Lurie On QBs And Accountability

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BOCA RATON, FL — The intent all along, Jeffrey Lurie said, was to have Howie Roseman calling the shots this offseason. And though they were open to hiring a personnel head earlier in the offseason, the “plan was always sometime in May to make that final decision.”

Reasons for lack of transparency on these subjects earlier in the offseason can be debated, but nevertheless, the truth that had been apparent for some time was finally verbalized by the owner: Roseman is in charge.

“Yes, without question,” responded Lurie, when asked if Roseman will be held accountable for the moves made this offseason. “And he’ll be accountable for how well the player personnel department does in the future because that’s an important hire going forward. It’s not just one person, it’s a department, but he’ll be responsible for the quality of that department.”

One thing that has been harder to pin down is how Lurie has held himself accountable for his handling of the organization over the last several months and years. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Another Chance For Lurie

Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

BOCA RATON, FL — Today is presumably the day where “accountability will be 100 percent acknowledged” by Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie.

The last time Lurie spoke, he refrained from clearly defining Howie Roseman‘s role and level of authority, saying that he did not want to telegraph the team’s intentions given the “competitive nature” of their search for a new personnel head. That search, as we know, set off on a path to nowhere. Even if it had netted someone, it was evident that the new hire would have answered to Roseman and not the other way around. The candidates were aware of this. There was no real need for evasiveness, other than perhaps to kick the issue down the road where the PR hit might be less severe.

To that end, mission accomplished. Read more »

Weekend Reading: Chip’s Big Move

Chip Kelly and Marcus Mariota. (USA Today Sports)

Chip Kelly and Marcus Mariota. (USA Today Sports)

In case you missed it, Fox Sports NFL insider Peter Shrager recently revealed the details of an Eagles trade that would have landed Marcus Mariota during last years NFL draft. Shrager was on Colin Cowherd’s radio show with the report.

“Last year the Eagles offered the Tennessee Titans — and I know this — a 2015 first-round pick, a 2015 second-round pick, a 2016 first-round pick, they said ‘take any of our quarterbacks’ — that’s Bradford, that’s Sanchez, that’s whoever — [and] take anyone on our defense; we want that No. 2 pick.”

As with any big move — even theoretical — the world of sports opinion was quick to support or decry the unsuccessful offer. Read more »

Roseman Talks About His Time Away

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Howie Roseman talked to Peter King of MMQB about his year away from the personnel game as a result of Chip Kelly‘s power play. Turns out, he spent much of that time studying other professional sports operations in hopes of gleaning information that would help him the second time around.

On Friday, Roseman told me that in his time away from a position of influence with the Eagles last year, he learned about the business of sport and the cultivation and development of players from franchise-runners in the NBA, Major League Baseball, NHL and the English Premier League. That’s right. He said that his time at a British sports seminar last November gave him a chance to learn a lot from some of the power teams in world soccer—Chelsea, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Manchester City—about the importance of character in team-building, and about the skills needed to meld players speaking different languages from different cultures with a team of totally different people.

“That was so valuable,” Roseman said, because player development in sports is of universal importance. “And talking to people in basketball, hockey and baseball helped a lot too. I believe experience is a great teacher. All experiences. In the middle of your career, you can’t often take the time or use the energy to take a step back and really learn about your business. But sometimes that’s the best thing for you in business—to take a step back and learn. I was given that opportunity, and Jeffrey [Lurie, the Eagles’ owner] wanted me to learn as much as I could, and for that I’m grateful. So when this opportunity came up now, I was able to hit the ground running. I’d been thinking about so much of the stuff about building a team.”

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Weekend Reading: Grading Eagles Free Agency

Rodney McLeod. (USA Today Sports)

Rodney McLeod. (USA Today Sports)

Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Here are some links to pass along following the first wave of free agency:

Bill Barnwell of ESPN sounds lukewarm on the Rodney McLeod signing, giving the Eagles a C+ for the move.

McLeod was previously part of St. Louis’ relatively anonymous secondary, which is suddenly blowing up to become the most expensive unit in league history (albeit scattered to the wind). The lesser of St. Louis’ two safeties alongside playmaker T.J. McDonald, McLeod was the beneficiary of a great pass rush, spending less time in coverage than the vast majority of his counterparts. The Eagles hope to continue that with Jim Schwartz around.

I’d be skeptical of defensive backs from the Rams for the same reasons I was hesitant with Janoris Jenkins. But McLeod has the speed for cover for mistakes at cornerback — you may remember him laying out Emmanuel Sanders with a legal hit in 2014 — and given that the Eagles are currently booked to start Eric Rowe and Leodis McKelvin, there are going to be mistakes at cornerback. At five years and $37.5 million, it’s a lot to spend on a safety, especially given the fact that Philly already gave Malcolm Jenkins a four-year, $35 million deal this offseason. The Eagles are set to spend as much on safeties as anybody else in the league over the next three years, and they’re doing it without a transcendent star like Earl Thomas. It remains to be seen whether that’s a smart idea. At the very least, it’s a better plan than hoarding resources on running backs.

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Roseman On the Importance Of Picking Eighth

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

Back in 2014, you’ll recall, the Eagles went into the draft having identified six players that they were interested in snaring. When the last of those — safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix — was plucked by the Packers one pick before they went on the clock, they moved back from 22 and ended up selecting Marcus Smith 26th overall.

Both in circumstance and outcome, things did not play out as they had hoped.

By securing the No. 8 overall pick in this April’s draft, Howie Roseman has ensured that they won’t suffer a similar fate this time around — at least as it applies to the process. Read more »

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