Eagles hire Tom Donahoe, shuffle scouting department

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Former Bills and Steelers executive Tom Donahoe is returning to the NFL.

The Eagles announced Thursday that they have hired Donahoe to be the team’s senior football advisor. Donahoe was the director of football operations in Pittsburgh from 1991 to 1999 and he was the General Manager and president of the Bills from 2001 to 2005. Donahoe’s exact responsibilities aren’t clear, but he’ll likely play a role similar to the one that former Browns General Manager Phil Savage filled for the last couple of seasons.

In addition to Savage, the Eagles recently lost two scouts. Ahmad Russell left to join Ryan Grigson, the former Eagles director of player personnel, in Indianapolis after Grigson became the Colts General Manager and Daniel Jeremiah left to take a position with NFL.com.

The Eagles also announced that they have named Ed Marynowitz as assistant director of pro scouting, Jake Hallum as senior scout, John Middlekauff as west coast area scout, Dan Hatman as pro scout, Alec Halaby as special assistant to the general manager, and Jake Rosenberg as manager of football administration.

Most scouting-related jobs have contracts that run out just after the draft, which always makes this the busy time of year for changes in those positions around the NFL.

8 responses to “Eagles hire Tom Donahoe, shuffle scouting department

  1. Donahoe may be a good judge of personnel up to a point, but his skills don’t compare to those of his Steelers predecessor Dick Haley nor to those of his successor Kevin Colbert. And the Eagles would be wise to never let him interact with the athletes. Whatever he may have brought to the Steelers was not worth the loss of Rod Woodson, who left because of the way Donahoe treated him after his ACL injury. Woodson went on to become a Pro Bowl safety, whose talents and experience we certainly could have used during that era. Instead he helped the Ravens win a Super Bowl.

  2. Eagles apparently still trying to emulate their more successful “big brother” Pittsburgh on the other side of the state.

  3. “Eagles apparently still trying to emulate their more successful “big brother” Pittsburgh on the other side of the state.”

    Because if there’s a city in the county that everyone should emulate it’s Pittsburgh.

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