PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Eagles executive Tom Gamble is expected to interview for two general manager jobs, both in Florida, and both with tricky coaching situations.
ESPN’s Adam Caplan first reported that Gamble was contacted by the Miami Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Eagles were notified by those teams of their intention to interview Gamble, Caplan reported.
In Miami, GM Jeff Ireland left after reported acrimony with head coach Joe Philbin and other members of the team’s front office.
In Tampa, the Buccaneers just hired Lovie Smith as head coach to replace Greg Schiano. The organization is now looking for a GM to work with the coach -- the reverse of the normal order of events.
Gamble has been with the Eagles for just one season after eight seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. His title is vice president of player personnel, but he reports to general manager Howie Roseman, and a GM job would represent a promotion.
Roseman credited Gamble with helping the Eagles’ successful 2013 draft. And there is no doubt Gamble is a respected talent evaluator.
But the Eagles are in decent position even if they lose Gamble. Roseman has surrounded himself with a group of veteran personnel men, including Tom Donahoe, Rick Mueller, Anthony Patch and Ed Marynowitz.
With head coach Chip Kelly and his staff expected to be more involved in the evaluation process this year, there are plenty of informed voices in the Eagles’ personnel meetings.
As for Gamble, he is widely liked and respected as one of the genuinely good people in the NFL. It would be hard to begrudge him taking an opportunity to run his own team.