You hear this question a lot in Philadelphia these days:
How does Howie Roseman keep his job?
One answer: He does what he’s told.
Ever since Jeffrey Lurie fired coach Chip Kelly late in the 2015 season, he has become ever more involved with personnel and staff decisions. Two league sources no longer with the team say that, for the last five years, less and less happens at One NovaCare Way without Lurie’s direct oversight and input. Eyebrows raised in 2016 when Lurie led the six-man, three-city tour in 2016 to evaluate quarterback prospects Carson Wentz, Jared Goff, and Paxton Lynch. Lurie’s voice has grown much louder since the Eagles’ playoff loss at New Orleans after the 2018 season, sounding more and more like his NFC East nemesis.
The owner who once hired Andy Reid to be Mike Holmgren Lite and just hired Nick Sirianni to be Frank Reich Lite is slowly turning into Jerry Jones Lite.
All of the recent poor draft picks; all of the more disastrous trades, signings, and extensions; and most of the coaching staff issues had Lurie’s fingerprints on them, not just Roseman’s.
This is nothing new. Ever since he bought the team in 1994, Lurie’s meddlesome ways have chafed Eagles front-office staff and coaches. He always has fought that stigma.
“You never want to be too involved,” Lurie said Jan. 11, the day he fired Doug Pederson. “You never want to micromanage, and I’m very, very sensitive to that. You’ve got to trust the people around you, and first bring in the right people around you, and then trust them.”
NFL executives all over the league snorted their milk out of their noses when Lurie said that. In that same Zoom conference, coming off a 4-11-1 season and in possession of an aged roster with little young talent, Lurie actually lavished Roseman with praise and expressed rock-solid confidence in the ability of Roseman and the rest of the front office to rebuild the Eagles.
That confidence makes more sense if you consider Lurie’s increased involvement; it’s merely self-confidence.