With the departure of Tom Gamble, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly will now oversee the team’s personnel moves.
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A shake-up of the Philadelphia Eagles front-office has resulted in increased roles for the power players within the organization – including the team’s head coach.
The Eagles announced Friday evening that head coach Chip Kelly will now oversee the player personnel department, while GM Howie Roseman will be elevated to the role of executive vice president of football operations.
The recent departure of Eagles vice president of player personnel Tom Gamble led to the belief that there was a power struggle between Roseman and Kelly – Gamble was considered a close confidant of Kelly’s, leading some to wonder if Kelly was trying to get out of Philadelphia.
But Kelly will now run the scouting department, much like former coach Andy Reid. Kelly will also lead efforts to hire a new personnel executive that will report to him. Kelly will now pick the players and will have final say over personnel decisions.
“When I said (after the Giants game) that Howie was returning as general manager next season, I meant that,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. “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.”
“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,” Roseman said in a statement. “I believe this will solidify the trust we have all placed in Coach Kelly.”