After announcing the extensions of Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman through the 2022 NFL season, owner Jeffrey Lurie made himself available for a quick press conference. It was his first media availability since the owners’ meetings back in the spring.
Lurie limited questions to the nature of the extensions for Howie and Doug, but naturally, the discussion on the Super Bowl winning head coach and Super Bowl winning general manager bled into another focal point: winning Super Bowls.
“Our goal every year is to win the Super Bowl. I can’t tell you how terrifically positioned I think we are. It’s a tough, tough league. I couldn’t be more fired up myself.
It’s clear that Lurie thinks he’s finally concocted the correct formula—not only for success, but for sustained success. When discussing the qualities that he felt characterized the Howie/Doug dynamic, he emphasized the collaboration, the aggressive mindset and willingness to take risks, and the innovation.
Over and over again, Lurie lauded Doug and Howie’s willingness to work together, as well as hire other experts with whom they would work. In the Eagles organization, the positional coaches talk to the area scouts; everyone is integrated and comfortable with the direction of the organization, and that cohesion is a direct result of Howie and Doug’s example.
Lurie also took time to commend the work that Roseman did on his sabbatical—a year of exile that’s discussed through rose-colored glasses now that there’s a Lombardi in the mix.
Now, before [the year off], we had had two very successful seasons obviously with Howie as a GM. I think we were in double digit wins both seasons, and then took the year to really have that happen.
He learned so much in that year, and he was able to combine everything he brought with a much more, as I said, a much more collaborative and appreciative way of dealing with everybody in the organization.
It’s interesting to still hear references that undoubtedly hearken back to the difficulties of the Chip era. Roseman’s studies during that sabbatical have been well-documented, and they did heavily lean toward analytics, roster building, talent evaluation, et cetera. But what Lurie identifies as the big change in Roseman is the inclusion he now champions inside the organization.
There’s no doubt that Lurie takes a great amount of pride in his bringing of two questioned hires together and building a Super Bowl champion. Both still young and hungry, the duo of Howie and Doug is clearly the best horse onto which to latch any team in the NFL—and Lurie has put his faith in them firmly in the checkbook.
Let’s go win another won.