How much bad Philadelphia Eagles football will Jeffrey Lurie tolerate?

Jeffrey Lurie, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles’ CEO and chairman’s patience may be running out.

Since Jeffrey Lurie took ownership of the Philadelphia Eagles, he’s been cited as one of the league’s best. He often stays out of the media’s spotlight and out of football operations during the season, instead choosing to let the people he employs do their jobs.

Most of us who are in the workforce find that to be a great quality in a boss, however, when production drops or the company is hemorrhaging from a financial standpoint, eventually, the boss steps in to make the necessary changes to get the business running correctly, and Mr. Lurie is no exception to that rule. If you’re frustrated as a fan, how do you think he feels?

The Philadelphia Eagles have operated under a consistent model since 1994.

Since Lurie purchased the Eagles in 1994, this team has followed a specific pattern for its coaching staff. We were approaching the end of Rich Kotite’s reign, one that ran from 1991 to 1994. Kotite was allowed to walk after 1994’s season after missing the playoffs two years in a row.

He was replaced by Ray Rhodes, who remained the head coach from 1995 to 1998. Philly had winning records in both 1995 and 1996, but following back to back 10-6 campaigns, the Eagles dropped to 6-9 in 1997 and then went 3-13 in 1998. Rhodes was subsequently fired.

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Andy Reid’s run was next, and he would become, statistically, the winningest coach in franchise history. ‘Big Red’ created one of the most consistently competitive teams in the NFL, bringing Philly multiple NFC East division titles and taking the Iggles to five NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl appearance during his 14-year run.

During Reid’s last two years as the Eagles’ head coach, Philly posted 8-8 and 4-12 records, and that’s when Lurie ultimately decided to part ways with his long-time head coach. He seems to follow a trend in terms of his expectations of his head coaches.

History has shown Eagles fans that the argument can be made that, following an inexcusably bad season, like the one fans are witnessing in 2020, the boss will typically give his staff one additional season to turn things around before he looks to make changes.

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Philly fans could argue that three straight playoff appearances and a Super Bowl win has given coach Doug Pederson some breathing room. Still, given Lurie’s history with his head coaches and given the current state of the Eagles, it may only be a matter of time before Pederson is put on notice and that’s just in case he hasn’t been put on notice already.