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|With the hiring of Chip Kelly, GM Howie Roseman has put his stamp on the Eagles organization.|
And the reality seems to be that Roseman has emerged from this process more powerful than he has ever been. He kind of winces whenever you bring up this stuff, and talks in elaborate circles whenever the subject of who has final personnel control is raised, but just know this:
The answer used to be that Reid had final say. There was no nuance. Now, there is nuance. Now, no one is willing to say that the coach has final say. In fact, Lurie said, Kelly went out of his way to say that he was not into empire-building, that "I just want to collaborate."
Just listening to everybody talk about it, the structure sounds very much like it did when Tom Modrak was the Eagles' general manager, before Reid took total control of the football operation after a few seasons as coach. That is, the general manager picks the players but he does it with the knowledge that the franchise will collapse if he continually gives the coach square pegs for his round holes.