Eagles general manager Howie Roseman is making the rounds.
Thursday, he did a 35 minute, 1v1 interview with Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro, which preceded a conference call with reporters. This morning, he spoke exclusively with broadcast rights holder 94 WIP on topics ranging from free agency to the draft and some other stuff in between.
One of the more interesting exchanges was this one:
Angelo Cataldi: We sense from the outside, and we’re far outside, that there was an issue at some point between (Carson) Wentz and (Alshon) Jeffery. Is that cleared up now?
Roseman: There’s no issue with Carson and Alshon. There’s no issue, and they’ll tell you that. I think from our perspective, Alshon has to get healthy. When he’s healthy, he’s a good player, but he’s gotta get healthy, and that’s the first order of business, for him to get healthy. I think the narrative about Alshon as a player – and I just hear this, (Eagles Director of Public Relations) Brett (Strohsacker) does a great job of keeping me up to date – isn’t really fair. This is a guy who has been a really good player for us, it’s not a guy who is tremendously old, so we gotta get him healthy and get him right, and then go from there.”
It’s similar to what Roseman told Spadaro Thursday, but I guess the thing that interests me is that Roseman has now touched on the fan and media “narrative” surrounding Jeffery a few times now. Usually executives and coaches fake ignorance when it comes to these things, and say stuff like “well we don’t pay attention to that” when, in truth, they typically read everything written about them and their team in addition to daily briefings and media roundup emails prepared by the PR staff.
Still, this is the same franchise that came out and said Mike Groh and Carson Walch would be back, then fired both 24 hours later, so it’s always hard to differentiate lip service from words that actually matter.
Here’s the full interview: