During the Andy Reid era, Eagles chairman Jeffery Lurie preferred to remain silent during the season, saying it wasn’t his place to talk about on the field matters during the season. Lurie seems to have adapted and switched that mindset in the first year of the Chip Kelly era, as he did an exclusive interview with CSN Philly’s Geoff Mosher yesterday where he discussed many burning topics on the Birds.
Among the issues that Lurie addressed was the Eagles quarterback situation (I don’t really know if you can call it a controversy at this point), and his feeling on the Eagles long-term future at the position.
“We need someone to step up, whether it’s an existing young quarterback or somebody we go out and acquire,” Lurie said in an exclusive interview with CSNPhilly.com. “We know — this is no secret — quarterback is the [ultimate] position and the most important difference-maker.”
Although we all know that the Eagles need a drastic improvement in the level of play at quarterback position, it is refreshing to hear that Lurie recognizes that and is on the same page as the fans.
“We want to have very healthy, high ability at that position, with excellent leadership and a lot of smarts and a lot of moxie. Someone that really can take that position and run with it,” Lurie said. “And so Nick is going to have a great opportunity to showcase what he’s done. He’s had some outstanding games and he’s had one poor game.
Fole’s performance last season is irrelevant to me. He was playing with a team that had quit on Andy Reid and was depleted due to injuries and a lack of talent. In a lot of senses he still isn’t playing on a roster that has a surplus of talent, but to have any chance to be in the Eagles long-term plans Foles has to make the best of what he is working with.
Keep in mind, Foles won two games impressively, albeit against two teams that were winless at the time, and showed promise before laying an egg and getting concussed against the Cowboys two Sundays ago. So to eliminate Foles from the long-term quarterback discussion because of one bad game would be foolish, and Lurie realizes that.
“Time will tell. I think it’s really wide open for those that are on the team and it’s wide open for what our strategy might be if we don’t have it. But it’s a No. 1 priority. We’ve got to solidify that position in a really good way.”
I guess that quote leaves the door open for Michael Vick because he is “on the team”, which was really the only requirement he needed to meet to be in the discussion. But I think this quote was directed towards Nick Foles, who because of his age, has a legitimate shot at being the Eagles long-term quarterback.