As the hapless Cleveland Browns franchise fire their General Manager Michael Lombardi and CEO Joe Banner, the issue of stability rears its head across the NFL. The Philadelphia Eagles appear to have the key pieces in place for long term success and their main aim must be to keep stable for the next few years.
General Manager Howie Roseman is approaching his fifth NFL Draft with the Philadelphia Eagles and has been growing in to the role. The last two drafts have been successful, with players like defensive end Fletcher Cox, offensive tackle Lane Johnson and cornerback Brandon Boykin becoming solid starting players for the Philadelphia Eagles. Keeping Roseman in place will be important as the Eagles look to strengthen this already talented roster. Howie Roseman is also a young General Manager, at only 38 years old. He could be in place for decades to come.
In terms of future stability, the biggest question mark may lie at Head Coach. Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly has had an outstanding first season in the NFL. However, some media reports have tenuously linked him with a return to the college ranks, particularly when big payers like the University of Texas had an opening earlier this year. I think its extremely unlikely that Kelly returns to the college game, particularly as he has sanctions levied against him from his time in Oregon, but nothing is impossible.
Allowing Chip Kelly to build and maintain a staff of coaches may also be a challenge. We have already seen quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor leave to become the Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator, as teams look to replicate the high tempo offense delivered by Chip Kelly last season. Will the Eagles be able to hold on to other key coaches in future years?
Stability allows teams to build and maintain a positive culture. It makes the General Manager and Head Coach’s job easier, as new players and coaches become indoctrinated into the existing regime. Keeping key figures in place for a long time will allow the Philadelphia Eagles a chance to become champions. Losing people and changing the front office regularly only leads in one direction. If you want to know which way that is, ask Cleveland.
Stability is a very important thing in the NFL and there is nothing more stable than Philadelphia’s love of the Eagles. Be sure to continue supporting your favorite team and get your 2014 Eagles tickets today.
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