Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie had a much publicized conversation with running back DeMarco Murray on a team flight earlier this season and he’ll be having a lot more conversations with players in the coming days as the team starts the process of finding a new head coach.
During his press conference about Chip Kelly’s dismissal, Lurie was asked about why he made the move now rather than waiting for next Monday. Lurie said the firing gives them a head start on a search, mentioned the same head start Kelly has on finding his next job and that he wanted an “opportunity to spend a lot of time with our players.” Lurie said he met with the team on Wednesday morning, would have meetings with individual players this week and meet with the entire team again on Monday.
Lurie said he wanted to “be a sponge” while hearing what players thought about leadership in today’s NFL as part of the process of identifying candidates to replace Kelly.
That conversation with Murray also came up as Murray reportedly told the owner that the team had lost confidence in the coach. Lurie said he talks to players on airplanes all the time and that the talk with Murray “had zero to do with” the decision to make a change.