The Philadelphia Eagles loses one of their two directors of player staff when Ian Cunningham Hired by Chicago Bears last month. Now the other one, Brandon Brown allegedly leaves Philly to be the New York Giants‘new assistant general manager.
Brown is in his fifth season with the Eagles. He was previously the team’s director of pro-reconnaissance before being promoted to his current position last May. Brown still oversees the team’s pro-reconnaissance department with a bit of cross-work to the college scout side.
It’s usually not easy to analyze credit and blame when it comes to evaluating front office managers who rank among the top decision maker (Howie Roseman for the Eagles). But Brown is said to play a key role in the Eagles demanding Travis Fulgham’s pardon in 2020. Fulgham, of course, did not last as long in Philly as everyone had hoped, but it was still a good pickup relative to expectation; he was the team’s leading receiver.
While not necessarily a devastating blow to move forward, it does not seem ideal for the Eagles to lose both Cunningham and Brown in the same off-season. Especially not ideal for the Eagles to lose Brown to a division competitor.
And the key losses may not stop there.
There is little buzz that Eagles vice president of player staff Andy Weidl may be a candidate for the Pittsburgh Steelers‘general manager vacancy. Steelers longtime Kevin Colbert retires 2022 NFL Draft and is expected to help find his successor. Weidl is a native of Pittsburgh and he began his NFL career with the Steelers as a player staff assistant in 1998.
Jeffrey Lurie had previously credited Roseman for stocking the Eagles’ front office pipeline. We’ll see if the team plans to promote from within – former Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell stands out as a notable candidate – or goes outside the organization to make new appointments. Or maybe a mixture of both.
In other news, the Giants reportedly interviewed the former Eagles defensive coordinator and current Tennessee Titans assistant Jim Schwartz for their DC vacancy. The Giants recently signed Patrick Graham to the Las Vegas Raiders therefore, they are looking for his replacement on Brian Daboll’s staff. Although his opponents would make you believe otherwise, Schwartz would be a good hire for the Giants. We’ll have to see if he gets the job and if it goes to someone else, like Don “Wink” Martindale.