"Who had the final say in firing Tom Gamble?!" Lurie looked right at McLane. "It was my decision," Lurie said unemotionally. And so it went, the demanding and the answering and the parrying. Say this for the media: They got answers to questions everyone in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley have been asking for two months. Kelly didn’t trust Roseman as a football guy. Lurie fired Gamble. Lurie gave Kelly full control over the football operations. LeSean McCoy wasn’t the style of running back Kelly preferred. "It was all my call," said Lurie, beginning his time on the Arizona griddle. "I’ve lived through a lot of divisional championships, a lot of playoff appearances, a lot of final four appearances. But our goal is further than that. We want to deliver a Super Bowl. Sometimes, maybe I’m influenced by the notion that it’s very difficult to get from good to great. And you’ve got to take some serious looks at yourself when you want to try to take that step. It’s a gamble to try to go from good to great because you could go from good to mediocre with changes. But I decided it was important enough to adopt the vision and philosophy of integrating the scouting with the coaching on a daily basis. … Chip had a vision of exactly how we could get from good to great. And I thought it was a really sound vision. He’s a very bright guy. He’s all about football. He’s all about wanting to win big. It made so much sense."http://mmqb.si.com/2015/03/25/philadelphia-eagles-jeffrey-lurie-nfl-mailbag/
There will be increased security at the gates this season including the use of metal detectors. Please be sure to arrive early to ensure entry before kickoff.Portland Timbers 2015 STH mailing
"On turf, it’s about playing off second balls, tackles, interceptions, loose balls," Bradley said. "It’s not a day for putting together a million passes and necessarily playing through the midfield. It’s about putting good balls forward and moving your lines."http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2014/03/15/toronto-fcs-ryan-nelsen-thrilled-jermain-defoes-opening-act-im-not-surprised
@franckck: It looks like I came to PDX for no reason. I wanted to put my cleats on, but it wasn't up to me. Some people forget easily. #AncoraImparoTwitter
Preseason starts mañana! Look forward to seeing everyone. And welcome Ryan Miller to PDX.
"its not fun being traded, i thought i worked hard enough and left enough for the club for hopefully wanting them to want to want me... a lot of factors were the reasons for the trade which is part of the business and you understand that in the job. And like you said it gives me a new chance to see a different part of the world the only drag on it, is moving is not very fun." "I was bummed too, but they didn't see me in their plans apparently and you just have to about it business like." - Eric Brunnertwitch.tv/broomsweeper chat while Eric Brunner played video games
...Gavin Wilkinson is a really innovative General Manager in Portland, he is very smart and it doesn't shock me at all he is the innovator here and be the first guy to acquire someones Home Grown Player rights. I tip my hat to Gavin, I think he is a real bright guy, who's an innovator, not surprised he was the first one to pull off a deal like this.Garth Lagerway praises Gavin Wilkinson on Extra Time Radio (http://www.mlssoccer.com/extratime at the 33:22 mark)
I think we’ve pretty much decided on the name, and we’re working with one of the Timbers Army members who is a quality designer on a team mark and logo.Merritt Paulson, during the halftime of the USWNT match on 11/28. Read more at The Equalizer.
Just got off phone with Santa Clara coach. He believes Timbers are trying to claim Erik Hurtado's Home Grown rights. MLS to decideFrom J.R. Eskilson's twitter account (from Top Drawer Soccer) https://twitter.com/JREskilson/status/253531086062239744