I know Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie made it very clear that Executive Vice President of Football Operations Howie Roseman is going to be held responsible f0r what the Birds do in free agency and in the draft, but I think Roseman and head coach Doug Pederson have formed a partnership which is serving each of them well as they put together this year’s roster.
Roseman is going to be held accountable for what type of record this football team has in the next few years and Pederson is sitting in the same situation. They’re going to sink or swim together.
Despite the power and responsibility Roseman has been given, I give him plenty of credit for humbling himself enough to lean on and listen to the experience and knowledge of Pederson and his coaching staff when deciding what players to acquire. Trusting in their seasoned eyes for talent gives Roseman a very knowledgeable group to utilize.
Pederson is a secure type guy, who doesn’t need to get all the credit for the team’s success, so it’s much easier for Roseman to work with him than it was to work with Chip Kelly. In fairness to Kelly, I think Roseman realizes his shortcomings as a player-evaluator. He just doesn’t have years of experience in that area, so it would be foolish of him to think he’s ready to excel at this time in that area.
Roseman has his strengths but they’re not in talent evaluation. He is very adept in cap management, anticipating what rounds certain players will be drafted and negotiating contracts. His feel for the draft will come in handy during the last weekend in April. Roseman may be able to turn the Birds eighth pick in the first round into gold, by finding a desperate team during the first round in need of a quarterback or a certain player that’s still on the board at number eight.
Pederson was the number one reason Sam Bradford was resigned. From what I have heard from sources close to the Eagles, Pederson was sold on Bradford, but Roseman wasn’t nearly as high on him, but the Executive V.P. stepped to the side and let Pederson have his way. Nearly every Eagles fan knows that Pederson is also the reason Chase Daniel is here.
This quarterback tour that they’re on right now will likely come down to which of these quarterbacks, Pederson and his offensive coordinator Frank Reich are sold on. Even though Roseman may have final say, he’s smart enough to let Pederson make the call in his area of expertise.
We all know that defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is the reason that former Buffalo Bills defensive backs Leodis McKelvin and Ron Brooks were added to the roster. It wasn’t Roseman who decided on his own to acquire either one of the defenders.
Roseman is sharpening his ability to make player evaluations, while learning the nuances to look for from position to position, but right now, he’s helping the coaching staff acquire the guys they want.
As you read this, numerous members of the team’s coaching staff are on the road working out players in one-on-one situations and monitoring Pro Days throughout the country. Their evaluations will play a huge role in which players the Eagles select in the upcoming draft.
The Roseman-Pederson partnership seems to working out very well so far. It makes sense for these guys to continue to work together because their fates are tied to each other. We’ll see if they stay loyal to each other when the situation gets hot here in Philadelphia.