The Philadelphia Eagles officially hired former Bears college scouting director Joe Douglas as their VP of player personnel on Wednesday.
- The Eagles also hired Andy Weidl as the assistant director of player personnel.
- Other moves by the Eagles include: Alec Halaby named vice president, football operations and strategy; Tom Donahoe senior football advisor; Anthony Patch senior director of college scouting; Trey Brown director of college scouting; Mike Bradway assistant director of college scouting; and Rick Mueller player personnel executive.
The release says that Douglas will report to Eagles executive VP of football operations Howie Roseman.
“It’s imperative to me that we have a player personnel department that is not only top-notch and innovative, but has excellent communication with all phases of our football operations,” said team owner Jeffrey Lurie. “It’s a crucial part of the success of an NFL franchise and it will always be a priority for me. I’m very pleased how thorough and patient we were with the search process that began in January. With the additions of Joe Douglas and Andy Weidl, along with the other changes we have made, we all feel that we will have a strong department of talent evaluators that will work well with all facets of football operations to make the best decisions for our franchise and for our fans.”
“I have known Joe for several years and have admired his work with both the Ravens and the Bears,” Roseman said. “He is a guy that we had targeted from the outset. I feel that we are very fortunate to have him lead our player personnel department. (Ravens GM) Ozzie Newsome and (Bears GM) Ryan Pace spoke very highly of him and his work. He is passionate about football, passionate about scouting and he played a vital role in the success of the Ravens over the last decade.
“Andy also comes from the Ozzie Newsome tree of talent evaluators in Baltimore and he has a great working relationship with Joe,” said Roseman. “I spoke with Tom Donahoe, who hired Andy in Pittsburgh, and he had nothing but great things to say about his work ethic. Like Joe, you can sense his drive for scouting right off the bat and he has spent his entire career working for an opportunity like this. We are very pleased to have him join us.
“Tom Donahoe did a great job in his increased role preparing for the 2016 draft and in all other aspects of our personnel decisions. We are very fortunate to have someone with his knowledge and experience as a resource in our football operations department.”
This move had been expected for a few weeks now and the Bears have already promoted a replacement from within, so this news shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
Many around the league have spoken highly of Douglas and believe he’ll be a great addition to the Eagles’ front office.