According to various media reports, including the one below from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the 10-6 Philadelphia Eagles have ousted Vice President of Player Personnel Tom Gamble three days after the season ended.
Gamble has been with the team since February 2013, even before the start of the Chip Kelly era, when General Manager Howie Roseman hired him away from the 49ers to assist in player evaluation and personnel decisions.
This move comes on the heels of Kelly’s second year in charge, one marred by a poor draft and missing the playoffs despite the Eagles accruing ten wins.
Given recent indications from Kelly and Roseman, summarized well in this piece by The Inquirer‘s Jeff McLane, it appears that there is friction between the head coach and General Manager. Kelly is also reportedly very close with Gamble, often praising his ability as a football evaluator. Meanwhile, Kelly praised Roseman’s ability to manage the cap without directly mentioning his talents as a personnel decision-maker.
Gamble’s ouster, if you want to read between the lines, would suggest that Roseman, who owner Jeffrey Lurie told the media was responsible for the successful 2012 draft, could be re-gaining some control over personnel decisions from Kelly; Kelly’s mark was indelibly left on this past draft with picks like Josh Huff and Taylor Hart, both Oregon products.
This offseason will certainly be a pivotal one, not only for the roster, but for upper management as well: can Roseman and Kelly co-exist as equals, will one submit to the other, or will friction ensue? We all saw a situation just a few days ago in which 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh was fired/left the team due to problems with upper management, and Eagles fans would be loathe to see their own former Pac-12 coach do the same.