Eagles front-office changes more about style than substance


Question have swirled for months regarding the question of whether and to what extent the Eagles have made changes in their front office.

As Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer recently explained it, the changes have been more cosmetic and stylistic.

Per McLane, the adjustments have focused primarily on P.R., with coach Andy Reid being more accommodating (or, perhaps, less unaccommodating) to the media, and G.M. Howie Roseman spending more time in the public eye.  In turn, team president Joe Banner has assumed a lower profile, with the team declining multiple requests to interview Banner this offseason.

After the 2011 campaign ended, owner Jeffrey Lurie was candid regarding the importance of Reid improving his rapport with the press.  Apparently, the recent developments reflect Lurie’s wishes.

In the end, none of it will matter if the Eagles don’t make it to the postseason and perhaps win a few games once they get there.  But the new approach could make the media less inclined to call for Reid’s job if he is perceived as someone who is doing a better job of making the media’s job a little less taxing.

29 responses to “Eagles front-office changes more about style than substance

  1. didn’t Vick basically carry the falcons to the NFC championship game? For a team With such a long history of losing, I’ll bet that did something for the fan base.

  2. n0hopeleft says:
    May 21, 2012 2:36 PM
    Will there be a cotton candy machine and a seal balancing a beachball on its nose on the Eagles sideline as well?


    Yes that and two wins for the Giants like always

  3. “Eagles front-office changes more about style than substance”

    So now the FO matches the product on the field…more style than substance. Kewl.

  4. @dallssux

    “Yes that and two wins for the Giants like always.”

    Riiight. Except for – you know – LAST YEAR when the Giants lost to the Eagles with Vince (freaking) Young at QB.

    But why let facts get in the way of such a witty remark?

  5. philly4lyfe says: May 21, 2012 2:44 PM

    didn’t Vick basically carry the falcons to the NFC championship game? For a team With such a long history of losing, I’ll bet that did something for the fan base.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dude sounds like the Jets bragging about a championship game you lost. What has Vick done for the Eagles? If memory serves me right Chris Chandler actually got the Falcons to the Super Bowl.

    Just the facts my friend, just the facts.

  6. The criticism of Reid’s press conference approach was always sour grapes from a bitter fan base with an empty trophy case and a media with an inflated sense of entitlement. Too bad Lurie has made Reid change his ways. I thought it was wonderful to hear all those fat slobs in the Philly media whine about Andy’s PC’s. Somehow, they were able to come up with stories to write anyway. Heaven forbid they had to do their jobs.

    Banner was also among the most candid and accessible FO guys in the NFL. But he got nothing but flack for his efforts; the same fans that considered the eagles brass a three headed monster comprised of Banner, Lurie, and Reid, criticized Reid for not saying anything, and said they wanted Banner to shut up whenever he would give an interview.

    Eagles fans are harder to please than my teen aged nieces.

  7. The Eagles have publicly stated on numerous occasions that they have in fact altered their draft strategy. This is far more important than any changes they’ve made in the front office.

    I’d like to point out that they haven’t made any changes in the front office. Every person who had a certain job in 2011 has the exact same job in 2012. They may have altered their approach to the media. However, it doesn’t translate to how the team operates in terms of player personnel.

    Howard Roseman recently admitted the Eagles placed too much emphasis on how well a guy would play in the Senior Bowl in previous drafts.

    It’s no secret that the Eagles have had several lousy drafts in the past 7 years. They have won a grand total of 3 playoff games in the past 7 years. You better believe there will be major changes in the off-season if they don’t win at least one playoff game this year.

    Roseman admitted that perhaps they’ve been a little too focused on drafting high-character guys while avoiding players who are talented with some off the field issues.

    Roseman also said the Eagles have changed how they approach the draft in terms of which players they select in each round. He conceded that perhaps the Eagles should have drafted the best player available in previous drafts instead of drafting guys simply because they filled a need at a certain position (2011 2nd round draft pick Jaiquawn Jarrett)

    I would fire Reid and Roseman after this season if the Eagles don’t win in the playoffs. Reid has been a very good coach. His main job is to win playoff games. He has failed to accomplish that in the past 7 years. He would have no trouble finding another head coaching job in the NFL. This is his 14th year as head coach of the Eagles.

