Jeff Lurie Defends Howie Roseman While Jabbing Joe Banner & More NFC East News
Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie might have grown up with former team president Joe Banner, but the two are now officially locked in a verbal feud between Cleveland and Philly.
Implying that Banner might have been the source of negative comments about general manager Howie Roseman, which were published in a report from CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora, Lurie first defended Roseman (per CSN Philly's Reuben Frank):
"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."
He then followed that up by taking a shot at Banner, who is now the CEO of the Browns:
"And, you know, if there are league sources that are really based in Cleveland, that's not right. We see through it all."
Banner responded with a statement, part of which read:
"Any implication that I had anything to do with Jason La Canfora's story is completely false, outrageous and borders on being libelous."
Lurie added that he still believes his relationship with Banner can be salvaged, but that's no fun for the rest of us. We'd prefer to see this rivalry grow, purely for entertainment purposes. Unfortunately, the Eagles don't play the Browns again until 2016.
On to what else is being talked about in the NFC East.
From David Moore of the Dallas Morning News: Monte Kiffin is trying to lure Rod Marinelli to Dallas.
From Charean Williams and Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson is sticking around.
From Giants 101: Chris Snee, who coincidentally turns 31 today, will be having hip surgery after the Pro Bowl.
From ESPN.com's Dan Graziano: Should the Giants consider drafting Manti Te'o?
From Frank: Chip Kelly says he doesn't require a mobile quarterback.
CSN Washington looks at the top 10 moments of the Redskins' season.
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