Several teams have tried to set up an interview with Tom Gamble to get him to be their GM. Sounds like he’ll be staying put for now.
My sense is that Eagles VP Tom Gamble fully plans to stay in Philly. He believes in Chip Kelly's program, not ready to bolt after 1 year.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 14, 2014
People inside don't think he really wants to deal with that situation. Family is here. Think he stays MT @penseur76 latest on Tom Gamble?
— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) January 14, 2014
This is terrific news, assuming it is accurate.
Why would Gamble stay? I’ve read that his father Harry is ill. By staying in Philly for another year, Tom can spend time with his family and help them out. There will be other GM openings,
Tom staying helps the Eagles. He probably has the most extensive Pro Personnel background of anyone on the staff. That will be critical as the team makes free agency plans. Tom also was in SF when they built up a great 3-4 defense. Howie and the majority of the scouts know the 4-3, but the 3-4 is still new to them. It can take time to adjust to finding the right fits to the new scheme.
One of the problems is that most schools still run the 4-3. That means you are projecting a lot of DEs to OLBs, DTs to DEs and OLBs to ILBs. That can be tricky. Having a veteran 3-4 personnel guy like Gamble in the mix is a good thing.
Tom Gamble isn’t some irreplaceable personnel guru, but he is smart, experienced and he’s got a good eye for talent. You want to keep guys like that around as long as possible. The Eagles have some young guys in the personnel department. Gamble can use his experience to help them out, as scouts and in administrative roles.
Eventually I’m sure Gamble will leave for a GM role. He deserves it. If the Eagles are lucky, they’ll get another year or two out of him.