Howie Roseman

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Howie Roseman
Philadelphia Eagles
Position: Executive vice president of football operations
Personal information
Date of birth: (1975-06-23) June 23, 1975 (age 41)
Place of birth: Brooklyn, New York
Career information
College: Florida & Fordham Law
Career history
As executive:

Howard Roseman (born June 23, 1975) is the executive vice president of football operations for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He was the general manager of the Eagles from 2010 to 2014, and at the time, was the youngest general manager in the NFL, though he now has a new title, his job remains mostly the same.[1]

Early years[edit]

Roseman was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 23, 1975.[2][3] He grew up in Marlboro Township, New Jersey, and later graduated Marlboro High School.[4] From an early age, he had a calling to work in football. "When I was 9 or 10 [years old], people would ask what I wanted to be when I grew up and I told them I wanted to be the general manager of an NFL team," Roseman has said.[1]

Roseman began sending letters to all 32 NFL teams while he was still in high school in Marlboro, New Jersey in Monmouth County. His persistence stepped up when he was an undergraduate at the University of Florida through his time at Fordham University School of Law. His job inquiries led him to connect with Mike Tannenbaum, then the pro personnel director of the New York Jets. After an interview, Tannenbaum brought Roseman on as a player personnel intern in 1999.

Professional career[edit]

After another pursuit, Roseman was hired by the Philadelphia Eagles as an intern to work on salary cap issues in 2000. He was promoted to director of football administration in 2003 and was later promoted to vice president of football administration in 2006. Roseman continued to climb the Eagles front office ladder, serving as the vice president of player personnel for two years before being named the Eagles general manager on January 29, 2010 after Tom Heckert was hired by the Cleveland Browns in the same role.[5] Although he had the title of general manager, Roseman served mainly in an advisory role to head coach and executive vice president of football operations Andy Reid, who had the final say in football matters.

Within his first season as general manager, Roseman went to work on the Eagles’ roster, building it into one of the youngest in the league. That revamped Eagles squad earned an NFC East division championship in 2010.[1]

Three years later, Roseman assisted Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie in the team's search for a new head coach in 2013, which ended with University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly coming to Philadelphia.[1] Kelly, like Reid, had the final say over the 53-man roster, so Roseman continued to serve mainly in an advisory role.

In their first season together in Philadelphia, Roseman and Kelly oversaw an Eagles team that won 10 games and a division championship, quite the turnaround from the team's 4-12 record in 2012.

Among Roseman's roles as the general manager, he oversaw the Eagles’ college and pro scouting departments, the team's medical, equipment, and video staffs, while also controlling the team's salary cap and supervising team security.[1]

On January 2, 2015, Howie Roseman was relieved of his duties as GM and elevated to the role of Executive Vice President of Football Operations. In this role, Roseman continued directing contract negotiations, managing the team's salary and also overseeing the team's medical staff, equipment staff and more.[1]

Throughout his career, Howie Roseman has been a devout adherent of the Wide Nine defensive scheme as evidenced by his January 2011 hiring of defensive line coach Jim Washburn[6] and his 2016 pursuit of James J. Schwartz to be the Eagles Defensive Coordinator under Doug Pederson.[7]

Objective reviewers of the success Roseman has enjoyed with the Philadelphia Eagles are mixed. Much of the debate can be attributed to the amount Roseman is seen as being part of a decision process. Roseman was promoted to Director of Football Administration in 2003, and has been part of the decision making process since then with such colleagues as Andy Reid, Chip Kelly, Joe Banner, and Tom Heckert. And while the number of co-decision makers has varied, the actual success of the draft has been mostly poor. The list of number one draft picks in this time are Jerome McDougle, Shaw Andrews, Mike Patterson, Broderick Bunkley, Jeremy Maclin, Brandon Graham, Danny Watkins, Fletcher Cox, Lance Johnson, Marcus Smith, and Nelson Agholor. This means in over a decade of picks under Roseman, the Eagles have enjoyed two pro-bowl players, one fireman, and at least four total busts.

Another highly dubious distinction on Roseman's record is the fact that Philadelphia is going into the 2016 as the team with the most money sunk into quarterbacks for a single season ever (approximately 32 million USD, with annual averages of 18 million in Sam Bradford, 7 million in Chase Daniels and 6.7 million in Carson Wentz), the most expensive backup ever (Daniels) and the most expensive third string quarterback ever (Wentz).[8][9][10]

Roseman also plays a large role in the Eagles' community efforts, contributing to a number of initiatives involving military and children. Roseman'scharitable endeavors have benefited Eagles Youth Partnership, the team'spublic charity which serves over 50,000 low income children in the Greater Philadelphia region every year with a focus on health and education programming, as well as Eagles Care. In addition, Roseman has also worked with Alex'sLemonade Stand Foundation, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, USA Football, Pop Warner and Cop Wheels. He was named Honorary Commander for the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst for his continued efforts with the military.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Roseman earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Florida before earning a JD degree from Fordham Law School. Howie and his wife, Mindy, reside in suburban Philadelphia with their four children.[1]


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