Peter King went in-depth(-ish) on the Eagles-Browns trade in his MMQB this morning. There wasn’t much new or groundbreaking other than a decent high-level view of the trade, but he did speak to Howie Roseman, who quickly dismissed the notion that he succeeded, in moving up in the draft, where Chip Kelly failed last year, in his quest for Marcus Mariota:
I also addressed one thing with Roseman that has gotten traction in recent days—the fact that the Chip Kelly-regime Eagles last year could not get the quarterback he wanted in trade for the second pick in the draft (Marcus Mariota), while Roseman was able to move up to get the second pick in the draft this year to get a quarterback of the future. Kelly loses. Roseman wins. Simplistically, it’s true. But it ignores the fact that the Titans last season simply were not trading the second pick in the draft once it became apparent that the object of their affections, Marcus Mariota, was going to be there at two.
“That is not fair,” Roseman said. “Totally different circumstances. Tennessee was not trading that pick. And if you’re dealing with a team that doesn’t want to trade the pick, there’s nothing you can offer them to make them do it.”
I remember talking to then-Tennessee coach Ken Whisenhunt the night Mariota got picked, and he asserted to me that it didn’t matter what was offered. Mariota was going to be Tennessee’s pick. Roseman is not being gallant here in not blaming Kelly. He’s simply telling the truth.
Now, thought experiment: How different are the Eagles, today, if the Titans had been willing to move off the pick?