Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
POSTED: FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2015, 6:40 PM
The Eagles announced a major reshuffling of their front office this evening. Howie Roseman no longer is the general manager, and Chip Kelly has the power to hire a personnel chief of his choosing.
On Wednesday, the Eagles shocked most observers by announcing they were parting ways with personnel vice president Tom Gamble, known to be close to Kelly. That move was widely seen as turf-protection on the part of Roseman, who has battled to be a big part of personnel decisions, after rising up through the contractual side of the operation. Sources have said Kelly was displeased by that move, and this evening's announcement came after a lengthy NovaCare sitdown among chairman Jeffrey Lurie, Roseman and Kelly.
Here is the complete text of the statement released by Lurie:
"Today, we made an important announcement and one upon which I would like to offer further perspective.
"In the normal process of evaluating the end of the season, I meet with key executives for thorough discussions and evaluations of all aspects of football operations. During those lengthy meetings this week, we discussed a comprehensive approach on how to seamlessly integrate the personnel and coaching departments in order to maximize every facet of the process.
"Working with Chip, Howie and Don (Smolenski, the team president) we came up with what we believe will be a more thorough and thoughtful model that would best be overseen by Chip. It’s most important that we find players that match what our coaches are seeking
"This new approach goes even further than we have in the past starting with Day One of the scouting process. This is part of an all-encompassing vision that takes you from the scouting process all the way to on-field performance.
"Howie, Chip and Don are all united in their desire to win. Together, we decided this approach was the best course of action for the Philadelphia Eagles.
"You have heard me say many times that I want strong leaders who feel free to express their opinions. And that is what happened here. Chip will now lead this process going forward with the continued full support of Howie, Don and myself.
"Chip will not be doing this work by himself, obviously. He has been charged with recruiting and hiring a new personnel executive that will report directly to him and together we will move forward with this new, highly integrated approach.
"When I said – after the Giants game – that Howie was returning as general manager next season, I meant that. But after carefully listening and reflecting on the lengthy discussions that I had with our senior team, I changed my mind.
"I have a very good relationship with Chip that continues to grow stronger and stronger. When we spoke, he was thoughtful, thorough and professional. There were no demands, no threats- quite the contrary- he was passionate, engaged and articulated a dynamic and clear vision on how this fully integrated approach will work. We look forward to seeing it come to life over time.
"Let me also stress that Howie will continue to play a vital role in our operation. He has been elevated to the role of Executive Vice President of Football Operations and received a contract extension.
"In closing, we have looked hard at where we are today and what we want to become. We are all united in our desire to win for this city."
The Eagles also released statements from Roseman and Kelly:
“Philadelphia is my home and the Eagles are my family. My number one goal is to help bring a championship to this city and that will never change," said Roseman. "I believe this will solidify the trust we have all placed in Coach Kelly."
Kelly just completed his second season, and is 20-12.
“I am very confident about where we are headed as a team and as an organization. I look forward to continue working with Jeffrey and Howie as well as the personnel department," said Kelly.
“This is not a one-man operation,” added Kelly. “It will truly take a team effort to acquire and develop the best football players and then put the best team on the field each week. It will take all of us working together."
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