Not unlike many fans, Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie is frustrated with his team.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie for the first time in years — and perhaps ever — didn’t travel to his team’s road game at the Browns last Sunday. Lurie’s frustration with his team has been mounting, and his absence in Cleveland was widely believed by many at the NovaCare Complex to primarily be an extension of his feelings, two team sources said. The Eagles, through a spokesman, said that Lurie didn’t attend because he was being overly cautious, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, because he was planning on visiting his mother on Thanksgiving. [...] Lurie also has been at recent practices and has left various workouts early out of disgust, the sources said.
ESPN’s Tim McManus is confirming McLane’s reporting.
Lurie, 69, has been advised to be cautious as it relates to travel amid the coronavirus, so possible he skips more games over the remainder of the season.— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) November 28, 2020
First of all, I’d like to say that Lurie not wanting to travel to Cleveland during a pandemic to watch his awful Eagles team is very relatable. I wouldn’t want to do that, either! The on-field product is miserable right now. The long-term direction of the franchise isn’t looking any better. There doesn’t appear to be light at the end of the tunnel.
And so it’s entirely understandable why Lurie is frustrated. That he is, though, is certainly not good news for the likes of Doug Pederson and/or Howie Roseman. One would think Lurie’s disappointment is going to result in major changes this offseason. It might reach the point where he decides to clean house. A fresh start might be the only way to fix this mess.
The Eagles still have five games left this season, including Monday’s matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. A win moves Philly back to first place in the NFC East. But clinching one of the worst divisions in NFL history might not (read: shouldn’t) be enough to save anyone’s job.
And while winning the NFC East is “possible,” it seems even more likely that the Eagles could lose out to finish the year. Maybe they win one game but there will almost certainly be more losses than wins en route to an overall losing record.
Lurie’s frustrations will only grow as the Eagles continue to struggle. An overhaul could be in store once the season ends.
At the very least, it’s nice to know he’s paying attention.