And so the Philadelphia Eagles search for a new player personnel executive has finally come to an end: Ed Marynowitz has been promoted from assistant director of player personnel to now vice president of player personnel. Marynowitz's new title is the one Tom Gamble held before he was fired earlier this offseason. Marynowitz's contract lasts for three years, which is the same amount of time Chip Kelly has left on his deal.
The Eagles had been looking for a new "general manager" ever since the team "promoted" Howie Roseman and gave Chip Kelly control over the player personnel department earlier in January. A number of candidates have emerged in that time. Some of them turned down the job and others were made unavailable to interview. Marynowitz was the first name to emerge in the search. Here's what we wrote at the time:
Marynowitz has been with the team since 2012. He joined the Eagles after serving as the University of Alabama's director of player personnel, which involved managing the team's recruiting process. He worked at Alabama for four seasons [2008-11]. Prior to his role at the college powerhouse, he was a scouting assistant for the Miami Dolphins under Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland during the 2007 season.
Marynowitz is seen as a rising star in the organization, as he is still relatively young (30). He graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Central Florida in 2006. Marynowitz played quarterback for the Knights after transferring from La Salle University in his junior season. He is from Media, PA.
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly had the following to say about the hire, via release:
"Ed is someone who has really impressed me going back to my interview process with the Eagles two years ago. He’s very bright, detailed, organized and his vision was aligned with what we want to accomplish. I spoke with a lot of people outside of our organization over the past few weeks and in the end, Ed was the most impressive."
"I can’t tell you how well thought of Ed is in the scouting business. What many people in the football community told me matched exactly what I thought of him from Day One."
"When you work with him and meet with him regularly - which I have done over the last two years - you appreciate how smart and thoughtful he is. I’m excited to continue working hand-in-hand with him for the next several years."
Eagles Chariman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie added the following:
"I valued Ed’s point of view and smart perspective then and really got to know him well during that search. I am confident in his abilities in this new role. I believe that Chip and Ed will work well together and implement a thoroughly integrated approach to player evaluation."
And now for Marynowitz himself:
"I’m excited and appreciative about the opportunity Mr. Lurie, Chip Kelly and the Eagles organization have given me."
"We intend to build a collaborative and competitive work environment with our coaches, one built upon trust and respect with a focus on winning. I have had a great experience working with Chip over the last two years and the opportunity to work with him in this new capacity is one I look forward to.
"Our goal as a personnel department will be to develop a detailed process to maximize each segment of the scouting calendar in order to support and execute Chip’s vision."
Alabama head coach Nick Saban also weighed in:
"This is a great opportunity for Ed and I think Philadelphia made an excellent decision in terms of expanding his role and responsibilities in the organization. Ed did an outstanding job for us when he was here and made a great contribution to our program as director of player personnel. The thing I was most impressed with was how much he wanted to learn in the area of player evaluation and his knowledge in that area really expanded during his time at Alabama. We’re very happy for Ed and his family and wish him the best in this new position."