Eagles fire V.P. of player personnel Tom Gamble

The Eagles aren’t cleaning house like some other NFL teams this week, but missing the playoffs has apparently cost one member of the front office his job.

Vice President of Player Personnel Tom Gamble is on the way out, the Eagles have announced. Although the team is terming it a mutual decision, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that it’s actually a firing.

A year ago, Gamble was viewed as a candidate for multiple general manager openings, but he declined to interview, saying he wanted to stay in Philadelphia. He was also a candidate to become the Jets’ general manager two years ago.

There have also been multiple reports that indicate that Gamble was close to head coach Chip Kelly but less than close to General Manager Howie Roseman. With recent speculation that Kelly and Roseman may not be getting along, it’s not a stretch to think that Gamble losing his job is tantamount to Kelly losing a power play with Roseman. But Roseman put a happy face on the story in a statement released by the team.

“We thank Tom for his service over the past two seasons and wish him and his family the best as they move forward,” said Roseman. “I appreciate all Tom has done for our scouting department and our team.”

Kelly was brought in two years ago and given control over the roster, and when controversial decisions like cutting DeSean Jackson were made, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said he’ll always defer to Kelly’s judgment. But Kelly doesn’t have absolute power in Philadelphia. He apparently didn’t have enough power to save Gamble’s job.

47 responses to “Eagles fire V.P. of player personnel Tom Gamble

  1. Interesting. I wonder if the Bears add him to their short list for GM?

    He’s got a little more mileage on him than some of the other whiz-kid names being linked to the Bears, but that might not be a bad thing, either.

  2. Jeffrey Lurie has owned the team for 20 years now, and still no Super Bowl. Stupid moves like this are the reason why. He always allows a weasel bean counter (first Joe Banner, now Howie Roseman) to throw a monkey wrench into the football operations. Chip will be out soon too, and the Eagles will be stuck with a yes man who is willing to take orders from Roseman.

  3. I remember reading when we first got him, he was such a great pickup for the organization and helped built the 49ers into what they are… Guess things have changed

  4. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Dec 31, 2014 2:34 PM
    They knew when they hired him he was a Gamble.

    LOL!!..good one!

  5. Gamble was more than likely to take a GM job this off-season anyways. Sucks that he is gone he has an eye for talent and not just a cap guy like Roseman.

  6. This is clearly a move by Chip Kelly, not Howie Roseman. Kelly wants to own the entire process, from drafting to play calling. He most likely didn’t see eye-to-eye with Gamble and rumors he doesn’t with Roseman either.

    Kelly is a desired man so he knows if he doesn’t get his way in Philadelphia, he can leave and go many places.

  7. Thr Eagles have had pretty good personnel over the last 9 years. My guess is that he brought in Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams. They’re the only players who could really cost anyone their job.

  8. Really don’t need a VP of Player Personnel when you have a GM that never donned a jock and a coach who would prefer drafting busts from Oregon…

  9. What an idiotic move!!!

    That’s a good football man and they’re saying football doesn’t matter!!!

    If I’m wrong Desean Jackson would be an Eagle now.

    He deserves the same or a better job than what he currently had. I hope Chicago or New York hires him … or maybe he can do TV. If the TV contract does not offset from the executive contract being an analyst helps.

  10. Agreed with above commenter…rampant speculation on PFT’s part. Gamble was likely indeed fired. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand why. Clearly picks like Marcus Smith and keeping Fletcher were his calls. Either that or Roseman is responsible and is covering his own butt.

  11. I am so tired of these “comments” in disguise about Roseman. “Bean counter” “penny pincher” “little weasel”. We all know what you morons are implying. I am not a huge fan of Roseman but if you Clowns in my city can look yourselves in the mirror and say that you have achieved 1/100 of what this guy has in your sad little lives then you wouldn’t be so ignorant. This guy is under 45 and has multiple degrees, an MBA, has risen to become the GM of a powerful NFL team. What have you done cowards? The last 4 years he has been way better than Banner was and his picks have been overall great when you consider the success rate in this league. He fought hard to bring Chip to Philly and is always open with the media. So please, remember you’ve accomplished nothing in comparison to this guy and your constant veiled comments only details how weak you are. Criticize him for not winning an SB, or for his draft misses, or for football reasons. If you take an educated look he comes up top 10 in comparison to other GMs. Tom Gamble was the one who pushed hard for Fletcher and that is what ultimately killed his stay here. Chip and Roseman get along well and will continue to build on a solid team. Until then, shut it ignorants!

