Eagles shakeup gives Chip Kelly more power, new job title for Howie Roseman
In a shakeup of the Philadelphia Eagles' structure that gives more power and pressure to coach Chip Kelly and job security and a new title and less clout for Howie Roseman, owner Jeffrey Lurie announced major changes.
Roseman is no longer general manage. He's now the executive vice president of football operations and will direct contract negotiations, salary cap management and NFL strategic matters, while overseeing tmedical staff, equipment staff, etc..
Kelly is in charge of the player personnel department. He will lead the effort to hire a new personnel executive. So, Kelly has personnel matters and control of the 53-man roster all under his thumb.
“We are a good football team and we believe these steps will help make us a great team," Lurie said in a statement. "That step - from good to great - is the most difficult one for any organization to make. To do that, sometimes you have to step back and really look hard at where you are today and what you want to become."
Roseman had been general manager since 2010, but isn't known as a football guy. He's known as more of a bean counter.
“Philadelphia is my home and the Eagles are my family. My number one goal is to help bring a championship to this city and that will never change," Roesman said. "I believe this will solidify the trust we have all placed in Coach Kelly."
Kelly has won 10 games twice, but missed the playoffs this season.
“I am very confident about where we are headed as a team and as an organization. I look forward to continue working with Jeffrey and Howie as well as the personnel department," Kelly said. “This is not a one-man operation. IIt will truly take a team effort to acquire and develop the best football players and then put the best team on the field each week. It will take all of us working together."
Here's a lengthy statement from Lurie on why he made changes:
"Today, we made an important announcement and one upon which I would like to offer further perspective. In the normal process of evaluating the end of the season, I meet with key executives for thorough discussions and evaluations of all aspects of football operations. During those lengthy meetings this week, we discussed a comprehensive approach on how to seamlessly integrate the personnel and coaching departments in order to maximize every facet of the process. Working with Chip), Howie and Don we came up with what we believe will be a more thorough and thoughtful model that would best be overseen by Chip. It’s most important that we find players that match what our coaches are seeking. This new approach goes even further than we have in the past starting with Day One of the scouting process. This is part of an all-encompassing vision that takes you from the scouting process all the way to on-field performance. Howie, Chip and Don are all united in their desire to win. Together, we decided this approach was the best course of action for the Philadelphia Eagles. You have heard me say many times that I want strong leaders who feel free to express their opinions.
"And that is what happened here. Chip will now lead this process going forward with the continued full support of Howie, Don and myself. Chip will not be doing this work by himself, obviously. He has been charged with recruiting and hiring a new personnel executive that will report directly to him and together we will move forward with this new, highly integrated approach. When I said – after the Giants game – that Howie was returning as general manager next season, I meant that. But after carefully listening and reflecting on the lengthy discussions that I had with our senior team, I changed my mind. II have a very good relationship with Chip that continues to grow stronger and stronger. When we spoke, he was thoughtful, thorough and professional. There were no demands, no threats - quite the contrary - he was passionate, engaged and articulated a dynamic and clear vision on how this fully integrated approach will work. We look forward to seeing it come to life over time. Let me also stress that Howie will continue to play a vital role in our operation. He has been elevated to the role of Executive Vice President of Football Operations and received a contract extension. In closing, we have looked hard at where we are today and what we want to become. We are all united in our desire to win for this city."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun