Former Eagles Director of Pro Personnel and current ESPN analyst Louis Riddick made waves earlier this season when he seemed to be calling out Howie Roseman for his poor roster construction during the Eagles' Monday Night Football loss to the Seahawks.
It seemed, to some, that Riddick might've been angling himself for a shot at the Eagles' general manager job if push came to shove and Roseman was let go after this embarrassing 2020 Eagles season.
But Riddick is apparently open to opportunities elsewhere as well.
Riddick is interviewing with the Texans on Wednesday for their open general manager position, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, and will be doing the same with the Lions on Friday:
Riddick, 51, is an Eastern Pennsylvania native who attended Pennridge High School in Bucks County, played college football at Pittsburgh, and then bounced around the NFL as a safety from 1991 to 1996.
He began his post-playing NFL career with Washington as a scout in 2001, and joined the Eagles in 2008 as a scout. Riddick became the Eagles' Director of Pro Personnel in 2010, and worked in that role until 2013.
Riddick wasn't very complimentary of Roseman when Chip Kelly wrested power from Roseman in 2015, so his criticism of the Eagles' front office this season shouldn't come as a surprise.
Earlier this year, Riddick had this to say to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Dave Zangaro, when talking about Roseman's draft record:
"Ownership’s going to have to take a look at [Roseman's draft record] and say, ‘Well, do I want to hold people accountable for that or do I think there’s some other reason why the players we have selected haven’t turned out to be as good as they need to be?’ That’s on them. But I think ultimately, in the end, the record speaks for itself and it’s not good enough."
Yeesh. It sure sounds like Riddick thinks he could be running a tighter ship.
Between the Texans and Lions openings, I'd imagine Riddick would be more inclined to take the Houston job. They have a young, Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback, and while their cap space situation isn't ideal in 2021, they have a more recent history of playing postseason football and a clearer path to contention that Detroit.
Now, if the Eagles do the unexpected and let Roseman go this offseason, perhaps we could see Riddick considered for that opening as well. It should be an intriguing next couple months.
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