Worries about Jeffrey Lurie
I’ve long felt the Eagles were very lucky to have an owner of Jeffrey Lurie’s caliber. Since he bought the Birds almost 27 years ago, they’ve been one of the NFL’s more successful franchises. His teams have reached the playoffs 13 times this century, the NFC championship game six times and the Super Bowl twice, winning once.
But why do I feel like Lurie’s become too much like Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones, sticking his nose too often into football decisions? Don’t get me wrong. Owners can do whatever they want. But presumably they hire coaches to coach and scouts to scout based on their competence, so let them do that.
It’s hard to keep track of all the fallout from the firing of Doug Pederson, but it sounds like Lurie was actually culpable on some of the really terrible recent draft picks, such as 2019 second-rounder J.J. Arcega-Whiteside.
And it’s too bad they didn’t just listen to the team’s scouts in 2020, who wanted to draft LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson in the 2020 first round. There’s a video of Vikings’ coaches laughing when they realize the Eagles are taking Jalen Reagor at No. 21, leaving Jefferson to fall into their laps at 22.
I have a feeling Pederson will land on his feet in a new job while the Birds are still trying to figure out what they’re doing.