Jeff Lurie Defends Howie Roseman While Jabbing Joe Banner & More NFC East News

Brad Gagnon@Brad_Gagnon NFL National ColumnistJanuary 18, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 14:  Jeffrey Lurie, owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, waves from the field before the start of a game against the Detroit Lions at Lincoln Financial Field on October 14, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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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'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.


Dallas Cowboys

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.


New York Giants

From Giants 101: Chris Snee, who coincidentally turns 31 today, will be having hip surgery after the Pro Bowl.

From's Dan Graziano: Should the Giants consider drafting Manti Te'o?


Philadelphia Eagles

From Frank: Chip Kelly says he doesn't require a mobile quarterback.

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer doesn't get the sense Michael Vick or Nick Foles will quarterback this team in 2013. 


Washington Redskins

From Rich Campbell of the Washington Times: Receivers coach Ike Hilliard has left the Redskins to join Buffalo's staff.

CSN Washington looks at the top 10 moments of the Redskins' season.