PHILADELPHIA >> In the 22 years
since he has owned the Eagles, Jeffrey Lurie has demonstrated two
The first: He doesn't know how to win a
The second: He does know how to come
So with those realities in hand heading
into the 56th renewal of the Eagles' effort to repeat the success of
the 1960 team, Lurie called a standard football plan. He would go to
his strength. He would do what he did the last time he almost but
didn't cause the breakout of a parade.
Out, then, he would come with the
wrinkled blueprint. First, he would seek out a relatively young,
relatively inexperienced head coach. Then, he would shove his team
high enough in the draft to be able to choose a franchise
quarterback. Indeed, he would make it the No. 2 pick in the draft,
all the better to see that the team picking No. 1, in this case St.
Louis, could choose the wrong quarterback, allowing the right one to
seep to the Birds.
Remember: The man is a movie producer
by trade. He knows from the making of sequels.
Thus, the new cast for the remake of
Lurie's one successful football production: Doug Pederson as Andy
Reid; either Jared Goff or Carson Wentz as Donovan McNabb, with the
other as Tim Couch; Howie Roseman as Joe Banner; and Merrill Reese as
Not that it is a bad plan. Chip Kelly
was overmatched in the big leagues and spread in-house stress.
Pederson will be an improvement. Roseman paid heavily to swap
first-round picks with Cleveland Wednesday, and leap from No. 8 in
the draft to No. 2, surrendering in the transaction a future
first-round and a future second-round pick. But if the know-it-alls
are right, Goff or Wentz will be worth the effort.
“In the end, based on all the
evaluations over the last several weeks and even months,” Roseman
said, “we decided that moving up to the second pick was the right
move for our franchise.”
The last time the Eagles drafted No. 2,
it turned out fine, with a Super Bowl appearance within five years.
Even if sequels rarely match the original, Jeffrey Lurie at least
knows how it is done.