Eagles owner Jeff Lurie on Thursday held an impromptu press conference and addressed several topics. In case you missed any of the stories (all linked below), here are the highlights:
Postseason or bust? Lurie refuses to reveal season expectations
Despite a potential franchise quarterback entering his second year, despite offseason acquisitions like Torrey Smith, Alshon Jeffery, Tim Jernigan and first-round pick Derek Barnett, and despite a roster that's so healthy all 53 guys practiced this week, Lurie refused to say he has postseason expectations for the 2017 Eagles.
"I see us as a team with an excellent blueprint, great opportunity, terrific direction, but we're in Year 2 of the plan," Lurie said.
Lurie: 'I have real, total confidence in Howie'
Howie Roseman's resume in seven years as Eagles general manager includes no playoff wins. It lists just two postseason appearances in his first six years as GM. It features 56 players drafted (not including this year), only three of whom have made a Pro Bowl (Jason Kelce, Nick Foles, Fletcher Cox).
That's enough for Lurie, who gave Howie Roseman a rousing vote of confidence Thursday in a rare meeting with the Philly media.
Lurie wants to host draft again, but Super Bowl a long shot
Jeff Lurie made it pretty clear he'd like for Philadelphia to host the NFL draft again.
And he'd like to host a Super Bowl too — but he's far less optimistic about those chances.
Is Colin Kaepernick is being blacklisted? 'It doesn't work that way'
Lurie refuted the notion that NFL teams are "blacklisting" free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick. At the same time, Lurie was either unable or unwilling to say whether the Eagles would have any interest in signing Kaepernick should quarterback become a need.
"I think the definition of 'blacklist' is some discussion amongst people to not hire or not approve or something like that," Lurie said. "I've never had a discussion with anybody.
"It doesn't work that way. There's no communication. We're very competitive against each other, the 32 owners. I don't reveal anything. They don't reveal anything. There's no discussion that ever takes place about any player. In my 23 years in the league, I've never heard any discussion of a player like that.
Lurie on continuing his ownership of Eagles: 'I'm obsessed with this thing'
After 23 years and zero championships, Lurie is as committed as ever to remaining the owner of the Eagles.
Lurie said Thursday that as his ownership tenure nears a quarter of a century, his passion for the position is higher than ever and he has never entertained any notion to sell the franchise.
"Oh my God, no," Lurie said in an interview following the press conference. "Not a chance on the planet. No. You can tell Wall Street forget about it."
Lurie 'would love' to bring back kelly green unis
Lurie revealed at the NFL owners meetings in March he would like to see kelly green reintroduced as an alternate colorway. The roadblock, Lurie revealed, is league rules currently forbid players from using multiple helmets, which means while the Eagles could go to kelly green pants and jerseys, they would be stuck with midnight green helmets.
Lurie reiterated on Thursday he wants to see the retro kelly green to make a return, and is actively trying to get the rule changed.
Lurie calls shots at Doug Pederson 'clickbait' and 'hot takes'
Doug Pederson might want to send Mike Lombardi a fruit basket. Because now everybody has come to Pederson's defense.
On Thursday, Eagles owner Lurie added himself to the growing list.
"First of all, those comments, you guys call it clickbait or hot takes," Lurie said. "That's how I saw that."