Wake-Up Call: Roseman’s Role In Negotiations

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Today’s question comes from reader Christopher, via e-mail:

A lot has been written about Chip overpaying on some of these contracts, such as the potential $3 million Austin can make if he achieves his incentives. How come Howie isn’t getting some of this flak? He is supposed to be the salary cap guy now, right?

The first question posed to Chip Kelly during last week’s roundtable was about why he felt Ed Marynowitz was better suited to fit his vision than Howie Roseman.

“I think we just tried to maximize everybody’s strengths,” Kelly said. “Howie does an unbelievable job from the contract side and cap side, and we’re just moving in a different direction from a personnel standpoint.”

Based on that statement, you’re right Chris. If Roseman’s handling the cap and contracts, then the criticism over how the Eagles are utilizing some of their finances should be directed towards him. But there’s a problem with this theory: It’s extremely difficult to envision a scenario where Kelly gives Roseman even an ounce of power in these negotiations. Read more »

Ten Leftover Thoughts On the Eagles

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

It was an eventful few days for the Eagles during the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix.

We heard from Jeffrey Lurie on Tuesday, from Chip Kelly on Wednesday and had numerous conversations with other people around the league.

If you haven’t caught up on all our coverage, I suggest starting at the beginning and doing so now. Meanwhile, here are 10 leftover thoughts on the state of the Birds. Read more »

Lurie: ‘Chip Had A Vision’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

PHOENIX, Ariz. – The last time Jeffrey Lurie addressed the media, he was very clear about his intentions to bring back Howie Roseman as general manager.

“Is that a question? Yes,” he said when asked if Roseman would remain GM.

He made a sharp turn in the opposite direction just days later, bumping Roseman out of the personnel business while handing Chip Kelly the keys to the Cadillac. What happened?

“I changed my mind,” Lurie said with a laugh to open up his 40-minute session with reporters at the owners meetings Tuesday.

Or, more accurately, Kelly changed his mind. The head coach suggested it was Lurie’s call to alter the power structure. While that’s technically true — Lurie would of course have to approve such a move — this was not Lurie’s idea. It was Kelly’s. Read more »

Kelly: Front-Office Shakeup Was Lurie’s Call

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Chip Kelly nonchalantly strolled up to the podium in the NovaCare auditorium Wednesday afternoon for an impromptu press conference that lasted just under 24 minutes.

Brandon Graham was originally scheduled to take the mic, but instead Kelly made a surprise appearance and answered questions about the Eagles’ front-office shakeup, his roster decisions and the Sam Bradford trade.

The offseason got off to an explosive start in January when Jeffrey Lurie announced that Kelly would have final say on personnel decisions, while Howie Roseman would move back to the cap/contract side.

Asked about the shakeup, Kelly maintained a straight face and said that he had nothing to do with the decision, pinning the move instead on Lurie. Read more »

Riddick Offers Strong Takes on Roseman, Marynowitz

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Louis Riddick believes that the Eagles front office has been “cleaned up” with the recent restructuring and that the proper people are now in their proper roles.

The former Eagles director of pro personnel turned ESPN analyst sounded bullish on the Chip Kelly-Ed Marynowitz pairing and was candid in his remarks about Howie Roseman, his former boss.

Appearing on the Jon and Sean show on 97.5 The Fanatic, Riddick was asked about the reports of a toxic environment inside the NovaCare and how much Roseman might have been responsible for that.

“Leadership to me is all about credibility and being trustworthy, competency and being someone who people respect as far as your skills are concerned, and then the kind of impact you have on others and the kind of impact you have on the work environment as a whole,” he said. “That’s what leadership is. When you’re in a position of leadership, that’s what you have to bring to the table. When you start to hear news of it being a toxic environment, obviously you are not fulfilling those three criteria as far as I’m concerned from a leadership perspective.  So you can draw whatever conclusion you want from there.” Read more »

An Update On the GM Search

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Photo Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The Eagles have expressed interest in Packers director of college scouting Brian Gutenkunst and Ravens director of college scouting Joe Hortiz for their vacant personnel executive position, according to Pro Football Talk. But they will not have the opportunity to interview either of them.
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McCoy On Mariota: ‘We Want To Win Now’

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

During a recent appearance on NFL Network, LeSean McCoy was asked what’d be going through his head if the Eagles mortgaged their future to trade up and land QB Marcus Mariota.

“I’m not sure,” McCoy said. “Because the thing is, we want to win now. I think we have the right players in the locker room to win. Knowing how coach [Chip] Kelly thinks, he wants to win at all costs. So, you never know. He’s a good quarterback, but I think we have a good quarterback with Nick [Foles]. That’s something that we have to wait and see. That’s not my call. I think every situation is different. Some of those other teams like the Redskins, they gave up everything to get RG3. And if things don’t work out like you plan, then what? Who is to blame? There are a lot of questions going into those types of situations where you want to give up a whole draft for just one player.” Read more »

Senior Bowl: What We’re Watching

Jerome Miron / USA Today

Jerome Miron / USA Today

MOBILE, Ala. — Welcome to the Senior Bowl, where I’ll be stationed until Thursday. Here are three things we’ll be watching throughout the week.

1. Still searching for a personnel exec.

Last year, after one of the practices down here, Howie Roseman set up shop in the bleachers at Ladd-Peebles Stadium with a handful of reporters. He answered questions about the Eagles’ first season under Chip Kelly. He looked ahead to free agency and the draft. And he discussed the difficulty in scouting safety prospects. It was a casual sitdown with the GM, something that happened every year in Mobile.

But things have changed. Roseman is not even at the event this year, and Kelly is searching for his new personnel executive.

It’s been 18 days since the Eagles sent out a statement on behalf of Jeffrey Lurie, announcing that Kelly would hire his own right-hand man. But so far, the head coach has come up empty. Names of internal candidates like Ed Marynowitz have been floated out there. External candidates like Tampa Bay Bucs director of player personnel Jon Robinson have either been blocked or have declined to interview. Read more »

Weekend Reading: How Kelly Could’ve Ended Up With Patriots

NFL: Preseason-New England Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles

Before we get to the links, we saw that there were some requests for playoff game threads.

Since we’re a blog of the people, we listened and will get those up and running so you can share thoughts and comments on the action.

Now, onto the weekend reading.

If you haven’t seen them by now, here’s a series of Tostitos commercials featuring Chip Kelly. Read more »

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