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Eagles promote Andy Weidl to VP of player personnel to take place of Joe Douglas

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Eagles promote Andy Weidl to VP of player personnel to take place of Joe Douglas

The Eagles didn’t have to look very far to find a replacement for Joe Douglas, promoting Andy Weidl from director of player personnel to vice president of player personnel. 

Weidl, who had been Douglas’s right-hand man, will now replace him as Douglas begins his tenure as the Jets’ general manager. 

This was a seemingly obvious move for the Eagles because their system has been working. Weidl isn’t a Douglas clone, but this will sort of allow some consistency in the front office. The two had a long working history together, both coming up under legendary Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome. 

The Eagles should already have a good sense of the working relationship that they’ll have between Howie Roseman and Weidl. The relationship between Roseman and Douglas was key over the last few years. 

“Andy comes from the Ozzie Newsome tree of talent evaluators in Baltimore,” Roseman said in a statement. “I spoke with (senior football advisor) Tom Donahoe, who hired Andy in Pittsburgh, and he had nothing but great things to say about his work ethic. You can sense his drive for scouting right off the bat and he has spent his entire career working for an opportunity like this. We are very pleased to have him join us.”

Weidl is a Pittsburgh native, but was an offensive lineman at Villanova in the 90s. He began his scouting career with the Steelers, then went to the Saints before joining the Ravens. He was in Baltimore from 2005-16, most of those years with Douglas. 

In addition to the promotion for Weidl, the Eagles also made several other front office changes: 

• Roseman’s new title is “executive vice president/general manager,” which is great because the Eagles previously had an executive vice president of football operations and a vice president of football operations (Andrew Berry). 

• Ian Cunningham has been promoted to assistant director of player personnel (from director of college scouting). Cunningham is another big move because he came from the Ravens’ pipeline and the Eagles were able to keep him from leaving to join Douglas and the Jets. 

• Brandon Brown promoted to director of pro scouting. 

• Bryce Johnson promoted to director of football administration. 

• Katie David promoted to football operations director. 

• Casey Weidl promoted to director of scouting operations. 

• Max Gruder hired as assistant director of pro scouting. 

• Matt Holland promoted to senior pro scout. 

• Chris Nolan promoted to player personnel scout. 

• Ameena Soliman hired as player personnel coordinator. 

• James Gilman hired as quantitative analyst. 

• Ed Miller promoted to assistant equipment manager. 

• Craig Blake promoted to assistant equipment manager. 

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Howie Roseman hints how Eagles will replace Joe Douglas

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Howie Roseman hints how Eagles will replace Joe Douglas

Howie Roseman has given the Eagles great depth on the football field, and he said the team has tremendous depth in the front office too.

They need it now.

Roseman hinted strongly on Monday that the Eagles will fill Joe Douglas’ role internally.

Douglas, who spent the last three years as the Eagles’ vice president of player personnel, accepted the Jets’ general manager position on Friday.

Douglas, who won two Super Bowl rings with the Ravens and a third with the Eagles, was an exceptionally valuable member of the Eagles’ front office these last few years and instrumental in helping build the roster that won Super Bowl LII and has the second-most wins in the NFL over the last two years.

We’re very fortunate we have a LOT of talented people in this building and we prepared for the day we were going to lose someone," Roseman said Monday. "We certainly did not want to lose Joe. Joe’s just been a great asset to us and a great resource, but we are deep. We are deep in the front office.

Roseman identified the following people from the scouting and operations departments when asked about the team’s front office depth:

Andy Weidl: Director of player personnel 

Tom Donahoe: Senior football adviser

Anthony Patch: Senior director of college scouting

Ian Cunningham: Director of college scouting

Brandon Brown: Assistant director of pro scouting Brandon Brown

Andrew Berry: Vice president of football operations

Jon Ferrari: Vice president of football operations and compliance

Alec Halaby: Vice president of football operations and strategy 

Jake Rosenberg: Vice president of football administration

Bryce Johnston: Director of football administration

Aileen Dagrosa: Senior vice president, general counsel

Weidl, who was with Douglas in Baltimore, would be most likely to fill Douglas’ position here, although nobody would be surprised if Douglas tries to poach him from the Eagles.

