in this room, I wish you a big on that finger in the near future. Hail to the Eagles, baby! Alright? Thank you."

 

My, how moving. 

Video here.

Jeffrey Lurie Releases Statement on Garrett Reid Finding

Kyle Scott - December 17, 2012

The Eagles are in full-fledged damage control, doing everything they can to stay ahead of the story that Garrett Reid, who was serving as an unofficial strength and conditioning coach, had 19 vials of steroids and 46 syringes in his dorm room at training camp when he died. 

First, Andy Reid released a statement saying that he’s “confident [Garrett’s] decisions did not affect [the] football team,” a vague denial that Garrett was supplying members of the team with steroids.

Now Jeffrey Lurie, who acknowledged the possibility of an investigation from the NFL, via Reuben Frank:

The news today on Garrett Reid’s possession of steroids is disappointing. It’s clear the conduct in which he apparently engaged runs counter to the values and principles mandated for everyone associated with our organization. We have spoken with the league office and have pledged our full cooperation with their requests should there be any. While we remained saddened by the tragic end of a young man’s life and know how hard this must be for the entire Reid family, we are extremely confident that Garrett’s actions were unknown to those around him and did not involve our football team.

The NFL has a rigorous drug testing program for its players. It is a matter of record that none of our players has tested positive for any of the steroids mentioned in the district attorney’s report.

 

And this is how the Andy Reid era is going to end– under a cloud of suspicion that his dead son was supplying the team with steroids. Yeche.

Bird Droppings: This is Some Shit

Kyle Scott - November 27, 2012


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Let’s start with a positive, because I promised myself I’d be positive this holiday season: Bryce Brown looked very good. He rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns. His combination of size and speed is a rarity, even in the NFL. So, we look forward to watching him in the coming years.

Of course, Brown’s two fumbles helped the Eagles to their seventh straight loss and everything is basically fucked.

Nick Foles looks just good enough until he gets near the red zone, and then, like Michael Vick, he turns into a turnover seeking machine by forcing balls into impossible spots (that's what she said). Jason Babin’s pass rush looks like a hockey puck being shot into a mattress– there’s some give, and quite a bit of spinning, but mostly the mattress just shrugs off the attack while the puck falls to the ground. The Eagles secondary plays like a Madden glitch: Some plays are literally unstoppable because of flawed AI that can’t adjust to certain formations. Oddly, it’s always been the slot receiver that’s caused problems for EA Sports… seems the same holds true for Todd Bowles:

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But have no fear, citizens of this fine city, the Eagles are going to continue to help animals whether Vick stays or not. That’s a fact we learned from this oddly-timed Philly.com article, posted during the Eagles game, which quotes former VP of Communications Rob Zeiger, who’s been fired for almost a week now:

The team adopted animal welfare as a cause in 2009 following the controversial signing of Vick after his release from federal prison. He was convicted of running an illegal dogfighting ring.

"The commitment is continuing," an Eagles spokesman, Rob Zeiger, said last week.

The team has donated roughly $400,000 of the animal welfare fund's $500,000 to about a dozen area charities, said Zeiger, adding that "when we run through that, we'll revisit where we go." (Zeiger is no longer employed by the Eagles.)

 

Thanks, Rob. Maybe less animals and more come to our games! would have saved your job.

Some images and Tweets from last night:

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Pic via (@obrienkp)

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I hate this team.

No, The Eagles Won’t Fire Andy Reid This Week

Kyle Scott - November 19, 2012

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For some unknown and unholy reason, the Eagles aren’t going to fire Andy Reid this week, according to a report by Les Bowen in today's Daily News:

A high-ranking team source told the Daily News it was not, that Reid will coach the Eagles next Monday night against the Carolina Panthers.

Told during the game that fans want to hear from team chairman Jeffrey Lurie, their 3-7 team having dropped six games in a row in increasingly ugly fashion, a team spokesman said Lurie was unlikely to speak Sunday. He didn't say anything about Monday.

 

Jeffrey Lurie is a goddamn coward. We all know he’s loyal to Reid and doesn’t want to embarrass his long-time coach. But keeping Reid around is 100% counterintuitive for a guy completely and sometimes needlessly obsessed with image and media coverage of his team. It’s not about wins and losses anymore, it’s about saving face. Reid’s presence on the sidelines has become the most public symbol of the Eagles’ unwillingness to change. 

For Reid’s sake, firing him mid-season would likely save on a lot of heartache. And firing him now, during Thanksgiving week, would save the Eagles from some negative press. Not much– some.

But no, Lurie will be stubborn to the end. Non-existent, even. He’ll continue to be absent from the sidelines before games, continue to decline requests from the media. Yet his customers, us fans, literally hate his product right now. Hate the coach. Hate the players. Hate him.

