Howie Roseman's Hand Prints Evident On Super Bowl-Bound Eagles Roster
The Eagles advanced to Super Bowl LII last night after their win in the NFC Championship, and Exec VP/Football Operations Howie Roseman, who has as "much authority over his team as any NFL executive, deserves as much credit as anyone," according to Jeff McLane of the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. When Roseman was "placed back in charge of personnel two years ago," there were "legitimate questions about accountability." But if Roseman is to "shoulder some of the blame for the dry spell" of past playoff success, he must "go to the top of the list of those who warrant praise for the Eagles’ return to prominence." No matter what happens at the Super Bowl, the Eagles are "built for the long haul." Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie said, “We found ourselves in an interesting situation where this is Year 2 you could say of the plan, right, but we have a quarterback that was advancing by leaps and bounds and a team that was playing great defense and an offensive line that was really good. And we thought, ‘You know, why can’t we win it all?’ And we took an approach where we were going to do everything possible that could help our team this year, and, at the same time, not relinquish any options going forward” (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 1/22).
FEELING ROSY: In Philadelphia, Zach Berman notes Roseman last week won the Pro Football Writers of America's exec of the year award, and yesterday's game "revealed why." All five touchdowns in the 38-7 win over the Vikings were "scored by new additions to the team this season." QB Nick Foles, filling in for the injured Carson Wentz, was "also an addition" by Roseman. Roseman has "received his share of criticism in Philadelphia, some of it deserved and some of it undeserved." But the Eagles "have a Super Bowl roster this season, and Roseman is the reason" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 1/22). In Pennsylvania, Rob Parent writes Roseman "set up this Dream Season by surrounding himself with the right people," including VP/Player Personnel Joe Douglas, Assistant Dir of Player Personnel Andy Weidl and Senior Football Advisor Tom Donahoe (DELAWARE COUNTY DAILY TIMES, 1/22).