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Phil Savage gains some influence in Philly

Though former Browns G.M. Phil Savage remains only a consultant with the Eagles, he has done enough good work for the team to give him the juice to help land a job for one of his former employees.

The Eagles have hired former Ravens and Browns scout Daniel Jeremiah, who spent the 2009 season and most of the 2010 offseason using his experience as a scout to build a promising niche in the media world as a draft expert.  He had amassed more than 18,000 Twitter followers on his “MoveTheSticks” account, and he had become a semi-regular on some of the ESPN pre-draft programming.

Previously a production assistant at ESPN (and still closely tied to men like Chris Mortensen), Jeremiah’s connection to Savage through Jeremiah’s father, prominent evangelist Dr. David Jeremiah, landed Daniel his initial NFL job in Baltimore.  Jeremiah then was hired by the Browns when Savage became G.M. there.

Jordan Ranaan of CSNPhilly.com points out that Jeremiah’s Twitter account and corresponding website abruptly have disappeared.  And possibly for good reason.  Ranaan recalls that Jeremiah was conspicuously pro-Eagles.

“He liked the trade for former Browns linebacker Ernie Sims,” Ranaan writes.  “He is a big
Kevin Kolb supporter.  He believes Donovan McNabb is overrated.  He thinks
Stewart Bradley is a Top 5 middle linebacker in the NFL.  Tight end Clay
Harbor was one of his favorite guys in the draft.  He believed Daniel
Te’o-Nesheim was one of the most underrated players in the draft.  He
expressed his admiration for the overall organization and praised their
draft.”

Jeremiah was wise to get out of the media business once he went to work for the Eagles.  Even if the Eagles would have allowed it, his audience would have regarded Jeremiah as an extension of Eagles.com blogger Dave Spadaro — a paid employee of the team who surely will be saying only good things about it.

But the deeper question, in our view, is whether Jeremiah pulled the plug on his media ventures from the first moment he decided to try to get a job with them.  Once Savage was hired as a consultant, did he and Jeremiah discuss whether Savage would try his best to get Jeremiah back in to an NFL job?  And did Jeremiah write good things about the Eagles knowing that he had a good chance at scoring a job with the team after the 2010 draft?

One league source with knowledge of the Savage-Jeremiah dynamics believes that getting Jeremiah a job was one of Savage’s priorities once he landed in Philly, and that Jeremiah undoubtedly was aware of that effort.

We’ve got nothing against Jeremiah.  He seemed to do a good job — although our sources who are current NFL scouts and front-office personnel have conditioned us to be generally leery about fired NFL scouts and front-office personnel who show up in the media, especially when their agenda seems to be parlaying a media platform into getting another NFL job.  But this phenomenon raises real questions about what the fired scouts and front-office personnel may have secretly cooking behind the scenes, and whether that is influencing the opinions they are providing.

That’s why the most credible former scouts and front-office types (and coaches, for that matter) are the ones who are willing to say, “I’m out, and they’re not gonna pull me back in.”

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27 Responses to “Phil Savage gains some influence in Philly”
  1. jj jones says: May 27, 2010 12:09 PM

    Savage was a complete disaster in Cleveland. He left them with Joe Thomas and nothing else.

  2. The Real Shuxion says: May 27, 2010 12:09 PM

    “He liked the trade for former Browns linebacker Ernie Sims,” Ranaan writes.
    ——————————————————
    I would make a comment about Sims playing for Detroit but hell, not like it makes a huge difference. Both teams sucked.

  3. Ravenmuscle says: May 27, 2010 12:15 PM

    Can’t you clowns get anything right?
    Ernie Sims came from the LIONS…NOT the Browns

  4. FSUBrowns9510 says: May 27, 2010 12:16 PM

    Ernie Sims played for the Browns?
    What century was this in?

  5. Hpac says: May 27, 2010 12:18 PM

    If that last line was supposed to be a GFIII/Silvio Dante reference, it was a swing and a miss.

  6. Citizen Strange says: May 27, 2010 12:21 PM

    I slugged my way through the first two and a half paragraphs but by that time my axles were in the mud and I just stopped dead.

  7. DawkinsEffect says: May 27, 2010 12:23 PM

    Simms was with the Lions, but its ok since both teams sucked

  8. fuhgyou says: May 27, 2010 12:23 PM

    He clearly had media work before becoming a scout, having worked at ESPN. So again You make a story out of nothing.
    Maybe rather than he having a pro eagle bias, you’re showing that you have a little of the opposite

  9. dlew2191 says: May 27, 2010 12:31 PM

    Jeremiah Trotter, seriously? Ernie Sims as a Brown was bad enough.

