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By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – In his press conference announcing the firing of head coach Andy Reid, Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie offered a wholehearted endorsement of general manager Howie Roseman.
It’s clear that Lurie trusts Roseman, and the two have a good relationship, but could it be too good for a prospective head coach’s liking?
“If Howie [Roseman] is going to continue to sit next to Jeff [Lurie] at the games, I think that’s never a good thing because I think that the coach wants to make sure his personnel director isn’t talking to the owner, the man that is in charge of hiring and firing him, during the heat of the battle,” NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi told 94WIP’s Angelo Cataldi and the WIP Morning Show on Wednesday. “So, I think there has to be some separation. As I said to you before, part of being a general manager is you have to keep yourself away from the team, because that’s the coach’s team.
You don’t go in the locker room, you don’t socialize, when he calls a team up to huddle, you don’t go up to the huddle like you are a fan. You’re job is to help the coach be a part of it, but you’re not in that and you’re not sitting next to owners talking about what is going on during the game because it can only create the illusion of problems.”
Lurie said that Roseman’s talent evaluation has been the best of the Eagles’ front office in recent years.
“Coaches are cynical by nature, coaches are always worrying about what’s happening, so you have to be very careful. That’s what’s going to have to be developed in these interview processes, is what’s going to be the relationship between the GM and the head coach,” Lombardi said.