In stark contrast to a Jason La Canfora’s report earlier in the week that suggested Eagles general manager Howie Roseman was the roadblock in the team hiring a coveted head coach, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports that not only was Roseman not the problem, he’s the one who sealed the shocker of a deal to bring Chip Kelly to Philadelphia at last.
In addition to debunking lingering reports that suggest Kelly initially balked when he wasn’t offered full authority over team operations, Rapoport writes that Roseman’s frequent contact with the Oregon head coach was ultimately what changed his mind.
“What method did Howie Roseman use? Recruiting 101, per source. Push, push, pull away, give them time to think…push again,” he tweeted.
In a separate tweet, Rapoport added, “I’m told #Eagles communicated to Chip Kelly he was their No. 1 priority. For the past week.”
This may not be convenient in terms of supporting the whole “Howie Roseman is incompetent” narrative that’s seem to pervade local talk shows for the better part of the past two weeks, but why let the facts get in the way of some good uninformed bashing. This is Philadelphia, after all.