Lurie: 'Every intention' to keep McNabb


Eagles owner and Boston native Jeffrey Lurie was the subject of a story in today's Boston Globe.

In the piece, he addresses his theory of owning a sports team, his thoughts on the Eagles' personnel and the future of coach Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb.

On Donovan McNabb: "Donovan has had a very good year, but it also has had its ups and downs. You have to know, in this sport, especially at the quarterback position, you're going to have your ups and downs. Hopefully the ups are predominant, and he's proven with him at quarterback, you have a very good chance of winning and winning big." Lurie added that the Eagles have "every intention of having him back" and that "he's been great to work with."

McNabb is under contract through 2010, but has said he wants to talk about a new contract and described his play this season as "great."

On Andy Reid: "With Andy's leadership, we were in four straight NFC championship games and a Super Bowl. We haven't won a championship, but the quality of coaching and the quality of the performance of the team has been at a very high level. I think if you know you have really good coaching, you want to surround it the best possible way. That's more where we're at - try to keep improving the team, try to maximize all our resources, and think strategically. It's not about making the coach the target of frustration."

On his approach and comparing it to the legendary Celtics teams: "They always regarded themselves as reaching for the top and I think that certainly influenced how I would want to function owning a sports team. You want to try to be the best and do everything possible to put yourself in a position to get there. At the same time, you never feel satisfied until you're winning the championship each year."

On personnel: "What we've often had to do is make sort of an unemotional decision of when a player is starting to descend rapidly, and put our resources into more younger, ascending players. Those are unpopular and very difficult decisions, but we've had to do that with some of my favorite players, like Duce Staley and Jeremiah Trotter and Troy Vincent."

On becoming a more experienced owner: "I think you appreciate the difficulty of maintaining success. It's based on some factors that are out of your control, such as key injuries, things that happen in a game that decide it by a foot, a yard, a referee's decision. I know I take the losses even harder than ever after 14 years. Also, I think after 14 years, you realize that a lot of what you're thinking about is what is best for the NFL, what is best for the league and its players. You're not just homed in on your own franchise."

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