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Howie Roseman ‘insecure,’ Eagles’ Front Office a ‘divisive, paranoid place’

Oct 22, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

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A couple weeks back, an anonymous general manager ripped the Detroit Lions franchise from top to bottom in an article that appeared in Pro Football Weekly. As it would happen, the Eagles and GM Howie Roseman especially are not immune to the wrath of PFW’s sources, shrouded in mystery though they are.

Tucked away in a series of quotes which PFW loosely describes as coming from “NFL scouts, coaches and front-office personnel, speaking on the condition of anonymity,” was a damning portrait of Philadelphia’s football operations from an alleged insider. Roseman in particular falls under intense scrutiny, as the Eagles are portrayed as being very poorly run under the current general manager’s watch.

“The front-office situation in Philadelphia is not a good one. Scouts are not allowed to talk to coaches during training camp. You’re talking about some scouts who have known the coaches for years. Coaches coach, scouts scout and that’s the way it is. It’s not a happy environment. It’s a divisive, paranoid place, and it’s hard to grow and jell as a team in that type of setting. That’s the result of hiring a very insecure GM who does not know football.”

It’s always difficult to know what to make of this stuff when you don’t know where it’s coming from. We can only assume this is somebody who at least worked in the organization at some point since Roseman’s promotion, and if that is indeed the case, clearly we may be dealing with a disgruntled ex-employee, somebody who blames the Eagles’ process for his departure. Every team has their own way of handling business, and it’s unclear what Andy Reid’s involvement is to that end — last we checked, he is still the man in charge over there.

That said, you can bank on hearing a lot more talk of a fractured front office if the current campaign continues heading south. If nothing else, it fuels speculation there have been ongoing power struggles such as the one that supposedly sent Joe Banner packing.

PFW also had a (presumably) separate source weigh in on the Juan Castillo’s ousting, calling the move to promote Todd Bowles to defensive coordinator “long overdue.”

>> Insider: Bowles promotion was long overdue [PFW]

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