The Philadelphia Eagles made it clear that they didn’t have all that much faith in Carson Wentz when they drafted Jalen Hurts in the second round last year, but general manager Howie Roseman insists that was nothing personal.
During an appearance on the WIP Morning Show on Wednesday, Roseman was asked about the Eagles’ decision to draft Hurts 53rd overall in 2020. He gave a blunt response about Wentz’s inability to stay on the field.
“We loved Carson, but we played four (six) playoff games, and we’ve needed our backup quarterback and all of them,” Roseman said, via Chris Franklin of NJ Advance Media. “It’s too important of a position not to have that. I think that just thinking about where we were at the moment, and I think it was the right thing to do. It’s a hard decision, but it was the right thing to do.”
Wentz tore his ACL late in the 2017 season and fractured a vertebrae in his back midway through the 2018 campaign.
Roseman went on to note that the San Francisco 49ers have found themselves in a similar situation, as they took a quarterback third overall this season even after Jimmy Garoppolo led them to the Super Bowl two years ago. Niners GM John Lynch has spoken openly about Garoppolo’s injury history.
There was some speculation this offseason that the Eagles don’t believe in Hurts and were looking to trade for a quarterback. However, the hype surrounding the former Alabama star has been rapidly building ahead of the season.
If Wentz becomes a star with the Indianapolis Colts, it might sting a little for Roseman. As of now, however, there is no reason to question the his decision to draft Hurts.
Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman is trying to clarify the awkward draft room video that went viral following the team’s third round selection.
Video from the draft room showed Eagles senior scout Tom Donahoe offering a reluctant-looking fistbump to Roseman following the team’s selection of defensive lineman Milton Williams 73rd overall. Roseman seemed to be somewhat exasperated in response to Donahoe. The video raised speculation about the relations between Roseman and the team’s scouts, which had appeared strained this season. There was even some speculation that Roseman had gone off his own personal draft board to make the selection, ignoring the full team version.
On Tuesday, Roseman strongly disputed that there were any issues. He suggested that Donahoe had wanted to draft defensive lineman Alim McNeill instead of Williams, but McNeill ended up going No. 72 after the Eagles traded down from No. 70.
“That’s ridiculous,” Roseman said Tuesday on 94WIP, via Tim McManus of ESPN. “Every single person on our staff has their own draft board. That’s how we write up reports. [Coach] Nick [Sirianni] has his own draft board, [vice president of player personnel] Andy Weidl has his own draft board, Tom Donahoe has his own draft board, I have my own draft board. That’s how we rank players. That’s how our system is set up, to do that.
“Discussion and debate and having these conversations, it’s OK. You’d rather have that passion. Tom’s been here for a long time. We’ve been together for 10 years, extremely close relationship. It’s OK to have tough conversations, and Tom and I have had a lot of them in 10 years.”
Roseman’s denial won’t really silence chatter about discord in the organization. There was some talk of that going all the way to the top during the 2020 season, so this wasn’t a great look for a franchise trying to dispel that notion.
Zach Ertz and the Philadelphia Eagles broke off contract talks recently after they appeared to be working toward a new deal. Ertz is understandably upset about that, and apparently he aired out some of his frustrations in front of the team.
Ertz and Eagles general manager Howie Roseman got into a “very heated discussion” after a practice this week, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. Several other Philly players witnessed the exchange.
Contract disputes between player and team happen all the time, but usually not like that. The Eagles reportedly reduced their offer to Ertz at some point, which is likely why he is so upset.
Ertz still has two years remaining on the five-year, $42.5 million deal he signed with the Eagles back in 2016. That is almost certainly why the team is not in a rush to extend him. The market for tight ends couldn’t be higher after the deals George Kittle and Travis Kelce got this offseason, so it makes sense that Philly wants to wait.
Ertz has only has one season with 1,000-plus yards receiving, but he has averaged well over 800 yards every year since 2015. He opened up about how frustrating the contract talks have been when speaking with the media this week.
