Eagles GM Howie Roseman goes from hot seat to catbird seat in less than one year
Ive always said the life of an NFL general manager is a roller coaster — lots of ups and downs.
But youd better have more ups, or youll be out.
Theres no better recent example than Eagles GM Howie Roseman.
Roseman at one point (age 35 in 2010) was the youngest GM in the NFL. He worked with owner Jeff Lurie to hire Chip Kelly as coach in 2013, and two years later, Kelly gained full control of football operations at Rosemans expense. Stripped of his GM title, Roseman was demoted to cap and contract guy.
A year later, Kelly was fired amidst a 7-9 season, and Roseman was back in the saddle as GM — from the penthouse to the outhouse and back.
Only this time, Roseman found a coach in Doug Pederson who just wanted to coach and not play GM as Kelly did. But Lurie made it clear: Roseman had to produce a playoff team in short order, or he would follow Kelly out the door.
Opportunity knocked in the form of the quarterback-clueless Browns, who traded the 2016 second overall draft pick to the Eagles and Roseman.
Philadelphia trading several high draft choices in order to gain the right to select Carson Wentz was a bold move, as he was a talented quarterback but was questioned for coming out of a non-Power 5 school in North Dakota State.
But Roseman and his player personnel staff, led by Joe Douglas along with Pederson, believed in Wentz to the extent that they traded starter Sam Bradford to the Vikings late in the preseason to open the door for their young QB.
After the Eagles finished last season a lackluster 7-9, Roseman was on the hot seat, but he was granted another year because he had a coach and quarterback in their rookie seasons.
Now, Wentz is blossoming and leading the teams dramatic change in fortune. The Eagles are coming off their bye week at 8-1, the best record in the NFL.
Roseman, meanwhile, has gone from that hot seat to the catbird seat. He is my choice for midseason NFL Executive of the Year.
More important to Roseman is that his Eagles can virtually clinch the NFC East after just 10 games with a win Sunday night at Dallas, which would put them four games ahead of the Cowboys with six to play.
The Eagles will catch the Cowboys in a vulnerable position this week due to the absence of Ezekiel Elliott. Even if All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith returns from his groin injury, he may be limited.
After Smiths replacements gave up six sacks to the Falcons Adrian Clayborn alone last week, the Cowboys better hope Smith returns against a solid Eagles defensive line.
Trading up and drafting Wentz is the most visible move Roseman has made, but as with any winning GM, he has made many other key decisions to turn around the Eagles’ fortunes.
They signed Alshon Jeffery in free agency this year (34 catches with five TD receptions) and traded for a top corner in Ronald Darby. Two weeks ago, they acquired running back Jay Ajayi, who ran for 77 yards on eight carries in the win over Denver, in a trade with the Dolphins.
But Wentz is leading the charge with 23 touchdown passes and only five interceptions. He looks cool, collected and mature in his second season.
He has a live arm, is aggressive but smart with his throws, and is a better runner than most realized. Wentz ranks third in the league in passer rating, and he is one of the leading candidates for league MVP.
Other astute Roseman draft picks paying big dividends this year are wide receiver Nelson Agholor and tight end Zach Ertz on the NFLs fourth-ranked offense, plus defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, end Brandon Graham and linebacker Nigel Bradham on the leagues 10th-ranked defense.
I have a keen understanding of what Roseman has gone through in recent years. As Vikings GM in 1998, I had helped build a highly successful team that had been to the playoffs seven of the eight prior seasons. (Roseman and Kelly had a division winner in Kellys first season).
But like Roseman, I had a coach in Dennis Green who wanted to be coach and GM, plus a new owner in Red McCombs who let it happen even after we had a great organizational dynamic as we built a 15-1 team.
So I was off to Tennessee and, fortunately, was part of a Super Bowl team the next season.
Perhaps Roseman will have a similar fate and wind up in this seasons Super Bowl. He knows there will be plenty of tests throughout the rest of the regular season.
Besides the Eagles’ two games against the Cowboys, they have tough road games back-to-back against the Seahawks and Rams in early December. They also host the Raiders on Christmas night.
Roseman knows a great regular season is nice, but the demanding fans in Philadelphia have a deep playoff run and a Super Bowl trip on their minds.
He does, too.
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Seat Leon Cristobal – New tech could stop you from being arrested and fined, here’s why
Seat has revealed the new Leon Cristobal which it claims is its safest car yet. The Spanish car manufacturer has packed the modified Leon model with a range of innovative safety systems and technology.
These features have been developed and added to reduce causes for accidents including drink-driving. One of these features is called ‘Drive-lock’ and a breathalyser which drivers will have to pass before the car will even start.
This has been added to stop drink-driving from occurring. Motorists who fail the test will not be able to start the car.
If the driver tries to swap with a sober passenger they will be caught out by the car’s rear facing camera. Test results appear on the car’s centre screen of the infotainment system, which the breathalyser is attached to.
The display mirror has also been improved with the use of a rear-facing camera which will apparently give a clear view of what is behind the car.
There are also sensors in the door which will vibrate if they sense somebody or something next to the car such as a cyclist.
In addition to this a black box is fitted which records images and data if a traffic incident occurs and a ‘guardian angel’ mode which deploys all 15 of the car’s safety systems. Finally, parents will also be able to control how their children use the car.
Through and app they’ll be able to warn their kids about speed limits and even set a maximum limit for the car.
At the moment the Cristobal is just a concept car but the technology is thought to start being rolled out into the company’s mainstream over the coming years. .