Eagles confirm front office reshuffle
PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles have suffered significant attrition from both their football operations and scouting staff over the past several months, so a shakeup was needed.
New signings and promotions have poured in over the past month and the organization made them official on Friday afternoon, bringing in a total of 11 new bodies – three from the football operations side and eight from scouting staff.
As for promotions, there were 12 in football operations and seven in scouting staff.
The biggest news was the awarding of assistant general manager titles to vice president of football operations and compliance Jon Ferrari and vice president of football operations and strategy Alec Halaby.
The scouting team changed its face after losing Andy Weidl, the former vice president of player personnel and department head as assistant general manager of the Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as his two top lieutenants, Ian Cunningham and Brandon Brown, at assistant GM gigs with Chicago and the New York Giants respectively.
Dave Caldwell, the former Jacksonville general manager, was promoted from personnel manager to director/senior personnel adviser to general manager while Matt Russell, a longtime personnel heavyweight in Denver, was brought back into the organization with the same title.
Brandon Hunt was brought in from Pittsburgh to be director of scouting and two executives will share the director of player personnel title: Alan Wolking who gets a promotion from director of college scouting and outside hire Chuck Walls, who comes from the Browns of Cleveland.
The other changes were:
Football Operations Promotions:
Dom DiSandro – Senior Advisor to the General Manager/Chief Security Officer
Bryce Johnston – Vice President of Football Transactions and Strategic Planning
Paul Lancaster – Senior Director of Player Engagement
Connor Barwin – Director of Player Development
James Gilman – Director of Football Analytics
Jeff Scott – Director of Football Operations
Jon Liu – Deputy Director of Football Analytics
Kathy Mair – Player Resource Coordinator/Assistant Director of Player Engagement
Patrick McDowell – Player Development Assistant/Scout
Nick Still – Assistant Equipment Manager
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Scouting Department Promotions:
Phil Bhaya – Director of Draft Management
Max Gruder – Director of Pro Scouting
Ameena Soliman – Director of Staff Operations/Pro Scout
Ryan Myers – Assistant Director of College Scouting
Matt Holland – Senior College/Pro Scout
New Football Operations signings:
Zach Drapkin – Quantitative Analyst
Marlon Sanders – Video assistant
Elsie Reyes – Administrative Assistant, Football Operations
Scouting Service New Recruits
Jeremy Gray – Assistant Director of Professional Staff
Jordan Dizon – National Scout
Jarrod Kilburn – Academic/Professional Scout
Rod Streater – Northeast Region Scout
Ben Ijalana – Assistant Scout
Both Streater and Ijalana hail from South Jersey and played in the NFL.
Streater was a WR at Temple who then spent six years in the pros with 127 receptions for 1,755 yards and 10 touchdowns. Ijalana, meanwhile, went to Villanova and spent four years in the NFL as an offensive lineman.
-John McMullen contributes Eagles coverage for SI.com’s Eagles Today and is the NFL Insider for JAKIB Sports. You can listen to John, alongside legendary sports talker Jody McDonald, every morning from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on “Birds 365,” streaming live on YouTube.com and JAKIBSports.com. You can reach John at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen