Tom Gamble got hired by the Eagles last February. He is officially listed as the Vice President of Player Personnel. Gamble was brought in to help with both college and pro scouting. He’s been in the business for a couple of decades and helped build the Niners team that is among the best in the league right now.
The Miami Dolphins are now looking to hire Gamble to be their GM. They parted ways with Jeff Ireland for a variety of reasons. You know things aren’t ideal when the fact you’ve gone 5 years without making the playoffs is only one of the reasons you’re let go. Ouch. The Dolphins are looking at a few people, but reportedly Gamble is at the top of their list.
Will he go?
That’s not an easy question. Gamble left a good organization in SF in part due to personal reasons. He’s got family in the Philly area. He also worked for the Eagles early in his career. I’m assuming he enjoyed his time here. He may have been friends with Howie Roseman. No idea about that.
Coming to the Eagles was more of a lateral move than a promotion so that tells you leaving the Eagles won’t be done lightly. Gamble isn’t going to just jump because the job is open. He’ll want to leave if he thinks Miami is a good job. I’ve got some concerns about owner Stephen Ross and the Dolphins organization. They’ve done some odd things in recent years and I’m not sure just how good a job that is.
Eric DeCosta of the Ravens is #2 to Ozzie Newsome. He’s had offers to be a GM, but turns them down because he prefers to stick with Baltimore, an organization he loves and trusts. GMs must be very picky. If you get fired, you are not guaranteed a second chance. You can get some kind of job with an organization, but not necessarily another chance to be GM. You can only take a GM job if you really believe in it or if you’re really desperate.
I tend to think Gamble will stay with the Eagles and wait on a better situation, but that is a wild guess. If he talks to Ross and they get along, Gamble may roll the dice and take the job. Gamble wanted to come to Philly for a reason. I’m just not sure the Dolphins are an organization you leave for.
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If Gamble does leave, the Eagles have plenty of guys still in the front office.
Tom Gamble – Vice President of Player Personnel
Anthony Patch – Director of College Scouting
Rick Mueller — Player Personnel Executive
Ed Marynowitz – Assistant Director of Player Personnel
Tom Donahoe — Senior Football Advisor
Andy Speyer — Southwest Regional Scout
Michael Bradway – Eastern Regional Scout
Brad Obee —- College Scouting Coordinator
Alan Wolking – College Scout, Southeast
Michael Davis – College Scout, Midwest
Trey Brown — College Scout, West
Bret Munsey — NFS Scout
Louis Clark —- Pro Scout
I think the area where the Eagles would be most vulnerable is pro scouting. Louis Riddick ran that prior to Gamble’s arrival. If Gamble leaves, there is no one who is an expert in that field. Howie knows what he’s doing and he does have Louis Clark as a pro scout, but it helps to have an administrator who has focused on that area.
Mueller and Donahoe have done plenty of pro scouting from their days as GMs so focusing on that are wouldn’t be super hard.
Let’s hope Gamble stays and this isn’t an area of concern.
NFL source tells me as of couple hrs ago Eagles VP of player personnel Tom Gamble had not heard from Dolphins GM interview.
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) January 8, 2014
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I wrote about Johnny Football over at ScoutsNotebook. I’m glad Foles emerged because Johnny scares me to death. Great talent, but plenty of questions.
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A few follow-up comments on the DL
Bennie Logan is a player that Kelly and the staff planned to have bulk up. He was probably around 305 this year. Logan said the coaches hope to get him up to the 320 range. They don’t want him too big. Logan’s athletic ability is an asset. You want him stout enough to be a good run defender, but you don’t want him fat.
I have no idea if the coaches will adjust Thornton and/or Cox for 2014. Both guys bulked up a bit this year. The coaches may not want them getting too much bigger. Both guys are powerful as-is.
Vinny Curry was a poor run defender at the beginning of the season. He improved quite a bit during the course of the year. Curry became an effective 2-gap DE. There are some plays where he got pushed around, but he won his share of battles. I think he’ll be even better in 2014.
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I’ll post a DGR. I just wanted to let a few days go by before starting. Seeing the Riley Cooper drop is likely to die of a “what if?” attack.
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Jay Gruden is reportedly the leading candidate for the Skins. There is a case to be made for him, but Jay isn’t the most compelling guy. Putting him with that owner and that organization doesn’t feel like a good fit at all. So let’s hope they do it.