The hiring of Tom Gamble as vice president of player personnel by the Philadelphia Eagles is arguably the best move this franchise has made and quite a long time. Yes, it could be bigger than talking head coach Chip Kelly out of staying in college. Gamble, who spent the last decade as an executive with the San Francisco 49ers, is that football guy Philadelphia desperately needs.
The 2010 and 2011 drafts were both disasters and are a big reason why the Eagles have gone 12-20 the past two seasons. Gamble brings credibility to an organization that relied on the judgement of former head coach Andy Reid for far too long. It appears that owner Jeffrey Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman have quite a plan in place to bring the Eagles back to NFL prominence, and that has started with Kelly and now Gamble.
You can see why the Eagles made the move to hire Gamble who is one of the most highly regarded personnel directors in the league. Just look at what the NFC champion 49ers have accomplished within the last two seasons. The 49ers’ 2011 draft alone produced such players as Aldon Smith, Colin Kaepernick, Chris Culliver and Kendall Hunter, all of whom Gamble was given credit.
When Roseman was given the authority to run the Eagles’ franchise, many questioned his football pedigree because unlike a lot of his peers, Roseman came straight from business side. He had to learn virtually everything about players and coaches from Reid. However, once Reid was let go, all eyes were on Roseman to carry to the torch and that seemed scary to Eagles Nation.
Roseman was apparently very aware of this, so he went out and acquired perhaps the best man available to help him evaluate talent. Gamble will be a big help to the head coach as well, although Kelly has probably coached against most of college football’s best players. A lot remains to be seen as to what happens in Philadelphia. For it is a team coming off a miserable 4-12 record, but you must give Lurie and Roseman credit. They finally have a football guy and what used to be a glaring weakness has instantly become a strength.