    He and Roseman have also failed to draft or acquire a franchise QB. Vick is gone after this season if he doesn’t play like one of the top 7 QB’s in the NFL this season. There isn’t another QB on the roster who is even remotely close to being a starting QB.

  8. midgetssuck says: May 21, 2012 3:47 PM

    The Eagles have beaten the giants 7 out of the last 8. It will be 9 out of 10 after this season.
    And how many trophies do you have to show for it? And since we’re in the prediction business, I will say the Eagles fall flat on their faces again this year, you know like basically every other year.

    One more thing, do yourself a favor and bypass checking the all time record of Giants vs Eagles, your not going to like it.

    I believe the correct term is Checkmate…

  9. If you want to go way back, the Eagles have three trophies ‘48,49 & ’60. Giants will get swept again by the Eagles this year, book it.

  10. They are just making these change because the fan base in Philly hates the front office and they lost their luster in city. If you rank the 4 teams in philly right now in popularity it would be 1)Phillies, 2) Flyers, 3)Eagles and 4)76ers.

    It based on what your team has done to win an championship and have a front office that is willing to listen to the fans. Eagles Front office doesn’t care about the fans think, they are just worried if a person is going to renew their psl’s and season tickets for the year.

  11. Wow you guys love to hate on Vick like he is so horrible huh? He a pretty good QB (with Eagles anyway) so I’ll love watching you looking like a fool when Vick does well this year. Damn idiots I swear…

  12. cooklynn17 – seriously the trophy thing again? Is that the only material you have? Past trophies don’t mean a damn thing to me. Shouldn’t mean a damn thing when trash talking with another fan. Now the Giants won the SB last year, good for them! Congrats! But it’s a new year and were all 0-0. You can try to spin it anyway you want but the one thing that you cannot deny and it drives you crazy is…

    “The Eagles have the Giants number”

    You tell us to go look at the series number? What the hell do I care about 5, 10, 15, 20+ years ago? I care about the recent!!! Had it been the Eagles that won superbowls I would not use them in an argument unless the Eagles literally “JUST” won it. Makes no sense to bring up the past. Your only hiding your unhappyness about getting owned by the Eagles every game.


  13. midgetssuck says: May 21, 2012 5:20 PM

    If you want to go way back, the Eagles have three trophies ’48,49 & ’60. Giants will get swept again by the Eagles this year, book it.
    Don’t bet your house on it silly little rabbit. Oh you want to go way back? Giants fans can do that, how does 1927,34,38 ans 56 sound? It sounds like 4 to 3. And that does not include the 4 Super bowls.

    So what your telling me is the Eagles haven’t won anything worth a dam since 1960? Pathetic, the Giants on the other hand just won the biggest game on the planet, I don’t know something like 3 months ago.

    Time to take your ball and go home to mommy.

  14. Anyone leading the team with guys named Andy and Howie aren’t winning a SB. They should host the Andy and Howie kids show on Disney. Sounds about right….

  15. Anybody can say or speculate but, I believe this year is due or die for Reid. His choice of LB’s last year cost him dearly. That is by his own admission. His Def. Coord. better perform too. So its wait and see and that is the fact jack.

  16. o0omorriso0o says: May 21, 2012 5:38 PM….
    Hey there ass clown, I could care less about Philly. Take a note out of the Redskins book, they are the only team to beat the Giants twice last year and guess what? I haven’t heard a word about it because we all know its about the Superbowls or in your case lack there of.

    Typical eagles fan grasping at straws, when us real fans could care less.

    Dallas…5 super bowls
    Giants…4 super bowls
    Redskins…3 super bowls
    Eagles…0 super bowls.,…..feel free to join the party anytime.

    I believe CHECKMATE. Is two words, like this
    Check Mate.

  17. P.S. No, I told you not to look at the series number because you wouldn’t like it… Scary isn’t it. How the eagles could suck so much ass for so long.

  18. bucup … Have you seen Chicago,Pittsburgh,Baltimore,new York ,north jersey,washington lately and your calling Philly a slum go visit those cities. Philly fans are the loyalist fans in the country that’s why our stadiums have been sold out for the past twenty years and sold out for the next 20 years

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