In Howard Roseman I Trust

by Jerome's Friend

Originally published April 17, 2013 on HighPhive.com.

I pledge allegiance to Howard Roseman of the Philadelphia Eagles…

Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb are so linked in perpetuity that it may be easy to forget that Reid didn’t engineer the Philadelphia Eagles’ 1999 draft.  While the rookie head coach may have had some input, he did not draft Donovan McNabb, Tom Modrak did.  But my guess is, Big Red was kind of ok with it.  So here we are, an era later, and the Winter of Eagles’ Discontent has come and gone and left quite a mess in its wake.   But winter is no longer coming.  There is another fresh start ahead, a new Spring dawns, and in Howard Roseman I trust.

… And to the Franchise, for which he stands…

If you’ve ever read Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, you’ll know that in order to be a successful genius, not only to do you need to be an expert at something, but you also need to have a certain amount of luck, to be a victim of some fortunate circumstance that places you in an ideal position for success.  I’m assuming here that Roseman is indeed an expert (be it in talent evaluation, draft preparation, general managing, whatever), in that an expert is defined as someone who devotes at least 10,000 hours to a particular skill (that’s six hours per day for 1,667 days).  And I’m hopeful that this is Roseman’s fortunate circumstance.  Admittedly not many with his background have become general managers of an NFL franchise.  So let’s say he fell into it, but for good reason.  He was persistent, he worked hard, and succeeded at every promoted step along the way.  Even though Jeffrey Lurie has absolved Howie of all responsibility for the 2010 and 2011 draft failures, Roseman had a hand in them and has not impressed.  But there has been improvement, peaking with his hire of Chip Kelly, innovator extraordinaire, as well as with his moves in free agency.  Roseman appears to be a guy that learns from mistakes, adverse to repeating them. Read more…

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