After looking at the recent departures from the Eagles’ front office, it looked as if the organizational chart was a slice of Swiss cheese. The main part of the slice was still intact, but there were noticeable holes, one of which was left by executives such as Andy Weidl, who left for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now, the Eagles are moving to fill the remaining holes, appearing to have done so with two internal hires.
According to Sports Illustrated senior NFL reporter Albert Breerthe Eagles will be promoting vice president of football operations and strategy Alec Halaby and vice president of football operations and compliance Jon Ferrari, giving both the title of assistant general manager.
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Ferrari formerly worked in the league office for nine years working in labor-related deals and being part of the league’s management council before coming to the Eagles in 2016. Ferrari started as the team’s football compliance manager and was later promoted to director of football compliance before assuming his current role. Ferrari could take on the role previously held by Catherine Raîche before she accepted a job with the Cleveland Browns.
Halaby joined the Eagles as an intern in 2007 and has remained with the organization, taking his first full-time job as a player personnel analyst in 2010. Halaby has also been a special assistant to general manager Howie Roseman and, in 2016, became the vice president of football operations and strategy. In that role, Halaby oversaw the analytics department.
With the Eagles staying in-house, they went the loyalty route instead of going outside the organization. Ferrari is highly regarded around the league, and he will continue to handle the more behind-the-scenes moves to help out the rest of the coaching and personnel staff.
As for Halaby, it will be interesting to see how much of an influence he has on the way the scouting process is conducted. The Eagles were one of the teams that embraced analytics.
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