Frustration with team caused owner Jeffrey Lurie to skip Eagles-Browns game

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Eagles fans aren’t alone in their extreme frustration with their favorite team.

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie skipped last Sunday’s game in Cleveland, and “his absence . . . was widely believed by many at the NoveCare Complex to primarily be an extension of his feelings.”

Officially, Lurie didn’t attend the game because he was being “overly cautious” in light of the ongoing pandemic, since he planned to visit his mother on Thanksgiving. Unofficially, per McLane, Lurie had simply had enough.

McLane also reports that Lurie has “left various workouts early out of disgust.” Per McLane, sources close to the team were “shocked” that Lurie actually skipped a game.

It’s one thing for Lurie to be frustrated. It’s another thing for Lurie to do something about it. He fired coach Andy Reid and coach Chip Kelly after both failed to get to the playoffs in consecutive seasons. The current coach, Doug Pederson, has a three-year postseason streak, dating back to 2017. And 2017 ended, as too many Eagles fans now forget, in the only Super Bowl win in franchise history.

The problem continues to be the quarterback, and specifically his dramatic regression in 2020. One of the main reasons the Eagles are sticking with Carson Wentz is that they’re stuck with Carson Wentz, at least through 2021. He has more than $25 million due next year, fully guaranteed. No one in their right mind will trade for that contract, especially with the salary cap expected to fall to $175 million, due to the pandemic.

Thus, regardless of what happens over the balance of the season, the best (only) play may be to get through 2020, load the cannon in the offseason (as best they can), and try again in 2021, with pretty much everyone on the hot seat.

The Eagles host the Seahawks on Monday night. It remains to be seen whether Lurie will attend, or leave early.

46 responses to “Frustration with team caused owner Jeffrey Lurie to skip Eagles-Browns game

  1. That doesn’t bode well for Wentz. He’s going to go down the same path as Blake Bortles. He signed a huge contract then played like dirt and ended up getting cut. He sat one year behind Goff and now he’s on the Broncos practice squad. Wentz may be lucky to be on any team’s practice squad after the year he’s had. If he wants to continue cashing paychecks he needs to get his head out of his backside before he ruins any chance of playing in the NFL beyond next year. I wonder if benching him will get his attention. To be honest, Hurts may not be great but he’s probably not going to stand in the pocket and hold the ball waiting to be sacked over and over and over and over and over like Wentz. When the owner is frustrated enough to walk out I’m wondering if it could be the end of Pederson’s run as coach. Maybe he told Pederson to play Hurts or he’ll be looking for a job next year.

  2. If your QB
    has 0 playoff wins
    60 fumbles
    Is 7-25 vs teams over 500
    has no heart no desire to win
    started 5-6 in 4 of his first 5 seasons
    Never upset after loses
    hated by teammates
    makes everyone near him worse
    holds ball too long
    ignores open receivers
    Your QB is Carson Wentz

  3. If Carson wentz had jerry rice and randy moss and bill Belichick coaching him in their prime he would still be under 500 and have zero playoff wins he can’t even hit a wide open reciever 5 yards away from him . Just look at 2018 the eagles coming off a super bowl that NICK FOLES won were 5-6 with wentz vs easiest part of schedule than Nick foles takes over and vs hardest part of schedule wins all the remaining games of the regular season and gets team to playoffs and wins in playoffs

  4. Remember when wentz was losing week after week In 2018 and Everyone blamed everyone except wentz and they said foles wouldn’t fix the problems? Then foles takes over and wins with same team that sucked with wentz

  5. While Wentz is a big problem for the Eagles, it’s far from their only problem. The problem with the Eagles is after they won their first Super Bowl, they challenged everyone to come and get them. And guess what? Everyone has.
    The Eagles were a one year wonder and one of the biggest things they lost was Frank Reich as their offensive coordinator. He made Doug Pederson look a lot better than he is.

  6. Seems like Lurie might fire Doug and staff at season’s end. I think Howie is safe for another season as is Carson. Both deserve another year as Howie’s shortcomings have been overstated throughout this entire season and, realistically, this is Carson’s first bad year. Get a new coaching staff, have someone in the room for talent evaluation with Howie and watch how quickly this organization gets back on track.

  7. Wentz is a problem for the Eagles, but in my view, his regression is one of several key problems. Others:

    1) Bad GM. He trades too many draft picks, signs too many aging/injury prone vets and misses with too many of the remaining picks.

    2) Bad lineup decisions. Draft picks such as JJ Arcega Whiteside get scholarships and are forced into the lineup. Superior players ranging from Mailata to Fulgham to Singleton only see the field after a rash of injuries.

    3) Bad defensive coordinator. Schwartz routinely playing soft zone defense on third down is inexcusable. His scheme is a dinosaur from the early 2000s. His defenses are always undisciplined and commit too many dumb penalties. This year they’re appallingly bad against trick plays and wide receiver reverses.