  12. Roseman is a bean counter.

    GMs need to have great talent evaluators, not friends. That’s why these accountants typically don’t make winning teams. Eagles loss.

  13. I wanna say….”unbelievable”. However, this unfortunately is totally believable.

    Somewhere Tom Modrak is smiling.

    For my fellow Eagles fans:

    You know how a lot of talk radio type people blamed Joe Banner for the decline in the Andy years? Notice however that the Marcus Smith bizarre pick and the Danny Watkins bizarre pick only have one thing in common”: Howie Roseman.

    It is not at all a reasonable belief that the organization brought in a guy, Gamble, and this guy who is still new to the organization somehow was a one man wrecking crew. Baloney.

    What is reasonable is to now believe there actually is a rift between the coach and GM. And the coach, unfortunately and unwise for the organization, apparently lost.

    This is Tom Modrak revisited: get on the bus or get run over by it. Not a good way to manage any organization.

  14. jucam1 says:
    Dec 31, 2014 3:21 PM

    I am so tired of these “comments” in disguise about Roseman. “Bean counter” “penny pincher” “little weasel”. We all know what you morons are implying. I am not a huge fan of Roseman but if you Clowns in my city can look yourselves in the mirror and say that you have achieved 1/100 of what this guy has in your sad little lives then you wouldn’t be so ignorant. This guy is under 45 and has multiple degrees, an MBA, has risen to become the GM of a powerful NFL team. What have you done cowards? The last 4 years he has been way better than Banner was and his picks have been overall great when you consider the success rate in this league. He fought hard to bring Chip to Philly and is always open with the media. So please, remember you’ve accomplished nothing in comparison to this guy and your constant veiled comments only details how weak you are. Criticize him for not winning an SB, or for his draft misses, or for football reasons. If you take an educated look he comes up top 10 in comparison to other GMs. Tom Gamble was the one who pushed hard for Fletcher and that is what ultimately killed his stay here. Chip and Roseman get along well and will continue to build on a solid team. Until then, shut it ignorants!

    Apparantly Howie Roseman is posting on PFT under a different alias.

  15. Whoever is responsible for signing Philadelphia’s defensive backs is the one who should get fired.

    Wow, they really suck.

  16. Jeffrey Lurie is as bad an owner as Daniel Snyder. 20 years as owner & the Eagles have diddly squat to show for it. Eagle fans keep sniffing the exhaust fumes that Lurie & his band of fools keep handing that city. LOL it’s pathetically laughable to see how Eagle fans say things about Snyder & how Lurie has delivered the exact same result. No Championships.

    As for Chip “the wizard” Kelly losing a power struggle…say it isn’t so. Philly fans keep kelling us how this college coach that didn’t win a national championship & missed the playoffs this year is the next NFL genius!!

    19,700 days or 55 years…as long as Lurie is your owner, it will be 55 more.

  17. Looks like everyone is upset in Philly. Yes, they were picked to make the playoffs but THEY LOST THEIR STARTING QB. Their offensive line was a shambles early. They lead the NFL in turnovers. These things can be fixed BUT those defensive backs, oh my.

  18. Jed York & Howie Roseman are a couple of spoiled little punks who have no business sharing the company of real football men

  19. This is what happens when a General Manager (Cap guy) who has NEVER EVER played football or been involved in the game in any capacity, is threatened by his subordinate who is highly regarded in football circles. They hated each other! Howie saw a chance to get him out of the building. He will be a GM very soon

  20. It’s a fact Fletcher was Gamble’s find and I’m guessing Marcus Smith was his call. If you think there is a problem between Kelly and Roseman you clearly don’t know jack.

