That didn't take long.
Just a couple weeks after bringing all-time fan favorite Brian Dawkins aboard to work with the scouting department for a nine-month stint, the Eagles made Dawkins a full-time team employee on Tuesday.
Dawkins' official title will be Football Operations Executive.
Vice president of football operations Howie Roseman announced the move at a strange time during his press conference on Tuesday, which was scheduled after the Eagles traded for Dorial Green-Beckham. When asked why Doug Pederson was the right guy to handle players with off-the-field issues in their pasts, Roseman said it was on the entire organization.
Then he said this: "On a different note, today we hired Brian Dawkins full-time to help in this regard. His title is Football Operations Executive. And he's going to help in player development. In his week here, we saw the contributions he can make to our football team. And we're not putting it (all) on Brian either. It's on all of us. We feel like we're going to get a structure in place that gives us the best chance to succeed."
When Dawkins, 42, was brought into the scouting department a couple weeks ago as a part of the NFL's Nunn-Wooten Scouting Fellowship, he said he was looking forward to seeing if it would lead to something bigger (see story).
It looks like it already has.
The Eagles have been working hard this offseason to restore a family feeling to the NovaCare Complex. Five of their coaches — Doug Pederson, Duce Staley, Greg Lewis, Tim Hauck and Eugene Chung — played for the team and former safety Quintin Mikell is the team's Director of Player Engagement.
Dawkins is just the latest name on this long list of former Eagles making post-playing careers inside the NovaCare Complex.
Harold Carmichael learned back on Monday that he had finally made it into the Hall of Fame, but for logistical reasons he wasn’t allowed to tell anybody until after the official announcement on Wednesday.
As it happened, on Tuesday night, Harold found himself sitting next to his close friend and long-time coach Dick Vermeil at a dinner at NaBrasa Brazlian Steakhouse in Horsham.
For three hours.
Vermeil had just learned he didn't make it into the Hall of Fame. Carmichael had just learned he had.
And he couldn't say a word.
“It was killing me,” Carmichael said. “We talked about being disappointed that he didn’t get in, but I couldn’t say anything to him. He was promoting Dick Vermeil wines and we had about 160 people and they were asking me if I’d heard anything yet and I would just get off the subject. I really didn’t want to lie to anybody. I just couldn’t say anything about it. It was very, very tough for me. It’s still tough for me right now because I’m still trying to answer a lot of the texts. Got over 400 just in the past 24 hours and phone messages. My mailbox is full. They just gotta have patience. Like I did for 36 years.”
Carmichael’s wait is over.
This fall, he’ll be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame alongside more than 300 other all-time greats.
Carmichael retired after the 1984 season, so he’s been eligible since 1989. Despite ranking 5th in NFL history in receptions when he retired, he was never even a finalist until this year.
“I didn’t know if I deserved to be in there,” Carmichael said Thursday. “I’ve been hearing I should be in there for the past 30-some years. It was not a lock for me. I didn’t know if I was good enough. I tried to do my best, but it was not for me to say I should be in the Hall of Fame. It was for me to try to put the numbers up and try to be the type of person they would want to represent the Hall of Fame.”
From 1973 through 1983, Carmichael led the NFL in yards (8,414), touchdowns (77) and catches (549).
When he retired after playing two games with the Cowboys in 1984, Carmichael ranked 5th in NFL history in catches, 7th in yards and 7th in TD catches.
Today, 36 years after his last touchdown, Carmichael still ranks 24th in NFL history in TD catches.
This is all from a kid who didn’t get recruited to play major-college football, was a walk-on at Southern University in Baton Rouge and was drafted in the 7th round.
“When I got here, Harold Jackson and Ben Hawkins were the starting receivers,” Carmichael said. “They were veterans and I was trying to learn how to be a football player and questioning whether I could play in the National Football League.”
Now, nearly half a century later, Carmichael has been recognized as one of the greatest of all time.
He’s only the 8th receiver drafted in the 7th round or later to make it into the Hall of Fame and the first whose career began in the 1970s or later.
Carmichael, 70, said the last 24 hours have been a whirlwind as congratulations have come in from 50 years worth of friends, teammates, coaches and associates.
“My son said to my wife, ‘Mom, I didn’t know so many people loved dad like this,’” Carmichael said.
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On the latest Eagle Eye podcast presented by Nissan, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro try to figure out what’s taking Doug Pederson so long to hire an offensive coordinator.
Some top names have already found jobs. The guys update the remaining vacancies and speculate about the Eagles’ plan and toss out one new theory.
They also look back at the biggest lessons from the 2019 season.
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• What are the Eagles’ waiting for?
• Lessons from the 2019 season
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• Figuring out which DEs are on the bubble
• Our championship weekend predictions
• Harold Carmichael is finally Hall-bound
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