    4) The offense never looked the same after Reich left, and it’s very possible that he was the brains behind the championship season.

  8. Well, I can’t say that I blame Jeffrey Lurie for skipping the game. I tend to not watch any NFC East games unless they are divisional games. Outside of those games you can pretty much figure the NFCE team is going to lose.

  9. I would guess a team that thinks they can fix Wentz would trade for that contract. Especially if they have plenty cap space, a competitive team, a need at QB and a connection to Wentz. There is at least one such team.

  10. Its exactly what he deserves for firing Andy Reid!

    Yup he got exactly what he deserved……….. Like winning a Super Bowl.

  11. Simplistic, uninformed take to say it’s all Wentz. Wentz has not played well but find me a QB that plays well with an ever changing o-line (10 combos so far this year), mediocre talent and disjointed play calling. The real root of the problem starts with Howie Roseman who has created an old, expensive roster lacking any real game changing talent. Now add in Pederson’s poor game planning (1-4 out of byes) odd in-game management (going for 2 down by 4 etc) and unwillingness to lean on the RB to help the QB and you have an organization setting the QB up to fail. Watch the Colts and Frank Reich puts his QBs in positions to succeed, Peterson doesn’t do that,
    Again Wentz deserves his share of blame but the kid didn’t forget how to play QB. He’s in his own head and his coaches aren’t helping him get out of it. Holding onto the ball, having a bad base, not trusting his reads are all things that should be getting coached up. Word coming out of NovaCare is he’s being allowed to get away with bad habits in practice, that’s 100% coaching.

  12. cumhyy57 says:
    November 29, 2020 at 10:23 am
    Reich went 7-9 last year Reich never even made the playoffs as a coach before Pederson hired him

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    He actually went to the playoffs in 2010 with the Colts as the QB coach.

  13. Wentz leads the nfl in off target throws and holds ball too long he is the one and only problem just remember what happend in 2018 wentz went 5-6 foles won with same roster so it shows wentz makes everyone worse

  14. To the Eagles fans complaining about Carson Wentz, I can think of several NFL Teams that would enjoy him a great deal once he escapes from Philly!

  15. If you think Wentz is the only problem then I’m guessing you didn’t start watching football until 2017.

  16. I agree that it’s not all Wentz but you expect more out of a $100M QB. He holds the ball way too long and gets sacked often. It’s as if he wants to get sacked. Sure, his offensive line is terrible but so is the Bengals’ and Joe Burrow played pretty well behind that terrible line and even worse team. My guess is Wentz is happy cashing his paycheck and doesn’t care if they win or lose.

  17. I hope Lurie realizes he is part of the problem by being to close to his star players. You wonder why Jason Peters kept starting at left tackle? He has a direct line to Lurie.

    The biggest sin on this team besides Schwartz being to stubborn to alter his scheme to his personnel is that they tried to keep a team of aging vets together for 3 years after winning the Superbowl and kept pushing money into future years.

    This was always going to be the outcome but they thought they would win another superbowl before having to pay the piper.

    All of the above from the other posters is true as well, terrible drafting by trying to be the smartest people in the room is a primary cause as well.

  18. Simple solution,bring Nick Foles back. Have Carson start,never start Foles but bench Carson. Super Bowl!

  19. Here’s a hard lesson your learning Lurie…NEVE,EVER, EVER give a player a guaranteed contract, NEVER! If the player walks, so be it, you can always draft another without destroying your team and team cap. You paid him. Now your stuck with him.

  20. pmlang says:
    November 29, 2020 at 11:15 am
    If you think Wentz is the only problem then I’m guessing you didn’t start watching football until 2017.

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    Like when wentz went 5-6 on 2018 and foles took over same team and those problems magically went away?

  21. The problem is not only Wentz, but also Pederson. The only reason he has been to the postseason three times is because they play in the weakest division in the NFL.

    And yet we were all told that he he is the greatest coach in the history of the game after they won their Super Bowl. Laughable.

  22. The Eagles have the same problem other teams have. Their O Line is a failure (they aged out and were not replaced with youger and less fragile players)!

  23. For those mentioning Reich nick foles won without Reich thanx for proving eagles kept the wrong qb

  24. If you need a coach to be Good than your not a good qb ben Roethlisberger russel Wilson Drew Brees have had a million different coaches and they are always good qb regardless wentz single handily destroyed the eagles

  25. Wentz has not been the same QB since his injury. He does not extend plays any more. Eagles are stuck with him and his huge contract for another 2 years.

    Recent good Eagle draft picks….I can’t name any. This is on the GM. 2nd highest salary team in the NFL….Top 5 salaries…Wentz, Cox, Jeffery, Lane Johnson, Kelce…This group has under performed.

    Eagles always seem to start out games slow and usually trail by 10 points in the 1st qtr….They seem to be unprepared. This is on the Head Coach.

  26. cumhyy57 says:
    November 29, 2020 at 12:55 pm
    pmlang says:
    November 29, 2020 at 11:15 am
    If you think Wentz is the only problem then I’m guessing you didn’t start watching football until 2017.

