Lurie and Roseman were 'mutually obsessed' with getting Carson Wentz

Lurie and Roseman were 'mutually obsessed' with getting Carson Wentz

PHOENIX -- For months, Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman has trumpeted the importance he placed on getting a franchise quarterback last April, when the team moved up to select Carson Wentz.

There was an echo in Arizona on Tuesday night. And Jeff Lurie wasn't even standing in a cavern.

"I'll say it to you this way: Howie and I thought identically on this situation, in terms of we've both been in the league a long time and when we sat down and said, where are we without a quarterback?" the Eagles' owner said on Tuesday, speaking for the first time to reporters in over a year. "We can be good. We can figure out a way to be 10-6. We can be the team that was in the playoffs against the Saints a few years ago. We can be that.

"But we were both mutually obsessed if the time came that there was a quarterback, we would be willing to do a lot because I don't know, Howie and I completely agree on this, as do probably most of you, what do you do when most teams who are 2-14, 3-13 at the top of the draft, they need the quarterback. So you are blocked, basically. That was the conundrum. That was the puzzle."

They identified the puzzle last spring and then it was up to Roseman to solve it. He used two moves -- the trade from 13 to 8 and the trade from 8 to 2 -- to make the pick happen.

Lurie on Tuesday admitted the team tried very hard to trade with the Titans to pick up the No. 1 overall pick. When the Rams moved into the first spot, the Eagles made sure they knew the Rams were going to take Jared Goff, which left their desired target, Wentz, available at No. 2. 

Lurie detailed a little bit of the pre-draft process that led to the pick of Wentz a little less than a year ago. He said the team collected 80 pages of reports and tested Wentz physically, athletically and psychologically before determining he was worthy of trading up for a top pick.

"It was a very detailed and involved process," Lurie said. "Someday we can write a book about this if it all works out."

Less than a year after the Eagles drafted Wentz, it's pretty clear the entire organizational plan revolves around getting the quarterback talent. In fact, that's why Lurie -- 23 years and counting without a championship -- seemed so accepting of being patient. It takes time to build around a franchise quarterback and the most important piece of the next puzzle is drafting talent to surround Wentz with.

Lurie tried to be cautiously optimistic on Tuesday -- "He's had a very good first year. That's it," he said -- but the Eagles' owner really seems to think Wentz can be the player that leads the team where it's never been before.

In fact, Lurie listed four reasons why he thinks Wentz can be that guy:

1. Physical talent

2. Personality and leadership

3. Football intelligence and obsession to be good

4. How he works with his teammates

"I think we've seen guys come into the league that have that and you hope he's one of those because the best quarterbacks in this league lead from hard work and being humble and they're very smart," Lurie said. "And you obviously have to have the physical talent. He's got that. Can he stay healthy? Can he continue to grow? Can he perform as we go forward, the way the curve should go? It's a hope. That's all it is. It's a hope."

While Lurie pointed out Wentz's workout before the third preseason game (when he was injured) as a defining moment in telling if he was ready to play, Lurie knew long before then that Wentz might be special.

Speaking on Tuesday for the first time since Wentz was drafted, Lurie said he remembered sitting in a room in North Dakota while Doug Pederson, Frank Reich and John DeFilippo grilled Wentz repeatedly. And Wentz had an answer for everything.

After Wentz left the room, the three asked each other the same question: Have you ever seen anything like this?

"The answer was yes, but extremely rarely," Lurie said. "I won't mention who but it's somebody who we all hope he becomes and it was one of those defining moments."

And it just fueled the obsession that led to the Eagles' getting their franchise quarterback.

Where should Carson Wentz land on NFL's top 10 list?

Where should Carson Wentz land on NFL's top 10 list?

We now officially know Carson Wentz will be somewhere in the top 10 of the NFL Network’s top 100 players of 2018. 

We just don’t know where he’ll land. 

As far as the other Eagles on the list, the Super Bowl champions weren’t extremely well-represented: 68. Zach Ertz, 69. Fletcher Cox, 95. Lane Johnson, 96. Malcolm Jenkins. 

Before tearing his ACL and LCL on Dec. 10 in Los Angeles, it seemed like Wentz was on his way to an MVP season. In 13 games, Wentz threw for over 3,200 yards and a franchise-record 33 touchdown passes. 

Wentz is the only player in the top 10 who has never been anywhere on the top 100 list before. Can he go from off the list to No. 1?

Here’s the list of players (in alphabetical order) who will be unveiled in the top 10 on Monday night. 

  • Le'Veon Bell 
  • Tom Brady 
  • Drew Brees 
  • Antonio Brown
  • Aaron Donald 
  • Todd Gurley
  • Julio Jones 
  • Von Miller 
  • Aaron Rodgers
  • Carson Wentz

In the comments below, leave your top 10 in order. We’ll see how close everyone can get. 

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Jalen Mills' charity softball game takes over Reading soon

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Jalen Mills' charity softball game takes over Reading soon

Carson Wentz held his inaugural AO1 Foundation softball game earlier this month and the event was a huge success, raising over $850,000 for charity. 

Saturday afternoon, another Eagles player has a charity softball game. 

This time, green-haired cornerback Jalen Mills will take over FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading. The home run derby starts at 1 p.m. and the softball game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Tickets are still available.

According to the website, the game will help benefit the National Youth Foundation.

As for the list of players and celebrities, several of Mills’ current and former teammates are expected to show. 

Here’s the full list provided on the website: 

Corey Clement 
Bryce Treggs
Rashard Davis
Mike Wallace 
Alshon Jeffery
Jason Peters
Brandon Graham
D.J. Killings
Rick Lovato

Other NFL players
Terrence Brooks
Kwon Alexander
Duke Riley
Tyrann Mathieu
Jamal Adams
Steven Johnson
Leonard Fournette

Other celebrities
Musical artist Fat Boy SSE
Former Little League World Series star Mo’ne Davis
Philly rapper Gillie Da Kid
Competitive eater Notorious B.O.B. 
Sports agent Drew Rosenhaus
Radio host DJ Diamond Kuts
Super fan Barry “The Hatchet” Vagnoni

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