Lurie: We made move now to maximize time to talk to players

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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.

28 responses to “Lurie: We made move now to maximize time to talk to players

  1. One bad season and you fire him, but you let Andy Reid stay forever…what will happen first? Man colonizing mars, or the eagles winning a lombardy trophy?

  2. I like what seemed to be a no non sense approach from Chip Kelly…… Which I still believe he brought. The problem was he didn’t relate or have any relationship with his players. You can’t have guys show up, put their head down and work hard if they think their leader is a “jerk”. Using PFT friendly language there. Eagles players think much worse of Chip than that.

  3. I talk to players on the plane all the time,
    It had zero to do with my decisions
    I wanted enough time to talk to players

    Why, so it can have nothing to do with your decisions? Something here doesn’t ring true.

  4. Then he’ll end up hiring a so-called “players coach”. A Rex Ryan or coach “Rah”. Players want someone who’s buddy buddy that they can walk over.

  5. The talk you hear from Eagles players sounds very much like the talk that came from the Cowboys players when Jimmy Johnson first took over from Tom Landry back in the day. I’m not saying Chip Kelly is Jimmy Johnson. I am saying that whining players shouldn’t be a litmus test. Jimmy got Troy Aikman with his first pick in his first draft. Chip was not that fortunate.

  6. The timing of this is what is interesting. If the Eagles hang on to Kelly for one more game then whomever wants to hire him has to offer the Eagles something in return. That’s not a great business decision by Lurie unless he was so fed up with Kelly that he wanted to send a message to the team and the fans.

  7. t.linn says:
    Jimmy got Troy Aikman with his first pick in his first draft. Chip was not that fortunate.
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    Fortunate has nothing to do with it in this case. Kelly’s player personnel decisions are one of the big reasons he’s gone.

  8. Kelly was on a short leash this year. Lurie was apprehensive of Chip’s scorched earth personnel moves in the off season.

    If it is true Chip was asked by Lurie to give up personnel decisions and he balked then that tells you Chip wanted out and created his own firing.

  9. He’s the school principal who lets the kindergarteners pick their own teacher.

    There are about a hundred other owners who keep making the same mistakes over and over again. Why do all these dorks get to be in charge of each city’s team? Is this the Middle Ages?

  10. Aah, leadership by player committee.

    I’m sure that the Eagles will have comparable success to other groups that use the same approach to running their organizations … like asylums.

  11. Bradford hits free agency.
    Murray has a banner season next year.
    Cooper is finally released.
    On a side note:
    No Harbaugh won’t coach the Colts, this is for the delusional poster that posted that yesterday.
    Harbaugh and Kelly have no clue how to treat grown men that are paid for their talent.

  12. I disagree with Lurie on that. If I was a top coach I would never consider Philly for just that reason. I don’t want one disgruntled guy to have the ability to sit on the same plane with me and bad mouth me with the owner who is all ears.
    Ya that don’t work. Not when you have 53 plus guys to make happy. I would want to be able to bench someone for playing poorly and not have to worry about that person meeting Mr Lurie. No thanks.

  13. One big mistake with Chip: you win with a QB who has talent. Foles is just as good as Bradford. Bradford if anything was anti Chip in that he can’t run, cant pass on a roll out, is stiffer than frozen hot dog in the snow and yet, Chip went and got him. What a mistake that was.

  14. Jeff Lurie reminds me of Steven Ross a billionaire who wants to win but don’t know how and goes out and hires front office people who don’t know how to win either. The Eagles will never win a Super Bowl as long as Jeff is the owner.

  15. The question isn’t who they can get to coach. the question is who wants to go there to coach. this is a train wreck complete with player mutiny, and talentless players up and down the lineup, many who are high priced. this is not a good job. this isn’t when Andy left and there was a great line with playmakers left over. This is the Browns hiring Mike Pettine bad. Hilarious.

  16. Youknowimright says:
    Dec 30, 2015 2:20 PM
    The question isn’t who they can get to coach. the question is who wants to go there to coach. this is a train wreck complete with player mutiny, and talentless players up and down the lineup, many who are high priced. this is not a good job. this isn’t when Andy left and there was a great line with playmakers left over. This is the Browns hiring Mike Pettine bad. Hilarious.
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    Yes, I have to agree. Even if Lurie thought Kelly had problems relating to players, or had did not like his personnel moves, he should have (1) called Kelly’s bluff, (2) brought in a respected GM candidate, and (3) if Kelly quit, just kept his mouth shut and allowed the GM to hire the next coach. Now, it will be extremely difficult to attract a quality HC candidate.

  17. Lurie is putting out BS. He could have been compiling a list of potential coaches all season long.
    The thing is, he can’t talk to anyone who has a contract until the season is over anyway. And he could have spoken to his players anytime if he wanted. No. Him and Kelly had a shootout in the office and Lurie reached for his gun first.

  18. immafubared says:
    Dec 30, 2015 2:01 PM
    One big mistake with Chip: you win with a QB who has talent. Foles is just as good as Bradford. Bradford if anything was anti Chip in that he can’t run, cant pass on a roll out, is stiffer than frozen hot dog in the snow and yet, Chip went and got him. What a mistake that was.

    Bradford actually had the highest passer rating in the league from outside the pocket.

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