Anybody who knows me on this blog knows that I fucks with Howie Roseman. The man has been in the top five of my Hebrew Power Rankings for months now, so all of these “reports” that he’s the main force driving away the Chip Kelly’s and Gus Bradley’s of the world is unsettling. Yet when I read these reports I can only manage to have one lasting thought: fuck ‘em.
Fuck all those coaches who want total control. We had that for the past howmany years after Andy assumed control and it’s obvious that’s not how the Eagles want to start things under a new regime. Howie Roseman is a powerful figure in the Eagles’ organization because he needs to be. Because Howie has proven in this last draft that he’s an excellent talent evaluator. Because being a head football coach doesn’t qualify someone to be a scout. And because Howie can get deals done that other GMs can’t. Remember the “Dream Team”? While it was an outset dumbshit failure decision by Big Red to assemble all those big names, it was Roseman on the phone closing those deals. Was Nnamdi an enormous failure? Sure. But it was Roseman’s wheeling and dealing that took the Eagles from not in the race to signing the biggest free agent name in years.
If Gus and his stupid name didn’t want to deal with Howie buying the groceries, then he can go coach the fucking Jaguars. I’d rather roll with a shitty coach this year and maybe next and draft/sign great players than hire an excellent coach and have him try to turn Colt Anderson and Danny Watkins into viable starters.
Keep your chin up, Howie. The draft is far more important than the coach right now.
PS – If Howie Roseman was 6 feet tall, 50 years old, and built like a linebacker this wouldn’t even be an issue. I’m convinced coaches are afraid of taking orders from a weasely 30-something whose never played football before, regardless of how valuable his input actually is.