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Jeff Lurie has 'real, total confidence' in Howie Roseman

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Jeff Lurie has 'real, total confidence' in Howie Roseman

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 Jeff Lurie, who gave Roseman a rousing vote of confidence Thursday in a rare meeting with the Philly media.

"I think Howie has done a tremendous job," Lurie said. "I have real, total confidence in Howie."

Roseman became general manager in 2010, was stripped of his power after the 2014 season as part of Chip Kelly's ill-fated power play, and then reinstalled as the team's primary architect immediately after the 2015 season.

The Eagles' last playoff win came in 2008, and their only postseason appearances since Roseman became the NFL's youngest general manager seven years ago came in 2010 and 2013.

The current eight-year gap without a playoff win is the franchise's longest since 1981 through 1991 and the three-year absence from the postseason is the Eagles' longest since 1997 through 1999 and equals the longest since 1982 through 1987.  

But Lurie heaped heavy praise on Roseman, especially for the series of moves that simultaneously jettisoned several of Kelly's non-performing acquisitions and also led to the Eagles drafting quarterback Carson Wentz with the second pick in last year's draft.

"The last couple years, [he's made] remarkable franchise-changing decisions," Lurie said. "As I've said before, it is not easy to not tank and be able to accomplish the goals you want to make in the NFL. It's so hard to get quarterbacks.

"The maneuvering, the use of assets the way we did, the identification of the one player that we had a lot of confidence in, Carson Wentz, at a time when other teams all needed quarterbacks, that's just one of many, many key things that Howie, the player personnel department, analytics, everybody has participated in.

"Ever since then, it's been one domino after another in terms of smart moves. Really happy with the additions this offseason, as [I was with] last offseason.

"The way he structured the Sam Bradford contract allowed us to retrieve a first-round draft choice and a fourth-round draft choice. [That's] very hard to accomplish in this league. We also didn't have a lot of assets to be able to trade up in terms of getting Carson for that No. 2 pick. We were not a 2-14 team. We were going to be drafting 13. How do you get there? How do you get up there? We could get to eight. It was a double move. Very rare.

"When you look back on the last couple years, very impressive performance. I couldn't have more confidence in Howie."

Roseman has indeed been active signing players, acquiring players, trading players, recouping draft picks and overhauling the roster. Yet the Eagles are one of only 12 teams in the NFL that hasn't won a playoff game over the last eight seasons.

When will all the moves translate into something tangible? Lurie wouldn't say how much time Roseman has to turn all this potential success into actual success.

Roseman has certainly been busy. The Eagles' 53-man roster that goes into Washington this weekend includes 18 players who weren't on the team last year and only 21 who were here as recently as 2015.

But this is also the eighth-oldest team in the NFL and most of their top established players — Cox, Darren Sproles, Jason Peters, Brandon Graham, Malcolm Jenkins, Alshon Jeffery — are all in their sixth year or later.

Lurie spoke of Roseman's ability to build both a team that can win in the short-term while still building for the long-term.

"That's also not easy to do in the NFL," he said. "What we've been able to do I think this offseason is really improve with a lot of good, young players [and] position ourselves to be able to have the flexibility to re-sign every good player we have, and at the same time adding some one-year players that are very good players, like Alshon Jeffery and Timmy Jernigan, where you have the ability to potentially have their rights, extend them, see how they are, and go forward.

"We've taken the philosophy that we can try to find a way to get a franchise quarterback, and then try to really maximize both the short-term and the long-term as best you can. Consistently, every decision for the short-term has been where we don't sacrifice any midterm or long-term flexibility. That was the absolute standard that we believed in and do believe in."

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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