Jeff Lurie on continuing his ownership of Eagles: 'I'm obsessed with this thing'

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Jeff Lurie on continuing his ownership of Eagles: 'I'm obsessed with this thing'

After 23 years and zero championships, Jeff 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 a press conference at the NovaCare Complex. "Not a chance on the planet. No. You can tell Wall Street forget about it."

Lurie has owned the Eagles longer than anybody since the franchise's inception in 1933.

He bought the team from Norman Braman for $185 million in 1994. According to Forbes Magazine, the franchise's value had grown to $2.5 billion in 2016.

Since 1994, the Eagles have the sixth-best record in the NFL and second-best record in the NFC at 200-166-2. They also have the ninth-most playoff wins.

But 13 other franchises have won Super Bowls during that span, including the Giants twice and the Cowboys once out of the NFC East.

Lurie said Thursday his passion to lead an NFL franchise has never waned but is stronger now than in previous years.

“You know, it’s a good question," he said. "It’s never ebbed. I’m obsessed. Literally obsessed. But when you have a young quarterback, the excitement level [is higher].

"I remember the first 10 years with Donovan (McNabb) and now the second year with Carson (Wentz). You’re on a level of excitement that even exceeds normal, and for me that's very hard, because I’m obsessed with this thing.

“It’s incredibly exciting to have potentially a very good young quarterback and what that does for the entire team and organization and your upside. Your upside is unlimited when you have that."

Lurie technically holds the title of chairman and CEO of the Eagles. His ex-wife Christina Weiss Lurie, who received a portion of the team upon their divorce, is listed as president of the Eagles Charitable Foundation.

Did Baker Mayfield, Browns run the 'Philly Special?'

Did Baker Mayfield, Browns run the 'Philly Special?'

Hmmm. That looked familiar. 

Remember that play the Eagles ran in that little game in February that helped them eventually have a parade down Broad Street? I think it was called … the "Philly Special?" 

Well … this happened on Thursday Night Football. 

I guess we’ll have to call this the "Cleveland Special." It looked exactly like the Philly Special except Jarvis Landry is a lefty, so the play was just flipped and ran to the left side of the field. 

Direct snap to Duke Johnson, flip to Landry, throw to Baker Mayfield in the end zone to finish off the two-point conversion. The Browns’ first attempt on the two-point conversion didn’t count after offsetting penalties. They came back with this to tie the game, 14-14. 

You’re not the only person who thought it looked familiar.

The Eagles can’t get too mad about the Browns taking their play. It wasn’t their play anyway. They actually took it from the Bears, who took it from Clemson. Good plays don’t stay in house. Teams are always looking to find an advantage. 

No, the Cleveland Special doesn’t have the same ring as the Philly Special. And using it in Week 3 isn’t the same as using it in the Super Bowl. But the Browns haven’t won a game since 2016 … every chance to get a W is their Super Bowl. 

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Roob (and Ray Didinger) Knows Podcast: Why Jordan Matthews over Josh Gordon

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Roob (and Ray Didinger) Knows Podcast: Why Jordan Matthews over Josh Gordon

On the latest edition of Roob Knows, Reuben Frank discusses why bringing back Jordan Matthews was the right move over a player like Josh Gordon.

Fans need to take it easy on Jalen Mills. He's a good cornerback that had a bad game.

Roob gets into the unique, almost unprecedented, relationship between Nick Foles and Carson Wentz.

Also, Ray Didinger joins the podcast and Roob and Ray answer your questions about the Eagles.

1:00 -  Matthews was the correct signing.
6:30 - Take it easy on Mills.
9:00 - Unique relationship between Foles and Wentz.
12:00 - Didinger and Roob answer your questions.
25:00 - Roob Knows stats.
27:30 - Eagles' running back situation.
30:30 - Eagles-Colts prediction.

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