A Bold Eagles Move the Giants Could Learn From

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Fordham Law alumnus Howie Roseman ’00, executive vice president of football operations for the Philadelphia Eagles, was quoted in the New York Post about the team.

[H]owie Roseman decided he had to get the Eagles out of their rut. The way to do it was to be daring.

 

“I don’t know if it’s conscious that we’re just trying to be out of the box just to be out of the box, although maybe at times it seems that way,’’ Roseman said this week. “I think it’s hard to be really good in the National Football League. Sometimes you got to take risks, especially … when you’re middle of the pack and you’re not picking in the top five, it’s hard.

“When you’re in the middle of the pack, how do you take the next step? Sometime you got to be aggressive and you got to take risks.’’

This could be a lesson for the Giants, a franchise usually adverse to risks, a franchise when Jerry Reese ran the show as general manager that had little interest in shaking things up in the NFL draft. For Roseman – the Eagles’ executive vice president of football operations, fortune favored the bold.

Roseman rose through the ranks and in 2010 became the NFL’s youngest general manager. In January of 2015, though, he was stripped of the bulk of his roster-building duties, losing a power struggle with then-coach Chip Kelly. A year later, Kelly was fired with one game remaining in the 2016 season and Roseman was back in favor. He brought in Pederson – not exactly a hot commodity in the head coaching candidate pool – and in two years Roseman and Pederson have the Eagles one victory away from the first Lombardi Trophy in franchise history.

To bolster the weak wide receiver group, Roseman signed Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith. He worked a trade with the Bills for cornerback Ronald Darby and acquired running back Jay Ajayi in a deal with the Dolphins. Roseman got rid of several of Kelly’s players, shipping out running back DeMarco Murray, cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonso.

“It was about building the talent around [Wentz],’’ Roseman said., “And it’s not just offensive guys, it’s also acquiring talent on defense. You have to do that. You’ve got to be able to have those guys around your quarterback.”

“The greatest gift will be winning a world championship,’’ Roseman said, “and that will be for our organization, for our players, our coaches and Philadelphia.’’

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