Report: Howie Roseman Has Too Much Power With Eagles
This isn't the first time Howie Roseman's role within the Eagles power structure has been question.
It does make for the first legit supporting evidence, from Jason La Canfora [CBS Sports]:
I wish I had a dollar for every time someone told me one esteemed coach or another advised one of the Eagles' top candidates not to take the job precisely because of Roseman's presence there. Roseman isn't the general manager they should tie their wagon to. It's clear Chip Kelly wasn't leaving Oregon for anywhere unless he had a large measure of control over the organization, and owner Jeffrey Lurie has already entrusted that to Roseman. There has been trepidation by some candidates to go all-in given the questions about this existing power structure.
The rumblings about Roseman lacking nuance and foresight, about him turning people off with how drunk with power he's become, only grow louder as his coaching search grows stranger.
Now, the Eagles would tell you they are right where they thought they would be in this search, now going on Week 3. They'll tell you they just wanted to talk to a bunch of bright football minds and do their due diligence. All part of the process. They didn't really want Chip Kelly or Bill O'Brien or Doug Marrone or Brian Kelly, anyway. Riigghht. Sure. I mean, if you couldn't get anyone to take your job or work with you, wouldn't you indulge in the same revisionist history?
Earlier in the column, La Canfora writes that some red-flag signings like Nnamdi Asomugha and Jason Babin -- even though they were clearly misused. Little unfair.
Then again, perception is everything. And it seems the perception with Roseman is that he makes for a less-than-favorable general managerial partner.
Same, then, goes for the Eagles coaching job.
Hopefully the lust for power doesn't apply to coordinator types like Seattle's Gus Bradley and Denver's Mike McCoy. We'll see.
Though it seems like that's why the team might have begun targeting retreads, especially ones like Brian Billick and Lovie Smith, neither of whom ran operations in Baltimore (GM Ozzie Newsome) and Chicago (GM Jerry Angelo) like Brian Kelly, Bill O'Brien and Chip Kelly reportedly wanted to in Philadelphia.