Glen confronted him with an article which was written by Yahoo Sports columnist Michael Silver, which quoted an unnamed general manager in the league who said that Roseman “wants to make a name for himself” by fleecing somebody in a trade for Donovan McNabb.
In another quote the GM said, “Roseman is trying to be too smart for his own good.”¬† Silver wrote that general managers around the league ‚Äúwere hitting the ignore button on their phones‚Äù when Roseman called.
Obviously, somebody has started picking up the phones now.¬† They moved McNabb, although it was in the division and have worked out a a few additional transactions with other teams for players.
The critical article¬† isn‚Äôt a big deal because veterans in every industry force youngsters like Roseman to earn their stripes before giving them their respect.
I like the fact that he didn‚Äôt cry about the article because he knows he‚Äôs got to earn his stripes. The young 34 year old lawyer said he didn‚Äôt have a problem with the article because he knew that public criticism was one of the things which came along with the job.
The fact that he didn’t play football and doesn’t come from a football background is irrrelevant as long as he can find talent.
I liked that fact that he said the Eagles are urgent to find talent to help this football team.¬† They had better be.¬† Urgent is definitely the word in the NFL because you can look up and all of sudden it’s over.
They weren’t urgent in the past decade when they wasted possible Super Bowl years by deciding to go to battle with James Thrash, Todd Pinkston, Charles Johnson and Torrance Small as starting receivers, while employing a pass-oriented offense.
I along with the fan base want to see them bring in some tough and talented defensive players in this draft.¬† They’ve got the picks.¬† It’s that simple.
When I look at their defense I don’t see that much in the way of Pro Bowl level defensive talent that they have drafted.¬† Trent Cole is the only name you can say.
You can see the Eagles are putting Roseman out front as one of the faces of the football team.¬† He‚Äôs been on a number of radio shows and today, Paul Domowitch did an article about him on Philly.com.
While on 610-WIP the other day, Roseman said the Eagles were open to moving any of their three quarterbacks, but they thought the best offer they got was the one from the Redskins for Donovan McNabb.
I don‚Äôt buy it. They were not going to move Kevin Kolb.¬† The report I had made earlier in the off season about them extending his contract was based on some conversations at the Super Bowl.¬† People close to the young signal caller were down there running their mouths about being assured that he was the man for the Eagles.
I know that people run their mouths when they get a few drinks in them and they definitely made some false claims, but I‚Äôm sure somebody told somebody something which made the Kolb camp feel like he was sure to stay with the Birds.
The McNabb camp secured the same information and that‚Äôs why they weren‚Äôt surprised when he was traded.
Roseman shot down any talk of the team rebuilding, but instead said that he believes the Eagles can win the NFC East this year despite trading and releasing so many experienced veterans.¬† He‚Äôs got the right to believe that but we will see.
He expressed supreme confidence in Kolb and said they are ‚Äúsure‚Äù about him.¬† Listen to me, you can never be sure about somebody until they have gone out and done it.
When asked what his credentials were to be an NFL general manager and player evaluator, Roseman said he has the instincts to find talent.¬† He said he‚Äôs shown that ability and will continue to show it.¬† We‚Äôll see about that.
The young GM doesn‚Äôt think they‚Äôre too far away on the defensive side of the ball.¬† He believes they will be fine if they add some talented draft picks.
Concerning their need for a safety, Roseman said he thinks Macho Harris is going to take a big jump from his rookie year to his second season.¬† He says he‚Äôs getting bigger and stronger.
He talked about the presence of Marlin Jackson, who has had surgery on both knees.¬† He didn‚Äôt mention Quintin Demps, who has yet to master the defensive coverages.¬† I think those are good reasons why they should draft Earl Thomas or another safety early in selection process.
Roseman didn‚Äôt tip his hand about the left defensive end position.¬† He acknowledged over achieving and undersized Juqua Parker and mentioned them having Darryl Tapp on board.
He still believes Michael Vick will be here when the season starts in the fall.¬† He’ll be wrong about that if the Eagles get a decent offer for him.