The Philadelphia Eagles endured a troublesome end to the season on the gridiron that ultimately put pay to their playoff aspirations and now it seems that issues off the field are threatening to destabalize the franchise just days into the offseason.
The Eagles announced on Wednesday that they had released vice president of player personnel, Tom Gamble and reports in the aftermath of the decision have revealed the move was the latest development in the growing battle between GM Howie Roseman and head coach Chip Kelly.
With Gamble and Kelly enjoying a strong working relationship, ESPN, citing a source with knowledge of the situation, noted that Gamble's firing was a message from owner Jeff Lurie to Chip Kelly that he was siding with his GM as tensions continue to grow.
Gamble himself reportedly had to be escorted from the Philadelphia facility on Wednesday with all signs pointing to a less than amicable departure.
GM Roseman for his part released the following statement on the situation:
"We thank Tom for his service over the past two seasons and wish him and his family the best as they move forward. I appreciate all Tom has done for our scouting department and our team."
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It is rumored that Kelly and Roseman have failed to see eye to eye when it comes to player recruitment with the absence of 2014 first-round pick Marcus Smith for numerous games this season just one example of a lack of cohesion amongst the decision makers.
More heading for the exit?
And while Chip Kelly's position as head coach is not believed to be under immediate threat despite the strained working relationship it is though that Tom Gamble may not be the only one searching for new employment in the near future.
CSN Philly reporter Geoff Mosher reported today that a number of Eagles scouts are unhappy with Roseman and his policies and could be facing the cut moving forward.