Ranking the 10 worst moves of the Howie Roseman era

Fresh off the Eagles season-ending 37-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the finger-pointing has begun. Howie Roseman is at the head of the table going into yet another crucial offseason, but does he still deserve to be?

In the end, it’s pretty easy where to point the blame on this horrific 4-10-1 season.

We can blame the players.

We can blame the coaches.

In the end, the General Manager, known for his cap manipulation, and shrewd trade deals is at the center of all things horrific across the franchise.

The General Manager who was given ultimate power in the organization, lost it, got it back, and now runs it like Don Corleone from the famed movie The Godfather.

The disaster of a 2020 season has given us a chance to realize that the success of the 2017 title season may have masked what has been a very mediocre GM.

Here are the ten worst moves Howie Roseman has made as GM for the Eagles.

10. Howie Roseman starts off strong…

Howie Roseman took over the GM job in 2010. He had built one of the youngest, and fastest rosters in the NFL at that time.

The 2010 Eagles won the NFC East behind the Comeback Player of the Year Award Winner, Michael Vick. Vick’s career resurgence was well documented and deserves all the credit for turning his life around after his dog-fighting scandal.

But entering the 2011 season, Vick was 31. While he clearly was back to being a highlight-reel player, he still had injury concerns, and the team had other pressing issues- particularly on the defensive side of the football.

Howie didn’t care.

Vick was given a six-year $100 million dollar contract that made him the face of the franchise.

The contract lasted just three years as Vick struggled to stay on the field and was gone after the 2013 season.

It was the first example of Howie turning a blind eye to his star players to give them as much money as possible.

It wouldn’t be the last.

9. Jalen Hurts Draft Pick

You better believe I put this on the list.

Fresh off of what was an incredible end of the year run with five practice squad players, Carson Wentz had proved just how good he could be as the leader of the franchise.

There were glaring holes along the defense, offensive line, and receivers that needed to be solved.

Howie’s response in free agency was to overpay for a DT, and trade for a 30-year-old corner.

He then thought the team was solidified enough to draft a QB within the first two rounds of the draft.

Six months later and it’s pretty obvious how much of a dumbster fire this has become.

It was Howie’s arrogance that brought in a QB controversy.

It was his arrogance that he “believed” he had fixed the roster holes before the draft.

It’s his arrogance that has left us in this mess.

8. DeSean Jackson returns to the Eagles

I will go down on the record saying this was a really good move.

Righting the wrong of the Chip Kelly-era, Howie brought back Jackson at the age of 32.

A three-year $28 million dollar deal followed and the expectation was that Jackson would be the deep threat Wentz desperately needed.

It started out like a dream.

Since then, it’s been a nightmare.

Jackson played in three games in 2019 and five games in 2020.

It’s safe to say that with a deal worth $10M per year, the team hasn’t gotten the return on investment.

Another case of Howie Roseman being too personal with his former players, and thinking with his heart instead of his head.

7. The Dream Team

Another easy one.

The 2011 Eagles saw the team spend heavy on high-price talent.

To sure up a terrible secondary, Roseman brought in the likes of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha.

The “Dream Team” moniker was coined thanks to the backup QB.

It quickly turned into a disaster.

An 8-8 season followed by a 4-12 year saw the end of the Andy Reid era.

Somehow Roseman was able to keep his job. Even with his “Dream Team” disaster clearly on his resume.

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3 thoughts on “Ranking the 10 worst moves of the Howie Roseman era

  1. I have to agree with the other Dave about the Hurts pick. I agree with pretty much everything he said, but I also have to ask, why should drafting Hurts have had any effect on Wentz at all? Is he that fragile? The Packers drafted Arron Rodgers 24th overall when they had Brett Favre, and they just drafted Jordan Love in the 1st round and it clearly didn’t affect the play of Rodgers or Favre. According to the media reports, Wentz is a read jerk and a crybaby. I don’t care how talented he is, I can’t root for him anymore. I’d much prefer they develop Hurts as opposed to trying to “fix” Wentz. I don’t believe he will never be good again. Also, you mentioned Brandon Graham as a good player which he is. However, they traded up to get him at a time when they desperately needed a safety, and Earl Thomas-one of the greatest ever- was sitting there and they passed on him to take Graham!? To me, that was a worse move than some others you have on here, despite BG being a good player.

  2. Great List. And they talk about having someone else making the picks, and leave Howie to keep doing these awful contracts. I’m not feeling it.

  3. Nick….agree with everything on your list except drafting Hurts. You may think that it was a dumb move and it may have been an accident on Howie’s part, but to say it was one of his worst moves, is very short sighted on your part.

    I don’t care how beat up the line is or how bad the receivers are, etc. Wentz was truly god awful this year. His accuracy was way off and he was missing wide open guys. He held the ball way too long and took way too many sacks. He had numerous opportunities to run when there was open field in front of him, yet he kept trying to make the hero throw and ended up getting sacked or fumbled the ball.

    This is a guy who is in his 5th year. This is a guy making $32M+. Have we seen some amazing plays made by Wentz in his career, absolutely. Did he play well at the end of 2019 with a bunch of practice squad guys, absolutely. But did he play like a really bad overmatched rookie and didn’t the rookie backup play like a stud this year?

    Does Hurts have much to work on and learn, absolutely. But, his ceiling is very high because he is a double threat. Wentz is not. Wentz ran in 2017 and has not since. Has he been told to stay in the pocket, who knows? Is he afraid to run, who knows? The situation is what it is. Hurts proved throughout his college career that he is a double threat. Look at all the teams this year who have QB’s who run or can run from Lamar Jackson to Aaron Rodgers. This list is quite long. Doug seems to be content to have a QB sit back in the pocket and surround him with a huge OL so he can have the time to go through his progressions. If a guy needs that much time, then he is not the guy. By this point, for Wentz, it should be second nature. And to point out the obvious, Hurts played behind this same line and with these same receivers. Sure Jeffrey came back, but he’s averaged 1 catch per game. DeSean came back last week and had one catch.

    A lot is on Doug for always consistently abandoning the run. A lot is on Doug for trying to make Wentz a pocket passer, even after admitting at the beginning of the season that Wentz seems to play better when they get him outside the pocket where he can throw on the run. Maybe it’s all on Doug, and if so, Doug needs to go or they need to get an OC who calls the plays, not one who designs them and lets Doug do the play calling, a real OC in charge of the offense who does not abandon the run. But to say that drafting Hurts was a bone headed move by Howie, IMHO just might be one of his better moves in the long run. Besides, there are many, many more bad moves by Howie you can choose from

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