PHILADELPHIA -- His boss is promising “100-percent accountability” for personnel decisions. For Howie Roseman, getting pushed out of his job carried the sting of accountability.
Roseman was the Philadelphia Eagles' general manager when coach Chip Kelly convinced owner Jeff Lurie to give him full control of personnel decisions. A year later, Kelly was fired and Roseman was back in a position of authority.
Roseman helped Lurie with the search process that resulted in the hiring of Doug Pederson. He will be involved as the team hires a new personnel executive.
The whole experience has changed him, Roseman said Tuesday.
“I think when this happened last year, this was something I took to heart,” Roseman said. “I think it goes back to what was really important to me and that was the relationships. So how can I build better relationships?”
Roseman’s record as a GM was mixed. He was in charge when the Eagles drafted Danny Watkins in the first round, but also when they took Fletcher Cox. He said Tuesday that he was responsible for the team’s drafting of linebacker Marcus Smith II in the first round in 2014.
“I’ll take responsibility for everything that happened when I was the general manager here,” Roseman said. “I’m happy to take responsibility for all that.”
With Pederson, Roseman has a chance to rewrite his Eagles legacy. Pederson was an Eagles assistant coach for four years. On top of that, Pederson and Roseman are both represented by agent Bob LaMonte. There is already a familiarity and trust that Roseman never developed with Kelly.
“I’ve been very fortunate in the National Football League about how my career has been and so I took it as an opportunity to work on some things that maybe I hadn’t had a chance to work on because I was too busy doing whatever the role is,” Roseman said.
“And that’s not an excuse, but I felt like it was an opportunity for me to do that and work on things and I feel very fortunate that I had the opportunity to do that.”
Before Kelly, Roseman was a constant in the turmoil that became characteristic of the Eagles’ front office. Executives, from Tom Heckert and Jason Licht to Joe Banner and Tom Gamble, have left the team while Roseman survived.
“I learned that the relationships are really important to me, that the people are really important to me,” Roseman said. “And all I could do is kind of move forward here and kind of just work on some things through the course of the year and kind of learn from the experience.”