Baltimore is known as a breeding grounds for stellar coaches, executives, and even players. Teams on the market for new coordinators, head coaches, front office executives, and even free agent splashes often focus their searches on the little east coast state. Recent defections include head coach Gary Kubiak to the Denver Broncos, top free agent Kelechi Osemele to the Oakland Raiders, and new Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Ted Monachino.
One such defection last offseason was Joe Douglas, who was hired away by the Chicago Bears to serve as their Director of Scouting after 15 years as a scout for the Ravens. Douglas was considered a valuable asset for the Ravens, and was considered one of the key people in the evaluation of players like Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, and Pernell McPhee, among others.
Douglas was just hired by the Philadelphia Eagles as their 'Personnel Director' after one season with the Bears. He will head the scouting department and report to Howie Roseman, the Eagles' executive vice president of football operations. The Cleveland Browns made a run at him before the draft this year, but the Bears denied permission to interview him then, although it is not uncommon for a team to deny permission Douglas, who interviewed last Thursday, was seemingly the only candidate interviewed for the position.
Douglas will have his work cut out for him working under Howie Roseman, who will have the final say on decisions. The last two people to hold this position, Tom Gamble and Ed Marynowitz each only lasted one year before being fired. But if the track record of former Ravens executives holds, Douglas will likely be there for a while and help build the Eagles into an even better team.