    ************

    Like when wentz went 5-6 on 2018 and foles took over same team and those problems magically went away?

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    Every thread, same stupid comments.

    Foles did not take over the same team in ‘18. The D got several starters back and started playing much better. The O was statistically the same, the D improved. Look it up.

    But go ahead and spout your nonsense, Guessing you never actually played football and barley understand what you are looking at if you think Foles is a better QB than Wentz.

  27. Every thread, same stupid comments.

    Foles did not take over the same team in ‘18. The D got several starters back and started playing much better. The O was statistically the same, the D improved. Look it up.

    But go ahead and spout your nonsense, Guessing you never actually played football and barley understand what you are looking at if you think Foles is a better QB than Wentz.

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    You hit it right on the head. It’s glaringly obvious when those who did not play or coach football spew nonsensical stats and evaluations. I’m pretty sure that guy is Foles’ dad.

  28. If you need a coach to be Good than your not a good qb ben Roethlisberger russel Wilson Drew Brees have had a million different coaches and they are always good qb regardless wentz single handily destroyed the eagles

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    A million different head coaches? Sean Payton has been there for Brees’ entire Saints career. Carroll was there before Wilson even arrived and the Steelers have had 3 head coaches in the the last 51 years as a franchise. Stop embarrassing yourself.

  29. Not a single player returned after foles took over in 2018 and foles averaged 25 points in regular season wentz averaged only 22

  30. pmlang says:
    November 29, 2020 at 6:41 pm
    If you need a coach to be Good than your not a good qb ben Roethlisberger russel Wilson Drew Brees have had a million different coaches and they are always good qb regardless wentz single handily destroyed the eagles

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    A million different head coaches? Sean Payton has been there for Brees’ entire Saints career. Carroll was there before Wilson even arrived and the Steelers have had 3 head coaches in the the last 51 years as a franchise. Stop embarrassing yourself.

    ***********

    Sean Peyton has different offensive coordinators dummy and all those qb have had different oc. Foles won with Pederson wentz zero playoff wins

  31. Foles took over same exact team minus a few players so foles playeD with less talent around him In 2018 Wentz has healthier than yet wentz went 5-6

  32. Try again.

    Foles started games in 2018- 22.1 PPG
    Wentz- 22 PPG.
    .1 point difference

    Defense gave up 23 PPG and got .8 TO per game with Wentz
    Foles- 18 PPG and 1.2 TO’s per game.
    Did Wentz screw up the D or are you going to spew some crap they like Foles better so they played harder gave up less points?

    And they got Avonte Maddox, Tim Jernigan and Jordan Hicks back from injury. They also got Seumalo back on the o-line. But they had the same exact team right?

  33. Pola pe’a says:
    November 30, 2020 at 12:00 am
    Try again.

    Foles started games in 2018- 22.1 PPG
    Wentz- 22 PPG.
    .1 point difference

    Defense gave up 23 PPG and got .8 TO per game with Wentz
    Foles- 18 PPG and 1.2 TO’s per game.
    Did Wentz screw up the D or are you going to spew some crap they like Foles better so they played harder gave up less points?

    And they got Avonte Maddox, Tim Jernigan and Jordan Hicks back from injury. They also got Seumalo back on the o-line. But they had the same exact team right?

    **********

    Foles averaged 25 points per game in regular season in 2018 wentz only 22 foles played with a much more injured team and foles played tougher schedule offense defense and special teams played bette with foles ? Wentz single handily ruined the eagles

  34. Foles averaged 25 points per game in regular season in 2018 wentz only 22 foles played with a much more injured team and foles played tougher schedule offense defense and special teams played bette with foles ? Wentz single handily ruined the eagles

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    He only played 5 regular season games. One was a week 2 game where they got smoked by Tampa Bay. They were down 27-7 with 9 minutes in the third quarter and got most of those points in garbage time. Foles threw the ball 48 times because they were getting dominated. Then in week 17 they won 24-0 against Washington because they had given up on the season and were playing rookies to see what they had. And the 25 ppg isn’t accurate seeing as Nate Sudfeld threw the last TD pass in week 17.

  35. I can understand the owner missing this game, I too have been frustrated and chose to skip the Browns game as well.

  36. If Wentz wants to get right, tonight’s the night to start building some momentum. Seattle’s defense has been playing a little better, but if he just throws Tre Flowers’ way, especially on 3rd down, he’ll have a career night. For whatever reason, Norton has Flowers give a 15 yard cushion on 3rd down, no matter what, even if they’re in all out blitz. It’s the wildest thing ever.

  37. “Now add in Pederson’s poor game planning (1-4 out of byes)”
    __________

    Yikes. That is horrific given how much of an advantage byes are. Not only does your team get the chance to heal up and get rested but you have twice the time to prep a specialized gameplan. The best coaches are close to unbeatable following a bye.

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