Jeffrey Lurie believes Eagles are in a “real transition period”

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Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie decided it was best for the Eagles to move on without Doug Pederson as their head coach on Monday and said in a statement that a discussion about their “collective vision” was the impetus for the move.

At a press conference, Lurie expanded on where that discussion led him to let go of a coach who won a Super Bowl a few years ago. Lurie said the team embraced “short-term decision-making” to try to get another championship, but now finds itself in a “real transition period” with an aging, expensive roster that produced a 4-11-1 record in 2020.

Lurie said that his goal is to get back to “what we’re used to in the next two, three, four, five years” while Pederson’s focus was more on the present.

“I would say the difference in vision is much more about where we’re at as a franchise,” Lurie said. “As I said, we’re at that point. It’s a transition point and we’ve got to get younger and we have to have a lot more volume of draft picks and we have to accumulate as much talent as we possibly can that is going to work in the long run with a focus on the mid-term and the long term and not on how to maximize 2021. And it’s almost not fair to Doug, because his vision has to be: what can I do to fix this right away and what coaches can I have that can help me get to a smoother 2021?”

General Manager Howie Roseman’s recent drafts have been blamed by many for the lack of ascending players on the roster who would allow the team to compete in the short term as well as build for years to come. Lurie said his confidence in Roseman remains strong and the results of that bet will determine how long the transition will take in Philadelphia.

46 responses to “Jeffrey Lurie believes Eagles are in a “real transition period”

  1. You can’t compete with the best teams unless you can draft well. And the Eagles have not done that in years. One pro bowler in the past 6 drafts – and it was Wentz – who they gave up the farm for. Those numbers are abysmal.

  2. Can the Ravens move to the NFC East and switch with the Giants? I’d love to have them compete against Jerry Jones, Daniel Snyder, and Jeffrey Lurie each year.

  3. Sure sounds like he’s describing a failure of Roseman and the front office, yet Pederson is the one who got axed.

  4. Hey Jeffrey how long is it gonna take you to wake up and realize Howie Roseman needs to go too? How many more years of this madness? Let me know so I can check back in once he’s gone. Thanks pal. Sincerely, Philadelphia

  5. How can he say that and not fire Howie? How signed all those old, injury plagued free agents? Howie guaranteed Alshon’s contract despite Alshon also leaking team info to Josphena Anderson. Howie is the guy who has drafted dud after dud after dud. How can you fire the coach without firing the guy who assembled this team?

  6. I feel for Eagles’ fans, they’re about to get force fed a few futile years of Carson Wentz.

  7. The reason the Eagles are in need of a rebuild is Roseman’s poor performance . He should have been fired but instead gets another shot to fail again . Going to be a long time before the Eagles are legit contenders as long as Roseman is GM . At least we won’t be hearing from Eagles fans claiming how this is the year for another Super Bowl win for the next decade or so , lol .

  8. Done deal-Andy Reid will recommend Eric Bienemy to Lurie who will hire him & be disapoointed that Bienemy can’t turn CArson Wentz into Pat Mahomes.

  9. Sure, getting back to “what you’re used to”…are you SURE that’s what you want? Because the SB was the outlier, not the 2020 season.

  10. Transition into what is the real question? Roseman can’t draft and now you have the owner telling the coach what QB to play. What could possibly go wrong?

  11. So they’re not going to try win now and they’re rebuilding the roster with the guy that can’t draft.

    Window just closed.

  12. Sounds like an excuse for mediocrity. Just tell the fans the team is going to be bad for 5 years in a rebuild, so the revenue keeps lining his pockets

  13. Lurie has turned into a really low-ball owner. Shocking. 3, 4, 5 years? Let’s see how long it takes in NE.

  14. Bad ok roster plus no cap space. Yup, that’s transitional. It will take a few years to recover.

  15. Sounds like he is saying the Sunday night debacle was not something Pederson wanted to do

  16. As a fan base, I would be mad as heck if the owner basically comes out and says we are going to suck for up to five years. Now that’s not vision, that’s being blind.

  17. Lurie’s insight is the reason why the Eagles won a Superbowl.
    One superbowl.
    In like 30 years…

  18. Even if Lurie fires Roseman, what GM candidate would want that job. It’s a mess and cap hell. Any candidate would be a position like the stealers were going into the 2nd quarter on Sunday. I think Lurie gives Roseman another year to fix the mess he created and if he fails again he’s gone. Firing Pederson was a mercy firing in my view. No way Howie was going to give him the pieces to succeed.

  19. Maybe i’m reading into this wrong, but it could be that Lurie is fully ready to drop Wentz and either draft a QB or go w/ Hurts. Especially after the news of maybe hiring Hurt’s old coach.

    how else do you get a lot of draft picks?

    Eagles are definitely in a weird position right now.

  20. Transition periods to tend to occur when you cut the QB who just won you the Super Bowl, overpay a QB who didn’t win anything, immediately draft a QB in the first round, then fire your coach after one down season.

  21. You hire a coach to win now with the players they are given. Will your next coach be given 3-5 years of losing records while you “transition”? Didn’t think so. Glad I’m not an Eagles fan. This would have me very frustrated.

