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Jeff Lurie says bringing back kelly green jerseys still a ‘high priority’

Jeff Lurie says bringing back kelly green jerseys still a ‘high priority’

PHOENIX — The kelly green dream is still alive. 

At his annual availability with reporters at the NFL owners meetings, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said the Eagles are still working on finding a way to bring back the very popular kelly green jerseys. 

“We’re working on that hard. High priority,” Lurie said. “I don’t know if it’ll get done for the 2019 season, but I have some hopes for the 2020 season.” 

Lurie again confirmed their goal is to bring back kelly green jerseys as an alternate, “at this point.” 

This is a saga that has been ongoing for the last couple of years, dating back to a rule proposal from the Eagles back in 2017 that would allow teams to use multiple helmets. They withdrew the proposal before it reached a vote. That’s the holdup right now; the league prohibits teams from using multiple helmets and the Eagles’ helmet is midnight green, an obvious fashion clash with a kelly green jersey. 

This is the second year in a row, Lurie said he thought it was somewhat doubtful the jerseys would be brought back for the next season but was optimistic about the following season. 

At least one prominent player would clearly be on board. 

At last year’s owners meetings in Orlando, I tracked down competition committee chairman Rich McKay, who said the opposition to a new rule was a safety issue. It’s an antiquated rule from when the league was worried that every player be fitted correctly for just one helmet. It seems crazy that the NFL, with it’s billions of dollars, couldn’t maintain standards for multiple helmets per player. 

Last year, McKay seemed optimistic the rule would eventually change. 

Lurie, in recent years, has consistently said he wants to bring back the kelly green jerseys, but only if they have helmets to match. 

At this point, I’ll believe it when I see it. But Lurie annually keeps hope alive. 

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On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Barrett Brooks discuss DeSean Jackson’s Instagram posts and how the Eagles should move forward with discipline.

They also get into the Washington NFL franchise’s expected name change, Pat Mahomes contract and what it means for the Eagles and for Andy Reid, and the effect no preseason games will have on the brand of football we see in the regular season.

(0:52) — Reaction to DeSean Jackson’s social media posts

(16:33) — Patrick Mahomes' new contract extension.

(25:03) — NFLPA pushing for no preseason games.

(33:13) — Eagles Ultimate Team: Who’s the best running back in Eagles history.

(39:13) — Washington reviewing team name.

Chiefs' Andy Reid addresses his future in Kansas City, settles any retirement rumblings

Chiefs' Andy Reid addresses his future in Kansas City, settles any retirement rumblings

Patrick Mahomes is set to be a member of the Kansas City Chiefs until 2031 after signing the most lucrative deal in professional sports history on Monday.

Will Andy Reid also still be a Chief in 2031? The answer might surprise you.

Big Red addressed reporters Tuesday to discuss Mahomes' new deal, which can reach $503 million with different incentives and guarantee mechanisms. Because of the deal's long-reaching nature, the former Eagles head coach Reid was asked whether he also plans on partnering with the Chiefs for the long-term.

The answer? Classic Reid:

It's hard to blame the guy. 

After a successful but ultimately championship-less tenure with the Eagles, Reid's next act was always going to be an interesting study. In Kansas City, Reid has shown himself to be one of the sport's all-time great coaches, he finally won a ring, and he landed a quarterback who can help him win more.

With all that, of course Reid is excited and thinking about another decade in the NFL. Who wouldn't?

This news isn't surprising to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Reuben Frank, who mused on Monday about Reid's longevity:

The way he’s going now, I wouldn’t be surprised if Reid coaches until he’s 70. Marv Levy coached until he was 72 and Dick Vermeil until he was 69. Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick are 68, Bruce Arians is 67.

Reid isn’t slowing down. If anything, the Reid-Mahomes partnernship has given him new life.

And if consistency and success are big parts of the Andy Reid brand, so too is his self-referential humor, which Reid brought up once again on Tuesday:

You've got to love the guy.

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