The Philadelphia Eagles filled their player personnel vacancy on Thursday morning when they announced the promotion of Ed Marynowitz to vice president of player personnel.
The 31-year-old Marynowitz (pronounced MAN-o-witz) may not be the most experienced candidate the Eagles could have went with but his hire drew high praise from various media types.
Before looking at the reactions, however, here's something that was written earlier in January about Marynowitz before he was even hired (via CSN Philly): "I think Ed can be like Ozzie Newsome," said one person who has worked closely with Marynowitz. Considering Newsome, the general manager of the Baltimore Ravens, is largely considered to be one of the best GMs in the NFL, that's clearly some high praise.
Then there's also this, which was written by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan back in December:
"While just 30 years old, Marynowitz has worked with Alabama head coach Nick Saban (as director of player personnel), Bill Parcells (as a scouting assistant with the Miami Dolphins), and most recently Eagles head coach Chip Kelly during his scouting career. You won't find a young executive whom people talk more highly of than Marynowitz. And those who have worked with him say his evaluation and organizational skills are what really stand out about him. He'll be a general manager someday -- it's just a matter of when, not if."
More media reactions below:
No brainer hire from day 1 @ProFootballTalk: Eagles are expected to promote Ed Marynowitz as Chip Kelly's personnel executive— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) January 29, 2015
Marynowitz seemed like logical choice for Chip. Great relationship w/him. Respected in league circles. Experience still hurdle though.— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) January 29, 2015
What to make of Marynowitz hire? I wouldn't say it means they didn't get their top guy, and I can't blame them for looking around.— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) January 29, 2015
Marynowitz, former LaSalle QB, is the guy most of us thought would get the job initially, before the team started interviewing hither & yon.— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) January 29, 2015
Remember, Ed's worked in the building, knows the dynamic between Howie and Chip. Automatically gave him an advantage when others shied away.— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) January 29, 2015
I felt the job description always fit a young dude like Marynowitz, 31, but the Eagles initially wanted someone with more experience.— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) January 29, 2015
Bottom line on #Eagles hiring Marynowitz. Makes sense to stay in house at this point in process. Plus, he is young, rising star. Chip is GM— Ed Kracz (@kracze) January 29, 2015
Ed Marynowitz was Sabans right hand man helping him build his 1st two title teams, a 30 year old rising star in the league. Great hire— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) January 29, 2015
I will say I am a fan of going with a young guy as opposed to a candidate like Chris Polian. #Eagles— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) January 29, 2015
In team statement, Marynowitz talks about building relationship w/coaches "built on trust & respect." Implication would be that wasn’t case.— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) January 29, 2015
New Eagles Personnel Exec Ed Marynowitz is a stud. Dealt with him for @gobigrecruiting when he was at Bama. Immediately impressed.— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) January 29, 2015
perception will be that Eagles settled; they did. But I think promoting someone who understands what Chip wants might work best in long run.— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) January 29, 2015
Pats D’onta Hightower was at Alabama when Marynowitz directed recruiting. "He found unsung talent. He brought guys in who really helped us."— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) January 29, 2015
Hightower on Marynowitz, continued: "He’s very young. I don’t know how he does it, to be so young ... does a tremendous job finding talent."— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) January 29, 2015
The Eagles are in a MUCH better place as far as building a roster now than a month ago.— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) January 29, 2015
And how will Howie Roseman feel about essentially answering to one his former scouts when it comes to personnel decisions?— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) January 29, 2015
The #Eagles will not have any media availability following Ed Marynowitz' promotion and the end of Chip Kelly's personnel executive search.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) January 29, 2015
#Eagles have completely rearranged their front office and have yet to publicly answer questions. I'm not an "entitled" reporter but ...— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) January 29, 2015
.. I believe many fans want answers about why all of this took place. They will likely have to wait till owners meetings to hear Chip Kelly.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) January 29, 2015
I've only spoken with Marynowitz a couple times, but my impression has always been that he is a sharp dude.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) January 29, 2015