It’s a question that will be both understood and dismissed by the Philadelphia Eagles and their fans. Should Howie Roseman be on some sort of hot seat?
He constructed both the “Dream Team” and the Super Bowl roster. He landed key players when it seemed like the Philadelphia Eagles had no money to spend on talent. He overspent and ran through the team’s purse like a teenager with an increase in his allowance when Philly’s cap was in better shape. Ladies and gentlemen, Robert Louis Stevenson’sStrange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde isn’t a classic fictional tale. It’s a premonition, and the subject of Stevenson’s foreshadowing is Howie Roseman.
Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, he’s the executive vice president and general manager of the Eagles, and depending on who you’re hanging around, bringing his name up when you’re around Eagles fans will evoke several opinions, especially now. Just as recent as the current free-agency signing period, Philly ran through a $40 million purse like swiss cheese, but they failed to land everyone from Byron Jones to a go-to receiver.
What’s worse is no one can truly say, outside of landing cornerback Darius Slay, who was brought here in a trade, that this team is any better at any position where they had a need. Meanwhile, they’re less than $5 million away from running out of cap space.
Some of what you’ll hear about Roseman is flattering. Some of what you’ll hear won’t be. It just comes down to who you hang around. What’s crazy is you can make a case for the validity of everyone’s opinion, whether it be positive or negative.
What’s to be expected is this. If we all get to watch football in 2020, Roseman’s name will come up if you’re an Eagles fan. The question is should we do so and make him the subject of our ire, or should we look upon the Pro Football Writers Association’s Executive of the Year for 2017 more favorably? Here are arguments for and against placing him on the hot seat.