PHILADELPHIA – With yet another sign of tension between the Eagles’ general manager Howie Roseman and his scouting department that seemed to bubble to the surface during the 2021 NFL draft, on Tuesday Roseman offered his mind on Friday’s uncomfortable exchange him and senior soccer advisor Tom Donahoe.
He also responded to the idea of leaving his personal drafting board to do picks.
“That’s ridiculous,” Roseman said during an appearance on 94WIP Tuesday. “Every single person on our staff has their own design board. This is how we write reports. [Coach] Nick [Sirianni] has its own design board, [vice president of player personnel] Andy Weidl has his own draft board, Tom Donahoe has his own draft board, I have my own draft board. This is how we rank players. So our system is set up to do that.
“We have an Eagles Draft Board that reflects many things and my job is to bring them all together. My job is to get the coaches perspective, the scouts perspective, the medical perspective, and the character perspective. My job is to get the coaches perspective, the scouts perspective, the medical perspective, and the character perspective it’s trying to reflect all of that. I listen to everyone trying to make these decisions. At the same time, someone can be unhappy because it may not be accurately reflected in all of the information I have about them . “
After the selection of the defensive duel against Milton Williams in the third round, cameras showed A restless Donahoe reluctantly gives Roseman a punch when Roseman congratulated the whole room. Roseman suggested that Donahoe was interested in another defender – NC State’s Alim McNeill. The Eagles missed the opportunity to draw McNeill when Roseman decided to swap from No. 70 to No. 73 for an additional selection in the sixth round, with the Detroit Lions picking McNeill at No. 72.
A separate camera angle showed the defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon cheering after the Williams selection.
“Discussion and debate and having these conversations is fine. You’d rather have that passion,” Roseman said. “Tom has been here a long time. We’ve been together for 10 years, very close relationship. It’s okay to have tough conversations and Tom and I have had a lot of them in 10 years.”
The Roseman-Donahoe exchanges follow a 4-11-1 season that was fraught with internal dysfunction and included stresses between Roseman and members of the scouting staff, largely caused by the results of the 2020 draft as Roseman went on against selected the Scouting Draft Board in the first two rounds and selected Jalen Reagor and Jalen Hurts over Justin Jefferson and Jeremy Chinn, sources said. Owner Jeffrey Lurie was influential in choosing the hurts, according to sources.
Likewise, there were members of the former Doug Pederson coaching staff who felt the Front Office was not properly weighing their contributions to the players. Pederson, the only Super Bowl winner in franchise history, was sacked in January after he and Lurie couldn’t get on the same page about their future visions.
During their availability around the design, Roseman, Weidl and Sirianni all emphasized that they are working together.
“I think the only thing I learned and I learned it a long time ago when I was there [former Baltimore Ravens general manager] Ozzie Newsome is a good listener. Be a good listener, listen to your scouts and communicate, “said Weidl.” I think we did an excellent job that I really felt throughout the process over the past three days. “