This time last year, Howie Roseman was bashing numbers on his office phone, yelling to anyone within earshot, asking, “How do I dial out again?” No one answered. But this year, he’s officially back running the show with a balls-out confidence we haven’t seen since … uh … Chip Kelly.
As King put it, Roseman was “consigned to an invisible fate last year when Chip Kelly took over all things football with the Eagles.” And like Napoleon exiled to Elba, Howie came back with a vengeance (Napoleon was exiled again later and died. So keep that in mind, Howie).
In the 10 weeks since taking control of the team again – mostly in the last 10 days – Howie has traded three players, re-signed five veterans, signed six free agents, got a new $6 haircut, hired Doug Pederson and his $16 haircut, and moved up five spots in the draft. But more importantly, as King pointed out, it’s about whom he kept from the Kelly regime.
Though Howie told King that his and Chip’s relationship went south over the last year – he said he “simply wanted to look forward and not rehash what happened in the Kelly days” – he did keep Shaun Huls, the sports science/nutrition/yoga guy solidifying the team’s commitment to forward-thinking.
He went to Europe, too.
“[Howie] said that his time at a British sports seminar last November gave him a chance to learn a lot from some of the power teams in world soccer,” King wrote. “[To learn] about the importance of character in team-building, and about the skills needed to meld players speaking different languages from different cultures with a team of totally different people.” Roseman trekked all the way across the Atlantic to find the people skills that Chip seemingly didn’t possess.
But King does little to dissuade the notion that Roseman is the Gilligan to Jeffrey Lurie’s skipper (and there may not be a professor around). “In the middle of your career, you can’t often take the time or use the energy to take a step back and really learn about your business,” Roseman said, adjusting his lil’ sailors cap. “But sometimes that’s the best thing for you in business—to take a step back and learn. I was given that opportunity, and Jeffrey [Lurie, the Eagles’ owner] wanted me to learn as much as I could, and for that I’m grateful.”