The optimism simply comes with the new regime that’s now in place. It was easy to cringe the last couple of seasons knowing general manager Howie Roseman as the key evaluator of talent. One must feel a sense of relief now that head coach Chip Kelly and new VP of player personnel Tom Gamble will accompany Roseman to the combine and facilitate the scouts throughout the college pro days up until April’s NFL Draft.
Although the Eagles have been on record saying that Gamble will report directly to Roseman, we all know who has the better pedigree at this point.
The combine can be a bit overrated as to which players to select in the draft two months later, but there’s comfort level entrusting football men such as Kelly and Gamble to interview potential candidates for the Eagles’ future. Kelly knows what he coached against going 46-7 in the college ranks. Gamble is highly regarded as a top talent evaluator in the league.
This is not to say that Roseman is inadequate when it pertains to choosing the next team representative for the Pro Bowl, but the perception in Philadelphia is that Roseman is that business guy who’s great at crunching the numbers, but in the eyes of many, Roseman still has to earn his stripes to be taken seriously.
He also has to get out from under the shadow of former head coach Andy Reid, now in with the Kansas City Chiefs. There even remains a debate as to whether which guy botched the bad drafts of 2010 and 2011. However, the 2012 draft in which Roseman takes full responsibility looks much more promising.
Nonetheless, Eagles fans have great reason to look forward to the new collaboration Kelly, Gamble and Roseman as the three men in position to turn around the franchise.