PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie discussed a number of subjects in an extensive interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer on Sunday.
Here are the highlights:
On the lack of a championship despite 12 playoff appearances, five NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl appearance: "Nobody feels the sting of not winning the Super Bowl more than me or any of the people that work here.”
On allowing his coaches and personnel to make the football decisions: "I really demand from [general manager Howie Roseman], [coach] Chip [Kelly], the scouts, the people [who] do the work, have to be accountable, and they've got to make those decisions. Because they'll be better than my decision.”
On the decision to let popular safety Brian Dawkins leave in free agency after the 2008 season: “What frustrated me after was I was not explicitly aware of where the negotiations were before it was too late. I fully expected we would be re-signing him.”
On releasing three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson: “The head coach is the chemist. And if he felt the chemistry, what Chip demanded out of that position, wasn't necessarily there, then he had to make other moves. DeSean had a great career here. But I think you have to [trust] a coach who's putting together what he hopes is a very successful team and chemistry.”
On owning the Eagles for 20 years: “Other than my family and my close friends, there's nothing I love more than owning the team and doing everything I can to make it a success. That's how I live. That is me.”