  21. Clowns, haters like these commenters who can’t give Marcus Smith a couple of years to develop, or insanely blame any picks before last season on Roseman. I don’t even like the guy. I begrudge having to post here to show your ignorance and hypocrisy. Andy ran the show until his last year so don’t blame Watkins on Roseman. Regardless, why does he need to have played football before he runs the team? Tell me how many GMs you morons can name outside of Baltimore that played the game? Keep looking geniuses! I love the Eagles, its a blessing and a curse. What I really hate is the 10-20% of the fan base who can barely tie there shoes, hold a job, or can spell that criticizes everything they do. I get it, they haven’t won since ’60. If you hate them that much then don’t root for them. Criticizing is fine, but you mouth breathers are just here to hate. How can you even enjoy watching them when all is negative? Just shut it and wait till the draft is over so you clowns can come on here and predict an “SB win for the Birds” while forgetting all the hate you spewed. Gamble was stated as responsible for Fletcher and pushed for Nate Allen to come back. He also was key in the Sproles deal. He’s neither great or awful, he just wanted a promotion and they didn’t think he deserved it yet. That’s all! Also the clown comparing Lurie to Snyder needs to look in the mirror and reanalyze his life. You’re Washington DC Racist Name team is the laughing stock of the league. Everyone thinks you’re a joke and you trying to make yourself feel better is just pathetic. If we all have to explain the difference between a really good owner like Lurie and your scum bag Snyder then you have deep issues and there is no help for you. All I know is around the league no one considers Lurie a manic or even know his name. Snyscum on the other hand is reviled… So shut up.

  22. Fire Gamble but keep Roseman? Odd choice of scapegoats there. Gamble will definitely get a look from other clubs but Roseman couldn’t get a job in the concession stands with his body of work so far.

  23. @jucam1

    Double up on your meds bro, before you pop a vein.

    Not at all a ‘skins fan friend, just calling them as they really are.

    Jeffery Lurie’s ownership tenure: Zero Lombardi’s
    Daniel Snyders ownership tenure: Zero Lombardi’s

    Defend the similarity anyway you see fit. Bottom Line is: neither owner has delivered Championsips for their respective cities. If the measure of success in Professional sports is championships, Lurie is just as bad an owner as Snyder.

    But hey dude, feel free to tighten up the straps on that tinfoil hat & continue to defend mediocrity.

  24. jucam1 you mad bro?……LOL!….grow up! It’s a comments section….everyone isn’t gonna agree with your uptight pathetic point of view.

  25. It’s no secret Eagle fans are impatient and rougher on their own team than all others, except maybe the Cowboys. And when they don’t win, they want someone’s head in management. I think Lurie shows those same traits, which is why they continue to be the only team in the NFC east without a ring. Gamble should have no problem landing another good job, as he was not the problem with this team.

    If you take the anger fueled sports radio talk out of the equation, the Eagles are actually pretty close to being a super bowl contender. On the player personnel side, Gamble did his job, the talent is already there except for the DB’s who surprisingly came up small this year. There is no QB issue. Foles was 6-2 before getting injured.
    The bigger problem is Chip Kelly. He’s still learning. He and his staff need to teach better ball control as they led the league in turnovers. They also need to learn to better adjust/evolve their system. The Seahawks exposed their weaknesses to their opponents, which happens to be when the team began to tank.

    Most

  26. Well…if he’s the guy that signed off on Carey Williams and Bradley Fletcher, then he deserved to get canned. Easily the worst starting CB tandem in the NFL this year.

  27. Here’s an outside possibility…director of pro personal Trent Kirshner for the Seahawks is being interviewed for the Jets GM slot Friday…along with Quinn and Cable as possible head coaching candidates….wouldn’t it be interesting if Kirshner got hired for that slot and Gamble ended up with the Seahawks in the same position…I know because of his tenure with the 49ers…Carol and Schneider are real familiar with him…and he thinks a lot like they do when it comes to the draft and as a scout…Schneider also worked as a scout for many years with GB under Thompson….He’d do much better with Seattle’s front office and working for an owner like Allen…just a possibility if the opportunity presented itself.

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