Patch is very highly regarded and has been with the team in various roles since 2010.

“We have good people here,” Roseman said. “That doesn’t mean we’re not going to miss Joe, but it’s everyone else’s opportunity to step up a little bit.”

Roseman and Douglas have enjoyed an extraordinary working relationship since Douglas came aboard in the spring of 2016. I wrote about that just before the draft (see article).

It’s like losing a good player,” Roseman said. “I’m happy for him that he got the opportunity, but why does anyone have to take our talent? But I’m happy for him. We’ve had so many conversations about this (and) he’s going to do a great job. Glad they’re in the AFC.

The Eagles do have plenty of capable scouts. You don’t build a Super Bowl-champion roster without strong scouts across the board.

But there’s no way to sugar-coat this. The Eagles are really going to miss Douglas. And one of the most important decisions Roseman will make all year is figuring out how to replace him.

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Joe Douglas leaves Eagles to become Jets general manager

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Joe Douglas leaves Eagles to become Jets general manager

For a long time, the Eagles knew this day was going to come. But that won’t make it any easier.

The Jets are hiring Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas to fill their vacant general manager job. (It's a six-year deal from the Jets, according to ESPN.) And the Eagles, in the process, are losing one of their key front office members.

Douglas was hired by the Eagles in May of 2016 and has helped them build rosters that have gone to the playoffs in back-to-back years and helped construct the Super Bowl team in 2017.

In New York, Douglas will take over a franchise that has been a laughingstock in the NFL. He replaces recently fired Mike Maccagnan and will reunite with head coach Adam Gase, who was the offensive coordinator in Chicago during Douglas’ only season there. Douglas was reportedly Gase’s first pick for the job. If anyone can un-Jets the Jets, it’s Douglas, who will provide a much-needed vision and stability to a team that has been a wreck for a long time.

While Douglas was long considered to be the favorite for the Jets job, New York also interviewed Scott Fitterer (Seahawks), Terry Fontenot (Saints) and Champ Kelly (Bears). 

While this is a tough day for the Eagles, they have been preparing for this moment.

"At some point, we are going to lose executives," Eagles owner Jeff Lurie said in March. "When you’re winning, you’re going to lose executives. I think we’re in a great position to be able to deal with that. We don’t want to put a cap on how many good executives we have in football operations. That would be a competitive mistake."

This offseason, the Eagles did hire Andrew Berry as their vice president of football operations, so perhaps he could be Douglas’ replacement. But for now, Berry is working under Roseman in a different area.

The reason this is such a big blow is because of the working relationship Douglas and Roseman had achieved over the last few years. No, they weren’t lockstep with each other on every decision, but they had a similar vision and respect was always at the forefront of their relationship. Before Douglas’ arrival, there was a clear perception — some of it earned — that Roseman was tough to work with. There was a list of guys who failed next to him. But when Lurie reinstated Roseman’s power after he fired Chip Kelly, it was clear that there was going to be a significant personnel hire. That hire took a while to make, but it was a key part to the puzzle.

While Roseman has grown into a solid talent evaluator, it’s clear his biggest strength is understanding value and the financial aspects of the NFL. His biggest strengths and weaknesses seemed to be perfectly complementary to those of Douglas, who came up in Baltimore from the scouting world.

Just a few weeks ago, before the combine, Douglas and Roseman both raved about the way they and the entire organization worked together.

"We’re both extremely passionate about this game and we want nothing more than to win championships at the highest level,” Douglas said earlier this offseason. “I think what makes our relationship work is that we’re not afraid to have tough conversations. Oftentimes we can set our egos aside and come up with the best solutions for the Philadelphia Eagles."

The Eagles blocked Douglas from interviewing with the Texans in January of 2018, which is a shame for Douglas, because that seems to be a much more stable spot than where he ended up. But there are only 32 of these jobs available and Douglas was eventually (and deservingly) going to get one.

Now, it’s time for the Eagles to replace him.

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