The Philadelphia Eagles may not have come out and told Sam Bradford that they were looking to pick a quarterback early in this year’s draft, but executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman says Bradford could have easily connected the dots.
In an interview with “The Rich Eisen Show” on Tuesday, Roseman said the Eagles’ offseason plans were never really a secret.
“I think every time coach (Doug Pederson) and I talked this offseason we talked about drafting a young quarterback,” he said. “We were pretty out front about that. Obviously our travels were followed all over the internet about where we were and what we were doing. We were pretty conspicuous about getting a young quarterback in here.”
Roseman said he could not have predicted that the Eagles would be able to trade up to No. 2, but they wanted Bradford on the team regardless.
“We don’t tell anyone our plans about anything because we’re trying to execute our moves,” he added. “I don’t know any team that comes out and says, ‘We’re gonna take a left tackle in the first round,’ and goes out and does it. That’s kind of strange to me.”
Bradford could argue that he assumed the Eagles were looking to draft a quarterback later, using their earlier picks to build around him instead. Once Philly traded up, it became clear that Bradford is on borrowed time with the Eagles, prompting these colorful comments from the QB’s agent.
For what it’s worth, Roseman has already said Bradford is the Eagles’ starting quarterback. Pederson reiterated that on Tuesday.
The problem, of course, is that Bradford seemingly has a shelf life in Philly. The Eagles didn’t draft Carson Wentz to have him sitting on the bench for the next five years, so Bradford will likely be looking for work elsewhere when his two-year deal expires. As Roseman said, he probably should have seen this coming.
Despite the rumors of discontent surrounding Sam Bradford, Eagles executive Howie Roseman is, at least for now, sticking by his man as the starter.
Roseman appeared on Monday’s PFT Live and affirmed that Bradford is the team’s starter – for now, anyway.
“Well, Sam is entitled to his feelings but we’ve made it clear to him and to our fans that he’s our starting quarterback,” Roseman said, via Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk. “We have an obligation to think about our franchise in terms of the total picture. We’re always making decisions that are for the short term and those of that for the long term and that’s our decision here. To invest in quarterbacks is a long-term decision.”
There is, however, a caveat: Roseman wouldn’t guarantee that whichever quarterback Philadelphia takes at No. 2 would stay on the bench all season.
“I think that’s up to Coach [Doug] Pederson and his staff,” Roseman said. “That guy is gonna come along at his own pace. There’s no urgency and that’s kind of the model that Doug watched when he was here as a starting quarterback but I think we look at this for the long term and we have a starting quarterback here who we think we can win with for the short term.”
Shortly after his appearance on PFT Live, news broke that Bradford had reportedly requested a trade. He apparently didn’t buy Philadelphia’s explanation, and considering the scenario that Roseman referenced – Pederson started nine games in 1999 before being replaced by rookie Donovan McNabb – he probably has every right to be wary about his future.
The Philadelphia Eagles announced on Wednesday that they fired VP of Player Personnel Tom Gamble, signifying a change in the structure of the front office, and possibly creating an issue between head coach Chip Kelly and GM Howie Roseman.
Kelly liked Gamble and considered him a football guy, while he deems Roseman a salary cap guy.
“I think Tom does an outstanding job and if he has the opportunity to do that, then I would support him anything,” Kelly said Monday, prior to Gamble’s firing. “He’s a heck of a football guy.”
Meanwhile, Kelly described Roseman as having training with the salary cap and doing an excellent job managing it.
It is obvious that there is some tension between the Eagles executives. CSN Philly’s Geoff Mosherreported about the issues between them:
Multiple sources told CSNPhilly.com that tensions have developed between Roseman and Kelly throughout Kelly’s two-year tenure, whereas the bond between Kelly and Gamble, two football guys who think along the same lines, was tightening.
Roseman is now in control of the front office and has altered the personnel and scouting department, according to CSN Philly. This has led to speculation that Kelly, who has gone 10-6 in each of his two seasons as Eagles head coach, might not be comfortable staying in Philly for the long haul.