Daryl Morey, Howie Roseman and the benefit of being the new guy


There is perhaps nothing greater in Philadelphia sports than being the new guy.

Just ask Daryl Morey.

Morey’s first draft with the Sixers is in the books, and as expected, it is getting rave reviews.

He traded away Al Horford. He took the guy at No. 21 that was supposed to be a lottery pick. He didn’t trade away all their second-round picks. He added shooters. He did everything the fans have been asking for, and as a result, everyone is excited. The future feels bright again.

Morey is the latest savior, and right now he has what every executive in Philadelphia sports is looking for — the unquestioned benefit of the doubt. It is a great place to be.

On the opposite end, there is also perhaps nothing worse than being the old guy in Philadelphia sports — something Howie Roseman is very much dealing with this year.

Roseman’s Eagles are frustrating to everyone in the city. The fans, the media, and almost certainly, the employees at the NovaCare Complex. They are not fun to watch, and as a result, the intense spotlight the Eagles are always under is especially hot right now. At 3-5-1, the debate is not about their game this Sunday in Cleveland, but about who will be the first to go this offseason. Roseman is at the top of that list for many.

Morey is untouchable. Roseman’s seat is burning hot.

A reality that is pretty amazing when you consider they are basically the same guy with the same skill set and the same resume — except for one major, shiny difference.

At their core, Morey and Roseman are the same. Both believe in using as much information as possible to make decisions. Both are viewed as some of the most forward-thinking general managers in their professions. Both have put together some of the most competitive teams in their respective leagues. Both are viewed as the executive capable of pulling off any deal. Both have their flaws and have made mistakes.

Overall, their resumes are also pretty similar as well:

Daryl Morey (with Houston Rockets)
13 seasons
10 trips to the playoffs (76%)
640-400 (61%)
4 division titles
8 series wins
0 conference wins
0 title wins

Howie Roseman (since 2010 with Eagles, not including 2015)
11 seasons
5 trips to the playoffs (45%)
90-78 (53%)
4 division titles
4 playoff wins
1 conference win
1 title win
*** Roseman did not have personal control when Andy Reid was here from 2010-2013***

Howie Roseman 2.0 (since 2016)
4.5 seasons
3 trips to the playoffs (75%, 3/4 seasons)
41-31-1 (57%)
2 division titles (in 1st now)
4 playoff wins
1 conference win
1 title win

Morey’s teams have made the playoffs at a higher rate than Roseman’s have since 2010, but not since 2016. If Roseman’s Eagles make the playoffs this year he will have been in the playoffs the last four seasons and 80% overall since 2016, which would top the 76% of the time Morey’s Rockets made the playoffs — when it is way tougher to make the playoffs in the NFL than the NBA.

No, Roseman’s trips to the playoffs haven’t been impressive to watch recently — especially if they make it this season — but the results are the results. Ask the majority of the teams around the league and they would take four-straight playoff appearances no matter how they could get them. Results matter, and more than most GMs in the NFL since 2016, Roseman has delivered them — and overall, he has delivered better results than Morey.

Really the only main difference between Roseman and Morey? The championship trophy Roseman has in his office, something Morey did not win in Houston, and hopes to finally find here in Philadelphia.

This doesn’t mean Roseman should keep his job in 2021. Like Morey found out in Houston, sometimes it is better to move on after a long stretch in the same place. Going from the new guy to the old guy makes the job tougher and the expectations different. Eventually Morey will find that to be true in Philadelphia like he did in Houston. A change of scenery could definitely be in order for Roseman and the Eagles.

The truth is though, if the Eagles fired Roseman, and then hired someone with his exact resume and skill set, fans would be excited about the hire. He would be the new guy, having won a title just three years ago, and having been to the playoffs three straight years — and maybe a fourth as well by the time this season ends. He would be what Morey is now.

And if he is fired at the end of the year, another fan base will be very happy to have Roseman be their new guy next year.

You can reach Eliot Shorr-Parks on Twitter at @EliotShorrParks or email him at esp@94wip.com!