Whether its been Andy Reid vs Joe Banner, Joe Banner vs Howie Rosman, or Howie Roseman vs Chip Kelly, the team’s leaders have rarely been on the same page with one another, and have even more rarely been able to work cooperatively with one another. This has led to a lot of blown draft picks, and generally mediocre performances on the field, with the Eagles making the playoffs just once since 2010.
After the latest front office restructure, Jeffrey Lurie has once again restored Roseman to power, giving him final say over all decisions. But this time, Lurie claims a greater focus has been made on putting together a team that collaborates well with one another. The club’s intention was to hire a personnel chief to work with Roseman a year ago, but the team was unable to make their hire until after all of the major portions of the offseason had been completed.
With Douglas now in charge of the scouting department, it will be he who sets the team’s draft board. The question is, how much will Howie, who has long desired to be respected in league circles as a personnel guy, listen to Douglas’ input?
Roseman has acknowledged over the last year that he himself needed to improve upon maintaining his relationships with the people he works with. He’s also commented that the team needs to do things differently than they’ve done in the past. Hopefully Roseman can be taken at his word, and the franchise understands that they’ve made some serious errors in the past.
The Eagles can’t afford to have any more power struggles go down. The in-house fighting has absolutely trickled down from the front office and to the roster in the past. There are a lot of reasons that this franchise hasn’t won a playoff game since 2008, and has made the playoffs only once in the last six years. Putting together a competent front office capable of working with one another and making quality, informed decisions would go a long way towards putting the Eagles back in the right direction.