Patrick Daugherty of Rotoworld ranked NFL GMs. Where would you think Howie Roseman would end up?
How about 13th. I think that is reasonable.
13. Howie Roseman
You could argue this is too high for one of the architects of the most disastrous free-agent class in recent memory. Roseman’s role in Philly’s ill-fated “Dream Team” will be a stain he wears until he trades in his suits for pleated-retirement khakis. But he couldn’t have bought a better detergent than Chip Kelly. Roseman replaced a weary Andy Reid with arguably the brightest offensive mind of a generation, and has put his team one step ahead of an ever-changing NFL as a result. As an evaluator and player procurer, Roseman leaves much to be desired. But Kelly provides an easy-to-follow blueprint, lessening the room for error. The degree to which Roseman is tied to his head coach is highly unusual for a modern GM. Thankfully, he’s chosen the right one — the kind that should make him look like a genius in due time.
I hate the extreme slam for the 2011 free agent signings. The Eagles felt they were very close to winning a Super Bowl. They signed a bunch of free agents to help put them over the top. The plan backfired for sure, but 2 years later the Eagles were rid of those guys. The contracts were all reasonable and the team never had to deal with any cap consequences.
Besides, injuries were a huge factor in the 8-8 and 4-12 records. It isn’t as if every player the team signed was awful. That was a failed experiment, but those comments are overly harsh.