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NFL Franchise Notes: Lurie, Roseman duo criticized for Eagles' slow start

In Philadelphia, Jeff McLane wrote the blame for the Eagles’ 2-5 start begins “at the top with owner Jeffrey Lurie.” He “made the final call to hire” coach Nick Sirianni, and “every major decision is made with his involvement in mind.” Eagles GM Howie Roseman has survived “more head coaching fires than any other current general manager partly because he has successfully managed up.” McLane: “The co-dependent relationship at the top clearly influenced the Sirianni hire, in that it needed a coach who wouldn’t block Lurie or force Roseman out. … Roseman’s culpability, though, extends beyond the coach. Recent drafts have been subpar. Free agent signings have been spotty. The quarterback conundrum is mostly of his own doing” (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 10/25).

WORSE THAN EXPECTED: In Houston, Jerome Solomon wrote the fact that the Texans are 1-6 “is hardly surprising,” though it is the “level of futility that has caught a few of us off guard.” The club has “turned into a low-level NFL directional school,” having been “outscored 102-8 in their last three road games.” Solomon: “They are in such rare air, it is difficult to breathe. And the NFL season isn’t half over” (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/25).

TIME FOR CHANGE IN DENVER? In Denver, Ryan O’Halloran notes Broncos GM George Paton is in the “first season of a six-year contract and he inherited [coach Vic] Fangio, who is 15-24 since being hired by John Elway in 2019.” O’Halloran: “Does Paton operate under the goal of giving Fangio the best chance to succeed or start thinking ahead to 2022 and beyond?” Should Paton decide to be a seller at the upcoming trade deadline, he can “justify it by saying he gave Fangio all of the necessary tools (cornerback help, veteran quarterback addition and retaining key defensive players) to be competitive and the team hasn’t delivered” (DENVER POST, 10/26).

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