Much can change in 14 years. Think about it. Some of you who are reading this don't even have children who are 14 years old. Think of how many headaches they have given you already. We're kidding of course (sort of), but as we prepare to close the book on January, we couldn't do so without wishing the happiest of anniversaries to the best general manager in the game, our guy Philadelphia Eagles Executive Vice President Howie Roseman.
January 29th, 2019... It's a day that will live in Eagles enfamy. Tom Heckert gets hired by the Cleveland Browns. Philly takes a chance on this short guy. He wore the title of general manager, but Howie would begin his career in an advisory role to head coach and executive vice president of football operations Andy Reid. 'Big Red' had the final say in all football matters.
Yes friends, much has changed since then.
We walk into year 14 of the Howie Roseman era, and even though the Eagles have changed many times since then, we're glad he's here.
We've loved him. We have berated him. We celebrated him and tore him down publicly... And, in all honesty, our brand is responsible for both actions. How would we describe Howie's time here? We'll tell you what. We wouldn't trade him for anything, except for maybe two more Vince Lombardi Trophies.
Does he get on our nerves sometimes? Oh, he absolutely does. Is he stubborn? Yes he is. Who knows why he seemingly hates linebackers so much.
Have we given him too much credit when things go right and too much of the blame when things go wrong? Hmmm. Maybe... After all, he sometimes gets a ton of credit for cleaning up messes he makes (see the ever-fluctuating Eagles salary cap constraints). Howie gets it though. That's the job he signed up for. Make no mistake about something though. Keep this one in the back of your mind when you think about him.
No one wants to see the Birds win more than Howie. They don't hoist the Lombardi Trophy in February of 2018 without him. Here's to you kid! Now get back to work and get back on those phones. That first Super Bowl win was a long, long time ago.