It’s time to blame Jeff Lurie for this Eagles mess

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This is on the owner.

The Eagles are morphing into the NFL’s biggest mess, with dirty laundry being aired for the rest of the sport to laugh at during the postseason. After a four-win debacle (including a week of debate on tanking in the NFL), the Eagles seemingly have no clue what’s happening with head coach Doug Pederson’s future, despite a full week having gone by since the end of the season.

And it’s time to recognize the biggest issue with a franchise that went from a parade to embarrassment in just three seasons: Jeff Lurie.

Lurie has built up equity in Philadelphia, and rightfully so. He’s been a good owner. The Eagles have succeeded under his watch. He’s hit two home runs (Andy Reid, Pederson) with coaching hires. His teams have won a lot of games.

But let’s not let past success overshadow what’s happening now: Lurie’s meddling tendencies are hurting the franchise, and a dysfunctional front office (accompanied by almost bi-weekly media leaks) is the result. This owner has too much power in football decisions (likely causing an erosion of trust with Pederson), enables general manager Howie Roseman (regardless of poor job performance), and now oversees a mess.

If you’re not sure of all this because of a reputation built (and for the most part earned) of being a good owner, let’s review what’s happened since Lurie fired Chip Kelly and hired Pederson. That’s when a seemingly “hands off” owner started changing his way and took back (for better or worse) his football team.

-In 2016, Lurie didn’t just greenlight the Eagles moving up the draft board to secure a quarterback of the future; he went on scouting trips to decide on which prospect would be selected. Here’s what ESPN wrote about the Eagles falling for Wentz during the draft process: “An Eagles contingent -- Pederson, Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman, offensive coordinator Frank Reich, quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo and owner Jeffrey Lurie -- visited Wentz in Fargo, North Dakota.”

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