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11 Eagles observations from Jeffrey Lurie’s owners meetings press conference

On the quest to repeat as Super Bowl champions, Doug Pederson, Carson Wentz, analytics, and more.

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Philadelphia Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie was questioned about a number of topics during his 46-minute press conference on Tuesday evening at the 2018 NFL owners meetings. Here are some observations about what he had to say.

Lurie’s got some jokes

Lurie began his presser by joking he forgot to wear the Mummer outfit that Jason Kelce wore when he delivered an epic speech and unofficially became the new mayor of Philadelphia at the Eagles’ Super Bowl parade.

The impact of the Eagles’ Super Bowl win is not lost on the team’s owner

Before he even started taking questions from reporters, Lurie discussed the Eagles’ Super Bowl win at length.

Lurie is already obsessed with the idea of repeating as Super Bowl champs

You gotta love this attitude.

It’s unclear if the Eagles will visit the White House

A few Eagles players (Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long, Torrey Smith) have already said they plan to skip the White House visit that typically accompanies winning a championship.

Lurie donated to Hillary Clinton’s campaign leading up to the 2016 election so we’ll see if he accepts Donald Trump’s invitation.

Bringing Kelly Green back is still a work in progress

In case you missed it, we already detailed Lurie’s comments on the Kelly Green jerseys (CLICK HERE). In short, the Eagles are still waiting for the NFL to approve an alternate helmet.

Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman received high praise

Pederson should have been Coach of the Year. Roseman won Executive of the Year. Their efforts led to a Super Bowl win. They deserve a ton of credit.

Lurie declined to say if he plans to extend their contracts, citing that he never publicly talks about those matters.

The Eagles love their quarterback situation

Lurie spoke highly of Wentz at last year’s meetings, but he didn’t quite anoint him at that point. Now he’s clearly all in on the Eagles’ franchise quarterback. How could you not be?

Lurie also spoke very highly of Foles. I thought the way he talked about Foles’ value relative to teams trying to select quarterbacks in this year’s draft was interesting, though. He discussed the certainty of Foles versus the uncertainty of those prospects.

Lurie also endorsed Nate Sudfeld as a player the organization is high on.

The Eagles realize that the NFC projects to be a really tough conference

The Rams added Ndamukong Suh, the Vikings added Kirk Cousins, the Packers are getting Aaron Rodgers back, the Saints still have Drew Brees, and so on. Philadelphia has their work cut out for them. Repeating won’t be easy, which is why the Eagles really need to have a strong offseason and get Wentz back healthy.

The Eagles don’t seem like they’re considering moving on from Michael Bennett

After hearing Lurie, Howie Roseman, and Doug Pederson speak about Bennett, my sense is that they’re standing by him as the veteran defensive end faces a felony charge.

Lurie was impressed by how the Eagles’ injured players contributed to the team after getting hurt

Lurie said Wentz played a vital role in assisting Nick Foles. Same thing with Jason Peters mentoring Halapoulivaati Vaitai at left tackle.

Lurie is looking forward to the Eagles-Jaguars game in London