An example of the hate? Reader Ryan sent me a letter that he is sending to Lurie. I’m generally not a fan of these open letter things, but this isn’t a made-for-page-views, fire the coach type of thing… it’s a real letter, from a paying customer, to Lurie:

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I wouldn’t hold your breath, Ryan.

Andy Reid’s Job Is On The Line This Year, But Is It Really?

Ryan Gillon - August 30, 2012

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Andy Reid is signed on to be the Eagles coach through 2013, but if there is anything that came out of Jeff Lurie's State of the Team Address today, it's that Andy Reid isn't a lock to be the Head Coach of the Eagles in 2013.

Simply, Lurie implied that it all depends on how his 2012 shakes out.

When asked by reporters about Andy Reid's status, Lurie made it clear that nothing is guaranteed after this upcoming season, even in light of the tragic events in Reid's personal life.

"This is a business, and you're there to win and win big… so all the emphasis will be on Andy Reid the coach," Lurie said.

Everyone knew the question was coming, and Lurie needed a stern response in light of the comments Reid's agent Bob LaMonte made three weeks ago.

Via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Lurie "has stated again and again, any time that I’ve been with him, that was as long as he’s the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles Andy Reid would be his coach," LaMonte said. "And I’d say the proof of the pie is in the pudding. He’s been here 14 years.”

“This man has earned the right to decide what he wants to do, and he may well decide he doesn’t want to coach and Jeffrey may decide he doesn’t want to hire him, but I can just tell you Jeffrey Lurie has told me on any occasion I’ve ever been with him, as long as he’s the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, Andy will be his coach," LaMonte said once again. "Now, if you know something else, tell me, because I should probably know."

 

Agents… 

Lurie continued by saying that last year's 8-8 record was unacceptable and if the same result happened this season, Reid would be dismissed. Reporters continued to prod and Lurie admitted that there are always exceptions, but "you just have to make the best decisions you can after the season," but that "it'll be very clear."

Whether you believe Lurie or not is up to you. I think he's partially full of shit because I'm a firm believer that if Reid was going to get fired, it was going to be at the end of last season. Why? Because as Lurie said, there are always exceptions.

If Mike Vick goes down for a few weeks at any point in the season and Nick Foles is behind center? That's an exception. If there is any injury to a big name player at any point in the season, that's an exception. There are always exceptions.

Lurie had to say what he did, partially because of what Reid's agent foolishly said, but I do think he would have said something along those lines anyway. He had to follow up on his comments at the end of last season.

It comes down to this; Lurie will only fire Reid if he truly wants to, or if this season is a complete disaster. I don't think that Lurie wants to fire Andy Reid, and I don't think he will at the end of this season.

Hopefully, we won't have to find out.

Jeffrey Lurie’s State of the Team Address is Today, and A Wednesday Recap

Ryan Gillon - August 30, 2012

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This will be Lurie's second attempt this preseason (Photo: LehighValleyLive.com)
 
Let's try this again.
 
Eagles owner Jeff Lurie will address the media today before tonight's final preseason game against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field.
 
Initially, Lurie scheduled the State of the Eagles address earlier this month at Lehigh University during training camp. It was canceled because Andy Reid's son, Garrett, was found dead that same morning.
 
As the Inquirer's Jeff McLane notes, the content of the address could be more interesting than usual, given the owner's personal offseason.
The Eagles announced the Luries' split on July 4. While the statement made it clear that Jeffrey and Christina's parting would have no effect on the Eagles and that they would continue to work together, there was some concern that the team could be torn apart in divorce proceedings. Earlier this month, though, there was a report that Lurie would maintain majority ownership and still have the final say in all matters related to the Eagles. Christina Lurie will have a small stake in the team like other minority owners.
 
The team also has to reduce their roster from 75 to 53 players by tomorrow at 9:00 pm. They no longer have Joe Banner in the fold, and despite a tulmultuous offseason that included death and divorce, expectations are high.
 
That doesn't mean we won't hear the same old story from Lurie… no one's holding their breath.
 
In case you missed it on Wednesday:
 
Vance Worley will be shut down for the rest of the regular season.
 
Glen Macnow spotted Chase Utley taking grounders at third base yesterday during a live broadcast at Citizens Bank Park… very sly, Glen. Very sly.
 
Tyler Cloyd made his first professional start last night after Cole Hamels went down to a gastrointestinal illness.
 
The CEO of the company that makes Michael Vick's flak jacket made a pretty ballsy guarantee.
Another first for Bryce Harper… he was ejected last night.
 
Happy Thursday, folks. More to come.
 
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