Eagles Wake-Up Call: Three New Candidates

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Add three more names into the mix.

According to Adam Schefter, the Eagles have requested to interview Miami’s Chris Grier, Jacksonville’s Chris Polian and Houston’s Brian Gaine for their open personnel executive position.

Grier spent the last eight seasons as the Dolphins’ director of college scouting and has been with the organization 15 years in all. The son of former Patriots’ vice president of player personnel Bobby Grier, he got his start as an intern with New England before being hired full-time there. Grier reportedly interviewed for the Jets’ general manager job on Tuesday.

Polian is in the family business as well. He is the son of longtime general manager and current ESPN analyst Bill Polian. Chris served as the Colts’ vice president and GM from 2009-11 before joining the Jaguars as director of pro personnel.

Gaine currently serves as the director of pro personnel for the Texans. The 41-year-old was part of the Dolphins, Cowboys and Jets scouting departments before joining Houston last year. He recently interviewed for the Bears’ general manager job, per reports.

There have now been seven men linked to the Eagles’ opening. Ed Marynowitz, Sheldon White, Chris Ballard (reportedly won’t interview) and Eliot Wolf have also reportedly drawn interest.


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One major reason the NovaCare Complex became a revolving door for talented executives, according to several people who have worked under Roseman, is because working with Roseman can be unbearable, especially in times of adversity…

Scouting isn’t an exact science. Even great franchises like the Patriots, Steelers and Packers have made plenty of bad first-round picks and bust free-agent signings, but sources said Roseman was so driven by fear of failure that he didn’t stick to the process and quickly turned on his staff when problems arose.

Roseman was also distrustful of his staff, fearing that underlings would try to climb the ladder and snatch away his job the same way he did as he worked his way up the chain for 16 years. His paranoia either drove other talented executives away or landed them pink slips. That’s why guys like Jason Licht, Marc Ross, Tom Heckert, Louis Riddick, Tom Gamble and others had short careers with the Eagles as Roseman worked his way up.

“He’s not a leader,” one person who worked under Roseman said. “He’s an authority figure.”

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Mark Sanchez


As far as backups go, he’s more than practical. But he should get a chance to compete for a starting job elsewhere.

Matt Barkley


He could return if the Eagles can’t find a later-round draft prospect, but it may be time to move on.


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