Coaching Candidates Don’t Like Howie Roseman

Screen Shot 2013-01-14 at 10.25.14 AMHowie Roseman in his big girl tie, screen grab of this Philly Mag article from September

Jason La Canfora, writing for CBS Sports, on why coaches may not want to come to the Eagles:

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?


This is not good. The perception of the Eagles has quickly changed in just over a year’s time. Until last October (when it became apparent that the Dream Team was terrible), the Eagles had one of the best reputations in football: a successfully run business, long-time coach, great fans, and big-name players. But since then they’ve been a laughing stock. Yet, for some reason, Lurie gave the unproven Roseman a contract extension and then a huge vote of confidence following Reid’s firing. Apparently, Lurie’s voluminous notes tell him that Roseman is capable of running operations. But Andy Reid didn’t seem to think so… and, apparently, neither do potential coaching candidates. 

Nice to see the national media is finally catching on to what so many of us already knew.


17 Responses

  1. I disagree. If you remember when the Red Sox were being built by theo Epstein, people did not think a retread like terry ran coma could get it done. Now the cubs hired him with a belief he can turn thins around. I’d rather be though of as bad for thinking outside the box as opposed to being the browns/chiefs and failing with holmgren/pioli.

  2. How do we “know” Roseman is a power hungry child running the coaches right out door, mid-interview?
    Is there a chance we may be looking at every possible candidate as this is our first HC vacancy in well over a decade? Perhaps we are trying to find another HC that could stick for awhile, and not just do what the Browns do (new HC every 2-3 yrs?)?
    I am not ready to throw Roseman under bus yet…just too early.
    I feel we should give them a few more weeks….

  3. The only thing that has me thinking Howie can be successful is the prospects of drafting good. Andy and Co. always wanted to get “fastballs with high motors” at the DE and LB and even DT positions. This often meant drafting undersized “speedy” guys that often get thrown around like rag dolls. The undervaluing by Reid in such positions as WR, S and OL was a big blow. He always thought he could take lesser known guys that seemed more like “projects” rather than the sure thing. If I remember correctly, they could have had guys like Demaryious Thomas, Earl Thomas, Eric Berry, Jason Pierre-Paul, Vontaze Burfict, and a few Alabama LB’s that have come out in the last couple yrs, etc. From what I understand is that Roseman had guys like that rated higher on his board than the rest of the staff that was doing the drafting. Maybe we will actually stop reaching at prospects and drafting with some common sense….

  4. You wanna know how I know Kyle is a class act ?
    I was privy to an email. prominent sports guy. critical of Reid/Morningwheg/playcalling.
    Out of respect, Kyle would not divulge.
    Lurie, Banner, Roseman etc don’t have a fucking clue about football.
    “Every time we call it a game, you call it a business. Everytime we call it a business, you call it a game…you’re all chikenshit cocksuckers ” – North Dallas Forty

  5. This is bullshit from a spurned candidate. Probably Gruden. It’s the goddamn Philadelphia Eagles. Coaches will give their left nut for this job.

  6. This season on Fox, a tough veteran NFL coach signs with a new team only to bump heads with his nerdy boss in the wacky new comedy Our Football Team Is Run By Jews.

  7. How do Jews who never played football in their lives come to control this team? And the rest of professional sports teams in Philly?

  8. Kelly was never leaving Oregon anyway. The guy is using NFL teams to raise his value at his current job. It’s a dickhead move, it’s not his first one either. He’s just a douche trying to squeeze Oregon for all it can pay. His system is probably wrong for the NFL anyway. With that said, I don’t think any coach wants to walk into this horrible mess in Philadelphia. This team is clearly a clusterfuck. The owner is ok, but has full faith in Roseman for some unknown reason. Roseman is going to be a failure at being an NFL GM and just about everyone besides Lurie knows it. It’s quite sad for us as fans, but it’s very true.

  9. There were 8 teams looking for a coach. So it’s safe to say it’s competitive from a hiring standpoint, as there probably aren’t 8 quality head coaches out there.
    Their top candidates have turned the Eagles down. More so that they didn’t want to coach in the NFL, not that they are moving on to another team and getting hired.
    This has been a really interesting process to watch. I ignore the Spin Doctor statements coming out of the front office. Always have. Have it from people who were employed by the Eagles right around the time Roseman got promoted that he didn’t know what he was doing. About that time there was a huge exodus of staff because they saw what was going on.
    Anyway, I don’t give a crap if it takes forever as long as the eagles get their guy. My confidence in that is dwindling.

  10. I’m thinking it’s going to be Billick and that he and Howie aren’t going to mesh all that well

  11. I’m willing to give Howie a chance, but the fact that he is a banker type guy rather than a football guy is what has me worried….

  12. Early life and education
    Jeffrey Lurie was born into wealth in Boston; His grandfather Philip Smith founded the General Cinema movie theater chain. His father Morris John Lurie married Nancy Smith, the daughter of entrepreneur Philip Smith. Morris and Nancy Lurie had three children: Jeffrey, Peter, and Cathy. Morris John Lurie died on April 14, 1961 at the age of 44. In July his grandfather Philip Smith died. Jeffrey was nine years old.
    In the late 1960s General Cinema began acquiring bottling franchises, including a Pepsi bottling operation. General Cinema evolved over the years into Harcourt General Inc., a $3.7 billion conglomerate based in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, with 23,700 employees worldwide. In its heyday it was the nation’s fourth largest chain of movie theaters, owned several publishing houses, three insurance companies and a leading global consulting firm. In 1984 Carter Hawley Hale was acquired, which was at the time the tenth largest clothing retailer in the United States, including Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman-Marcus.
    Lurie earned a B.A. from Clark University, a Master’s degree in psychology from Boston University and a PhD in social policy from Brandeis University, where he wrote his thesis on the depiction of women in Hollywood movies. He was born to Jewish parents but has spent his adult life as a non-practicing Jew.[1] Prior to entering business, Lurie served as an adjunct assistant professor of social policy at Boston University.

  13. There was a line in a piece today by Kyle’s favorite Daily News columnist Marcus Hayes where he said, and I quote: “The Birds apparently consider (Jon) Gruden toxic.” Forgive me for reading between the lines, but maybe, just maybe Jeff Lurie arrived at the conclusion I already did, that there’s no way in hell Chucky would get along with or accept Howie the Boy GM as his boss, so the Birds are spin doctoring their refusal to interview Gruden as his being incompatible with what they’re looking for in their next head coach. Who knows if there’s any truth to that article about coaching candidates steering clear of the Eagles because of Roseman, but if Lurie and company are still looking by the end of the month while other vacancies are being filled, then it’s time to worry.

  14. Yeah, we won’t consider any coach unless he can accept dealing with our overly young inexperienced GM. That’s a great fucking sign.

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