On Wednesday morning, general manager Howie Roseman participated in a panel discussion at the Rothman Institute's “The Impact of Sports” conference to discuss the decision-making process as one of the leading sports executives in the City of Philadelphia.
Following the talk, which was held at Lincoln Financial Field, Roseman fielded questions from reporters regarding a number of Eagles-related topics. Check out some of Roseman's answers below:
On the Eagles' cap management philosophy: "The hardest part of our jobs is balancing short term vs. long term. When you look at the cap, the cap is flat going forward. When we look at our cap situation next year, two years out, we don't have any sort of flexibility. If we don't push any money forward, we're in the hole.
"Obviously, we don't know everything about who exactly is going to be on our team, what we're going to need it for. If there was an opportunity to add someone that we thought was part of our core group, we would do that. At the same time, we want to be smart about it and we want to be in a position at some point here to get back competing every year. To do that, you need money."
On whether veteran free agents could still be added to the roster: "Every day we're in meetings as a personnel staff discussing the players who are on the street. If we thought there was someone who could make a difference, who could upgrade what we have - there are good players out there, but we also want to see our young players develop. That's part of our responsibility is drafting and developing our players and then hopefully, having enough cap room, having enough space to go in and extend those guys at some point and whether that's this year or next year targeting those guys to make sure they are here for a long time."
On Chip Kelly's training sessions: "It was consistent with what you see at the University of Oregon. You went there, watch practice and I've had the opportunity to go out there a bunch of times to see how they practice so for me, personally, it's kind of what I expected. It's a lot of energy. The most important thing that we have is buy-in from our players. You see how hard they're working, how hard they're training. I think the reason for optimism is because they're buying in."
On what he's seen from the players during the OTAs: "A lot of energy. Very fast pace. I think that the players are really getting into the pace of play on both sides of the ball. You want to be careful not to evaluate too much, get too far ahead of ourselves until the pads come on, but for where we are now things look like (the way) they should look."
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"(Kelly's) just making sure we're in a situation that someone's ready to go. When you do it now, it's not in the season - when you're gameplanning, it's Week 8, you have a nickel corner go down, Jason, take some reps. This is the time to do it."
On the likelihood that the 2014 NFL Draft will be held in May instead of the typical last weekend of April: "We were talking about it this morning. This would be our week coming off the draft. It's a difference for us in how we prepare and at the same time whatever works for the league, we're in favor of. We'll support."
On the impact of how Chip Kelly's training methods give players more individual reps: "It's a lot more time watching practice tape then you normally do at this time of year. It's a lot of reps and you're getting an opportunity to see guys in different situations that maybe you wouldn't normally see until Training Camp. We just have to caution ourselves that these guys are still in shorts. When the pads come on, things will change, but just seeing them run around, really, scouting is a study of movement because a lot of times you're watching college teams or NFL teams and you don't know exactly what they're being asked to do. We're watching their movement and trying to figure out if that fits what we're trying to do."
On whether the team is taking a wait-and-see approach to offering long-term extensions because of the new coaching staff: "That's the unknown when you hire a new staff and you change schemes is that you think players can fit. You've seen the term players are good fits, but until you see them in action it's hard to exactly know. One of the things that's hard for us and you've seen some of it this offseason, we've had players that were good players in a different scheme that we've invested in and it's not going to turnover.
“For me, that's different because we've been with one head coach, but when you talk with people around the league, they tell you, 'When you change coaches, when you change schemes, there are going to be good players who fall by the wayside,’ and that's hard for the general manager because you know it's a good player. You know in a different scheme he's going to be a good player, but at the same time you know it's not a good fit for you."
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