A depressing piece comes from The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane, who explains that despite the Eagles posting an 11-15 record since the start of the 2011 season, general manager Howie Roseman has not only seen an increase in power, but should expect that role to expand even more.
It’s hard to decipher what is Reid’s mess and what is Roseman’s, but even with what appears to be a decent 2012 draft class, it’s also hard to suggest Roseman has done a good job.
Still, there’s this from McLane:
But Lurie has made a point since the end of last season to separate Roseman from Reid and the ultimatum he made about the Eagles’ needing to show “substantial improvement” on last season’s 8-8 record. In Lurie’s statements, it’s fair to decipher that he believes this is Reid’s 3-7 team.
When Lurie spoke at the June news conference announcing Banner’s departure, he spent as much time talking about the young “stars” he had in Roseman and new president Don Smolenski as he did about the end of an 18-year partnership with his childhood friend.
As such, it will be Roseman who aids Lurie in finding a new coach. It will be Roseman who will see his role in player evaluation increase (particularly if the Eagles go the route of the college coach). And it will be Roseman who ultimately decides the fate of this football team over the next few years.
It’s not to say that Roseman can’t do the job, but it’s hard to point to any tangible evidence that suggests he can.