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Howie Roseman: "The Proof Will Be In the Pudding"

Howie Roseman was officially introduced as the Eagles new general manager yesterday and met the media for the first time in his career. Although he's been in the Eagles organization for 11 years, yesterday was really his introduction to the fans. I thought he came off as generally a youthful, confident, and energetic guy. He addressed questions about his not being a traditional "football guy."

To me, if you work hard, you show proficiency, it's like any other industry, you have to have an instinct and an ability to do the job," Roseman said. "I don't think I would be sitting up here today if I wasn't able to do it. The proof will be in the pudding. I think I know about the cap. I think I know the league and I know about the college draft. Hopefully, moving forward, I will show all of those things."

Andy Reid praised Roseman's energy and knack for evaluation.

"I love Howie's energy and I've loved it since I've been here with Howie," Reid said, "his eagerness to grow in the profession. You've seen how we've done it on the coaching side; you've seen how we've done it on the player personnel side of it. His eagerness to learn and then his ability to evaluate are second to none. Then you can add in that Howie mentioned here about being a cap expert and all of those things. That's just icing on the cake from that side of it. His effort and energy, I think you will find out over time here that it is second to none.
"I have seen firsthand of his evaluation and his strategy on a future plan and an immediate plan. I know it's well thought out and I know his ability to evaluate is very accurate. He knows exactly what we need personnel-wise to win here and to give the opportunity to the player and to the coach to succeed."
Roseman's promotion is a lot like Heckert's departure in that I find it hard to know exactly what to think simply because as usual we don't exactly know what the structure of the Eagles front office is like. Interestingly, Roseman even admitted that he doesn't think his role will change that much from what it was. That would seem to give credibility to the reports we saw when Heckert left that Roseman was already having more influence than Tom.

So if indeed Roseman has been the guy compiling the draft board and directing the scouts the past couple years... It certainly seems like he's done a good job with all the young talent the Eagles now have. Either way, I'm optimistic about the guy and certainly willing to give him a chance.

After the jump, a few Eagles players react to Roseman's rise

Donovan McNabb

"As for keeping it in the family, that's what we do. When you lose a guy like Heckert, who did a great job for us, and then bring a guy like Howie in, who's been there and watched behind Heckert and been with [team president] Joe [Banner] and [head coach] Andy [Reid], I'm very happy for him."

David Akers

"He's kind of been a jack-of-all-trades here," Akers said. "He's been all over the building learning basically every part of the organization, from salary cap over to watching film and really figuring out the ins and outs of the organization. So I'm really happy for him and I wish him the best of luck."

Trent Cole

"That's good and I'm happy for him. I'm happy for anybody that gets another job and gets upgraded," said Cole. "I think he's going to do a great job for the Eagles, and he's been in the system long enough to know how to do it." *

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