Former Philadelphia Eagles executive Tom Gamble is no longer out of a job. The 49ers officially announced Gamble's return to San Francisco on Thursday afternoon. Gamble's titled is listed as senior personnel executive. This move was very much expected. Here's what Bleeding Green Nation wrote earlier in the month:
"Gamble spent nearly two years with the Eagles before being (unofficially) fired on the last day of 2014. The departure of Gamble signaled a power struggle in the Eagles front office which resulted in Chip Kelly gaining full control over player personnel and former general manager Howie Roseman being "promoted" (see: demoted) to executive vice president of football operations.
It's understood that Gamble and Kelly have a good relationship. The Eagles coach spoke well of Gamble in his final press conference of the 2014 season just days before Gamble was fired. Gamble and Kelly have also been seen hanging out this week together in Mobile, Alabama.
But despite their relationship, it was reported that Kelly actually didn't fight to save Gamble's job. Kelly was just reportedly little disappointed how the firing was handled."
Oddly enough, the Eagles replaced Gamble on Thursday morning by promoting former assistant director of player personnel Ed Marynowitz to Gamble's old title of vice president of player personnel. The highly-regarded Marynowitz will serve as Chip Kelly's right hand man in overseeing Philadelphia's player personnel department.
I can't help but wonder if Gamble's importance was a little overrated. Adam Caplan ranked him as the No. 1 GM candidate this offseason, but to the best of my knowledge, there were no reports of him even interviewing for any vacancies. Gamble drew interest for several GM jobs in 2014 but reportedly interviewed poorly. Then he was obviously fired by the Eagles. And now the team that hired back is (or was) potentially one of the most dysfunctional organizations in the NFL.