Philadelphia Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman will assume another role for the organization. He’s now, once again, the team’s general manager.
These days it’s good to be Howie Roseman. The Philadelphia Eagles vice president of football operations has come a long way from being stuffed in some small corner of the Novacare Complex while former head coach Chip Kelly ruled the roost like a mighty warlord.
Fast forward. Kelly’s been fired from not one, but two, NFL teams, and though he can be credited with Zach Ertz, Lane Johnson, and Nelson Agholor being Eagles, most of any Eagles fan’s memories of him are negative.
As we move closer to another NFL and NCAA regular season, the paths of both Kelly and Roseman couldn’t be any more different. Kelly’s at UCLA and trying to recreate what he built at Oregon. Roseman’s as close as you can get to being football royalty in the NFL.
At the conclusion of the 2017-18 season, he was named the Pro Football Writers of America’s 2017 NFL Executive of the Year. If you’re a football fan, especially of the Eagles, you’re already familiar with the role he played in constructing Philly’s roster over the past few seasons and the team’s first-ever Super Bowl that came as a result.
Now, his hard work and loyalty has been rewarded. He’s officially been named as the team’s general manager.
This is the second time that he’s held that title. He was, previously, in that role from 2010 to 2014. In subsequent moves, Philly also promoted Andy Weidl to the office of vice president of player personnel. He had previously served as director of player personnel but moves up thanks to Joe Douglas departure to the New York Jets.
Brandon Brown moves up from the office of assistant director of pro scouting to director of pro scouting. Ian Cunningham slides into the role of assistant director of player personnel from his previous position of director of college scouting.
Here’s a quote from Philly’s new GM. This one comes courtesy of the team’s official website:
"Our goal is to win with consistency and constantly compete for championships. When that happens, you lose good people. Joe Douglas did such an outstanding job for us and has such an outstanding reputation around the league that we knew we had to be prepared, and we knew that we had to have a succession plan."
Mandatory minicamp is now over for Philly, and training camp approaches. The Eagles now embrace a new future.
Douglas may be gone, and there may be familiar faces in new positions, but the most important thing is ‘The Birds’ have Roseman. We don’t figure he’ll be going anywhere anytime soon, and that’s a good thing. That’s a very good thing. Eagles fans can expect some good football for a long time to come.