  22. “Jeffrey Lurie believes Eagles are in a “real transition period”

    Well you lost your Head Coach and your D-Coordinator so yeah – you kinda asked for it.

  23. How did Lurie make his fortune? He seems like an empty suit who spouts inane corporate nomenclature. The GM is the one he should’ve fired not the Head Coach. But Doug wanted out and with a boss like Lurie who could blame him? Stifling.

  24. Let me see: Reportedly, Lurie asked Pederson what his envisionment to put the franchise back on track was. Pederson, reportedly, claimed he didnt have all the answers yet. I would rate that very normal, and honest for this extremely early stage of the off season. Pederson would need time to formulate an off season ” game plan”. Normal. Standard. Then, Lurie states 24 hours later that he believes the franchise was in a transition period. ?? Well, yea, seems consistent with what the HC seemed to suggest. Bad move Eagles. Owner needs to get out of the way. Answer what went wtong with Wentz …….and you probably have 1 big solution in place. IMO, I refuse to believe Hurts is any long term answer

  25. I dont think Pederson wrecked Wentz. Something else in the equation drove the QB backwards……

  26. Told you that Roseman is deeply entrenched. Lurie is in love with him like Mark Davis is in love with Jon Gruden.

  27. dl101693 says:
    January 12, 2021 at 10:13 am
    I dont think Pederson wrecked Wentz. Something else in the equation drove the QB backwards……

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  28. What you are used to, Lurie, is losing. Pederson righted that ship for you. Stupid drafts and signings and ignoring the turnstyles up front, being cheap, is what got you where you are today. Just about every team in the league will take Wentz from you on the cheap.

  29. zukny1 says:
    January 12, 2021 at 9:42 am
    Maybe i’m reading into this wrong, but it could be that Lurie is fully ready to drop Wentz and either draft a QB or go w/ Hurts. Especially after the news of maybe hiring Hurt’s old coach.

    how else do you get a lot of draft picks?

    Eagles are definitely in a weird position right now.
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    Trading Wentz will trigger a dead cap hit of $59M according to spotrac.com . So it’s not going to happen . Next year according to the same site his cap hit would be more then his deadcap hit , $31M to $24M so the Eagles are stuck with Wentz for another year . The Eagles are projected to $65M to $75M over the cap . Based on the numbers the Eagles will either release players , eat the dead cap hit or restructure deals for aging , underperforming veterans that put them here to begin with . All in all a very bleak outlook for the Eagles , an aging , overpaid and underperforming roster that put them in cap hell at least for the foreseeable future with the same guy who created this mess still calling the shots .

  30. So you had a Super bowl Roster 3 years ago. Now you have a rebuilding roster. Thats on the GM, not the coach.

  31. Lurie is the classic example of the adage “Better to be silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth a prove to be one.” Pederson coached the players he was supplied with. He didn’t make the GM’s decisions. He wasn’t the one who had final say on “short-sighted” decisions. Pederson didn’t assemble a roster of older, highly paid, injury prone players–and fail to add significant young talent in the draft for years.

  32. Jeffrey, Thank you for firing me as now I can try to find a job coaching a team with a future. Signed Doug.

  33. Full disclosure: I’m an Eagles fan and in the past have lauded Lurie for ‘taking care of’ players who won the super bowl, and Howie getting a contract for being patient during the Chip Kelly GM year. I understand the money, the contracts, etc.
    This is not Doug Pederson’s fault. Lurie does let the least guilty leave and salvage their reputation- and get working again quickly.
    The rats are still on the ship. We’ll stay tuned and not be fooled so far.
    JMHO, but “They got a trophy, so now it must be about making money- we finally joined the NFC East (Jones/Snyder, etc).” season ticket holders beware.

  34. Where does Joe Douglas fit in the equation of bad drafts for Eagles? Waiting for Jet fans to connect the dots. Amazing how fast something can turn south. Case in point for life, strike when iron is hot!!

  35. richabbs says:
    January 12, 2021 at 7:38 am
    Can the Ravens move to the NFC East and switch with the Giants? I’d love to have them compete against Jerry Jones, Daniel Snyder, and Jeffrey Lurie each year.

    as opposed to Cleveland and Cincinnati 2 times a year thats been a guaranteed 4 wins for how many years now

  36. kt4mayor says:
    January 12, 2021 at 10:09 am
    How did Lurie make his fortune? He seems like an empty suit who spouts inane corporate nomenclature. The GM is the one he should’ve fired not the Head Coach. But Doug wanted out and with a boss like Lurie who could blame him? Stifling.

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  37. The interview with Laurie was an embarrassment to Eagles fans. That you make a statement that the Eagles and he as the owner have to look more in-depth at their drafting over the last couple of years and see all the great players they wanted to be drafted right before their pick. Hey, what about all the picks you missed on? Laurie actually thinks Roseman has done a fantastic job. He said such. What is the definition of insanity?

  38. Based on Lurie’s comments it suggests the new coach will need to negotiate a very long leash! Not a very attractive option among those available.

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