It's been over a week since Jeffrey Lurie confirmed the team is set to hire a new player personnel head. The Eagles have technically had a vacancy at this position for even longer. The Eagles fired former head coach/de facto general manager Chip Kelly and former vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz back in late December. There haven't been any candidates linked to the Eagles thus far, but Tim McManus of Birds 24/7 is offering an update on the situation.
The wheels are in motion to hire a new personnel head. We’re hearing that the search is ramping up here in Mobile with the hopes of getting someone in place around the time of the Super Bowl.
Chances are, the Eagles will be after someone with significant experience in the personnel evaluation area. (Former Browns vice president of player personnel Morocco Brown, former Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominik and Packers senior personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith are among those who could warrant a look.) The level of the candidate's qualifications will help determine just how much power is offered, though there is likely a ceiling regardless given that the hammer is expected to remain in the hands of Howie Roseman.
Though the Eagles will talk to a healthy amount of candidates, the process is unlikely to drag on. We should have some answers soon.
One would think the Eagles need to hire a new executive sooner than later. The Senior Bowl wraps up this week and the NFL Scouting Combine begins in late February. For what it's worth, the Eagles hired Ed Marynowitz right around this time last year on Jan. 29. Maybe that's another sign the search could be over soon. Another sign is that Lurie is in Mobile, Alabama this week (unlike last year) and could be meeting with executives down there.
In the meantime, it's been clear that executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman is back in charge for now. He's the driving force behind the contract extensions the Eagles got done with Zach Ertz and Brent Celek. It also seems likely the new personnel head will have to answer to Roseman, though that hasn't been officially confirmed. Lurie denied to talk about the Eagles' power structure until a new executive has been hired.
It'll be interesting to see who the Eagles get and how much control they have.