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The Obsessive Duo

Jeffrey Lurie and Howie Roseman have been totally obsessed with football since childhood. Both sat in their bedrooms conducting fantasy drafts and player moves for years. Lurie wanted to own The New England Patriots and Roseman wanted to be General Manager of The New York Jets. Jeffrey Lurie and Howie Roseman never played in a football game. Both men were supported by their family in their obsession, neither having to actually work at a real job. Jeffrey Lurie and Howie Roseman are now living their childhood fantasy running The Philadelphia Eagles.

The Philadelphia Eagles development and success since Jeff Lurie purchased the team in 1994 has been attributed to Joe Banner, Christina Weiss Lurie and Andy Reid.

Joe Banner played an integral role in transforming the Eagles into one of the most successful and progressive organizations in professional sports, both on and off the field  "Joe plays a crucial role in most everything we accomplish. His determination, intelligence and desire for success are invaluable assets to the Philadelphia Eagles," said Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie. "He's a great team player, unselfish and wants what's best for the franchise, our fans and our players." 

Banner left the team in 2012 and became CEO of the Cleveland Browns.

Christina Weiss Lurie spearheaded the club’s efforts to become a leader off the field, as well as on it. Christina was instrumental in the creation and design of Lincoln Financial Field, the club’s state-of-the-art stadium and the NovaCare Complex, the club’s corporate headquarters and training facility. She was the driving force in the Eagles’ involvement in the important causes of breast cancer and environmental awareness.

In 2012, the couple announced that they were divorcing. In August 2012 Jeffrey Lurie and his wife of 20 years, Christina, quietly settled their divorce.

During Andy Reid's 14-year tenure, Reid has compiled the best win total (120), winning percentage (.609) and playoff victory total (10) in team history. He captured six division titles and five trips to the NFC Championship game. During this period, no other franchise earned more divisional playoff round appearances  and only Bill Belichick's New England Patriots exceeded Philadelphia's (5) conference championship game appearances with . Reid also sent 19 players to 44 Pro Bowl appearances, the highest total for any team in the NFL during that period.

Andy Reid was "relieved" of his coaching duties on December 31,2001.

Jeffrey Lurie has ended his relationships and parted ways with the people most responsible for The Philadelphia Eagles development and success since he bought the team. In one case the reason was obvious in the others not so much.

Today the Philadelphia Eagles are an awful a team with no heart, no "character" and with no championship possible in the coming years. Can Howie and Jeffrey change the dismal destiny of the team? Only time will tell.

The New Coach

On January 16, 2013The Philadelphia Eagles hired Chip Kelly to become the head coach. He was the head coach at the University of Oregon. During his four seasons at Oregon, he led the team to three Pac-12 Conference championships and four BCS game appearances. Kelly is a native of New Hampshire, and attended Manchester Central High School and earned his Bachelor of Science in physical education from the University of New Hampshire in 1990. He played quarterback at Manchester Central and defensive back at the University of New Hampshire. He has been in coaching since 1990. 

New Hire -vice president of player personnel

The Philadelphia Eagles have hired Tom Gamble to be vice president of player personnel. 

Gamble spent the previous eight seasons with the defending NFC-champion San Francisco 49ers, including the last two as director of player personnel. The move was announced Wednesday.

Gamble will work in both the college and pro personnel departments.

Gamble began his NFL career working for the Eagles in 1988 and stayed until 1994, serving as a college scouting administrator, area scout, contract negotiator, and director of pro scouting. Gamble worked for the New York Jets as a defensive assistant/quality control coach from 1995-96. He became a pro scout for the Baltimore Ravens in 1997 before joining the Indianapolis Colts as a college scout from 1998-2004. 

Credit: NY Daily News

His father, Harry Gamble, was the Eagles' president from 1986-95.

Say it Ain't So Joe

Jason La Canfora

Jason La Canfora

In January 2013 CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora did a story on Eagles GM Howie Roseman. He wrote that Roseman was "drunk with power" and "woefully out of his depth,", La Canfora says there is  "a growing perception around the league that Roseman lacks  nuance and foresight, and is  turning people off with how drunk with power he's become."

It was only natural to assume La Canfora's sources were coming from Cleveland. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie voiced those suspicions to Comcast Sports Network  Philadelphia, pinning the quote on Joe Banner, who was Lurie's boyhood friend and second-in-command in Philadelphia for nearly two decades before leaving to become Browns CEO. "I'm very supportive of Howie, and if there's any criticism coming from afar about Howie, it's just off-base, and so I will support Howie completely, because that's not right," Lurie said. "And, you know, if there are league sources that are really based in Cleveland, that's not right. We see through it all."

Joe Banner replied -"It is always difficult to comment on a quote that may or may not be accurate or in context. In this case, from the comments which Jeffrey made that were communicated to me, it is necessary for me to make this clear, unambiguous statement. Any implication that I had anything to do with Jason La Canfora's story is completely false, outrageous and borders on being libelous."

"I had absolutely no conversation with Jason La Canfora. Having demonstrated my character over the last 44 years to Jeffrey and the last 14 to Howie, it is beyond disappointing that they would suggest such a thing. As tempting as it is to go further, other than defending myself, I will continue to take the high road on all such matters as I have since the day I left the Eagles."

What happened between childhood friends Joe Banner and Jeffrey Lurie??????? How does Howie figure in this "breakup"??