The Philadelphia Eagles made several moves in their front office over the
Ryan Grigson was named director of player personnel. Grigson spent the past four years as the club's director of college scouting. In this role, Grigson will work closely with general manager Howie Roseman in the day-to-day college scouting operation and the annual draft preparation. He will continue to evaluate college players across the country and aid Roseman in overseeing the Eagles scouting staff, while also scouting players in other professional leagues.
"I feel we have strengthened our personnel staff today with these moves. Ryan is somebody who, professionally and personally, I feel lucky to have on board. He is an unbelievable advisor for me and somebody I have bounced a lot of ideas off over the years. Ryan is one of the unsung talented evaluators in the National Football League. He has been instrumental in our draft process since day one. He also helped build the St. Louis Rams into a championship football team. He leaves no stone left unturned in his efforts to find us good players. Ryan is not only a good scout but one of the best people and family men I have come across in the NFL," Roseman said about Grigson.
Louis Riddick was promoted to director of pro personnel. He originally joined the Eagles player personnel department in 2008 as the club's assistant director of pro personnel. In his new role, Riddick will manage the pro scouting department in evaluating players among the professional ranks, continue his job of advance scouting of upcoming opponents, and prepare the club for acquisitions through free agency and the waiver wire. In addition, he will also assist in the cross check of college players prior to the draft.
"Louis has done a great job for us since he has been an Eagle working with Jon Sandusky [former director of pro personnel; now in Cleveland] and we feel really good that, in having Louis in this role, we will continue to have a strong pro personnel department. He is a heck of an evaluator that also helps out the coaches with their game advances. He is a really sharp guy, with experience in the NFC East and he earned an opportunity to move up in the ranks. Both Ryan and Louis will do great jobs with their eye for talent, their preparation and their passion for the job," Roseman said about Riddick.
Anthony Patch was named assistant director of college scouting. He previously worked as a college scout in the West Coast region. In his new role, Patch will work closely with Roseman and Grigson in draft preparation as well as scouting top players across the country.
"Anthony is our longest-tenured scout in the building. His career is an example of what hard work and loyalty can lead to. He has an excellent eye for talent, great relationships throughout football and he is as hard-working a guy as you will find. We are lucky to be able to keep him and his family as Eagles," Roseman said about Patch.
Andy Speyer was named Southwest regional scout after serving as the team's Midwest regional scout, while Brett Veach was named pro and college scout after spending the previous three seasons as assistant to the head coach.
"Andy Speyer is a loyal, hard-working scout who does an outstanding job evaluating talent and getting background information. Brett Veach has shown a keen eye for talent evaluation. He has been somebody we have given more and more responsibility to in the last couple of years and when I was hired into this role I immediately tried to convince (head) coach (Andy) Reid to let him come to the personnel side. He has a passion for the job and is going to help us in his new role," Roseman said about Speyer and Veach.
The Eagles also added Phil Savage as a player personnel consultant for the 2010 draft.
In this role, Savage will work with Roseman and Grigson in their draft preparations, specifically in the evaluation of draft prospects in the Southeast portion of the country.
"I've always admired the work Phil Savage has done," said Roseman. "And after spending time with him this past year, I realized how well we could work together. Phil is an excellent talent evaluator and having an extra set of eyes for us to utilize will definitely help our scouting staff as we prepare for the draft. He's spent time working on the 2010 draft class already, so Ryan and I thought it is was a slam dunk when the opportunity was there for us to add him to our staff."
Said Savage, who served as the radio color analyst for the Crimson Tide Sports Network in 2009:
"This is a great opportunity for me to get back in the NFL. I'm really excited about the role the Eagles have afforded me and I'm ready to help Howie and the rest of their scouting staff in the best way I possibly can."
The 44-year-old Savage spent four seasons as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Cleveland Browns from 2005-08. In his four years with the Browns, the team acquired five Pro Bowl players (three through the college draft) and won a franchise-best 10 games in 2007. That year, the Browns had six players selected to the Pro Bowl (Derek Anderson, Joshua Cribbs, Braylon Edwards, Ryan Pontbriand, Joe Thomas, and Kellen Winslow), which was the most by the franchise since six players were chosen in 1995
Prior to his stint with Cleveland, Savage enjoyed a nine-year run with the Baltimore Ravens. He was hired as the Director of College Scouting by Vice President of Player Personnel Ozzie Newsome in 1996 and held that position for seven years. He was elevated to Director of Player Personnel in 2003. In that time period, the Ravens acquired 11 Pro Bowl players through the college draft, including Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis, who helped Baltimore to a victory over the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV.
In 1991, after a brief stint with the San Antonio Riders of the World League, Savage was hired by Cleveland Browns head coach Bill Belichick as a defensive assistant. He worked for three years as an assistant for defensive coordinator Nick Saban breaking down opponent tapes and working with the defensive backs. Savage also helped prepare for the Browns' drafts by scouting potential prospects. Following the 1993 season, he moved to the player personnel department as an area scout for the West coast before being promoted to National Scout in 1995.
The Mobile, AL, native attended Murphy High School where he played football and baseball. From Murphy, Savage continued his academic and athletic career at the University of the South. He quarterbacked the Tigers' football team and was a three-time all-conference selection on the baseball team as a shortstop. Savage majored in English and graduated in 1987. From there, he spent three seasons as a graduate assistant at Alabama on Bill Curry's staff and worked under offensive coordinator Homer Smith in 1988-89. Savage followed Smith to UCLA in 1990 and coached the tight ends.
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