CBS Sports pro football writer Jason La Canfora recently suggested that the Eagles’ inability to hire a head coach had much to do with the presence and power of general manager Howie Roseman. La Canfora cited unnamed league sources who viewed Roseman as a roadblock in attracting a top-flight head coach to Philadelphia.
Those reports were challenged by local Eagles scribes such as Les Bowen of The Daily News and CSNPhilly.com’s Reuben Frank. A much-publicized pissing match ensued.
So La Canfora hopped on with Angelo Cataldi and the WIP Morning Show to share his side of the story. After he took a few jabs at the local guys, he reiterated his his story and various criticisms of Roseman.
“I’ve talked to a lot of people, have been talking to a lot of people. I’m covering all of these coaching searches, I’m not just covering one. I’m talking to multiple people everyday who have to decide, am I going to go into Philly, or am I going to go into Arizona. Or what’s the best fit, and what’s really being said here, and how much power could I have in this place or could I have in that place.”
La Confora also suggested this criticism of Roseman wasn’t a new development.
“I’ve been hearing this for a long time,” La Canfora said. “This has been coming since before they even decided to part with Andy Reid and you talked to established coaches, and you see what they’re advising people. What are younger coaches hearing from older coaches when they ask about; what do you think of this regime, what do you think of Howie Roseman, what do you think of coming in Philadelphia.”
Certainly, what La Canfora wrote and said about Roseman could very well be true. But as for his implication that the Eagles wouldn’t be able to land a well-regarded coach because of Roseman? Well, he might want to check himself on that, you know, given the Eagles just landed the most-sought after coach of them all.