  10. ZombieRevolution says: May 27, 2010 12:33 PM

    “…although our sources who are current NFL scouts and front-office personnel have conditioned us…”
    Wow- plural- you have more than one source. Your readers- sources with knowledge of organization (PFT)- have been conditioned to question the validity of your always unnamed sources. Especially when players call you out and you fail to show (Steve Smith is waiting).
    If PFT has access to so many sources why in the name of whatever would Florio have picked the Redskins to go all the way last year?

  11. LetsGoPens says: May 27, 2010 12:45 PM

    While his father’s connections may have helped him get into the NFL, don’t forget about his most important crediential:
    The dude was a starting QB at Appalachian State. How do you not mention that in the background info?

  12. daffy87 says: May 27, 2010 12:47 PM

    It’s only going to make things worse for Philadelphia the more power Savage gets.

  13. TheVillain112 says: May 27, 2010 12:50 PM

    DJ did a create job providing information. Regardless of how biased it might or might not have been. He was definitely a lot more accurate than anyone else on ESPN or NFL Network for that matter.
    He was one of the first to talk about how at least 4 CB’s would be taken in the 1st round. He was dead on there.

  14. TheDPR says: May 27, 2010 12:51 PM

    Phil Savage absolutely sucked in Cleveland. I can’t imagine how he finagled another NFL job, let alone getting jobs for his friends, too.

  15. vegassquire says: May 27, 2010 12:54 PM

    Who helped draft this piece, Roger Moore or Oliver Stone? Is Kitty Kelly still around?
    Do you think a team as successful as the Eagles would hire McShay or Kiper? Do you see Notre Dame or NBC all over Kiper for that brillant Jimmy Clausen”phony” build up?
    People who know, know the people who do and those that don’t. That is why this guy got a job with the Eagles and other guys are making book purchases and back room deals with Agents and players family’s to promote them why claiming to be “non-biased experts.” Allegedly of course.

  16. ClevJimbo says: May 27, 2010 12:55 PM

    Ernie Sims never played for the Browns.

  17. Dixon29 says: May 27, 2010 1:00 PM

    Savage is a no talent goofball. Any “executive” who wears a denim cap with sneakers to work has more than just something wrong with them.

  18. 90ragtop says: May 27, 2010 1:14 PM

    Cliff notes of original article?

  19. Bucfs says: May 27, 2010 1:18 PM

    Ernie Sims played for the Browns and Mike Florio hasn’t sold out to NBC

  20. El Perro says: May 27, 2010 1:20 PM

    Ernie Sims played in Detroit and was traded in that 3 way trade with Denver, Philadelphia and Detroit… Where does this knucklehead writer get he played in Cleveland???

  21. DT79 says: May 27, 2010 1:23 PM

    Phil Savage thought JaMarcus Russell was going to be a superstar. That’s all you need to know about him.

  22. Opie says: May 27, 2010 1:33 PM

    @ Florio says: “That’s why the most credible former scouts and front-office types (and coaches, for that matter) are the ones who are willing to say, “I’m out, and they’re not gonna pull me back in.”
    __________________________
    Exactly why?
    You parlayed your independent blog into a “behind closed doors” deal with NBC.
    There are numerous postings that illustrate your bias towards one or another and numerous postings that illustrate your penchant for disliking certain teams & players.
    So, I’m just curious, why would it be that you dislike what this guy did?

  23. BrownsClown says: May 27, 2010 1:40 PM

    In many ways Savage is like Midas. Difference is whatever Midas touched turned to gold, whatever Savage touches turns to crap.
    Savage having more say with the Eagles can only please Dallas, Washington and New York.
    His track record in drafting is poor; his trading track record is worse.
    Get rid of him and all his friends!

  24. pgcd3 says: May 27, 2010 2:09 PM

    Ex-coaches and players are constantly used as analysts. Many of them are looking for jobs and probably have an agenda subconsciously or consciously. It seems ridiculous and biased to single this one guy out.

  25. fordlaw says: May 27, 2010 2:10 PM

    When JaMarcus is signed to play QB for a team and Brady Quinn is signed to back Russell up then we will know that Phil Savage is now in charge of an NFL team – hope its a team that I don’t like – maybe Buffalo !?!

  26. december says: May 27, 2010 5:08 PM

    Exactly why?
    You parlayed your independent blog into a “behind closed doors” deal with NBC.
    There are numerous postings that illustrate your bias towards one or another and numerous postings that illustrate your penchant for disliking certain teams & players.
    So, I’m just curious, why would it be that you dislike what this guy did?
    ———————————————
    Cause that guy got a gig with an actual NFL team, while Florio is still just the same nerd writing biased blogs. Correction: not the same nerd…make that NBC sell-out nerd.

  27. BBB82 says: May 27, 2010 6:59 PM

    Ranaan gets paid to make mistakes like that?

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