The complicated path for new ESPN president to save ESPN
In being named the new president of ESPN, Jimmy Pitaro will be asked to thread a very fine needle in trying to retain the network’s self-proclaimed title as the Worldwide Leader in Sports.
Pitaro will try to sustain ESPN’s place as a huge revenue driver for Disney in spite of the cable and sports industries’ incessant challenges from disruptive digital technologies.
Jimmy is the guy who does great deals and still manages to have everyone like him, a person who has negotiated with Pitaro in the past said in describing Pitaro’s style.
One thing that we’re not going to do is we’re not going to complain about the rules, Vrabel said on PFT Live Thursday. We’re just going to try to develop our players within those rules. If our players are in the building and I sit there and talk to them about their family, what their kids are doing or maybe what charities they’re involved with, those are things that are important to me right now.
Vrabel is adjusting to life as a head coach and said he’s learning that the responsibilities of the job leave him less time to watch tape with his assistants than he might like. He’ll have to adapt to that just like every other coach in the league, but the realities of his new job don’t seem to be causing him too much trouble overall.
The trade for Alec Ogletree was a strong start, but more help is needed here. The Giants are quite familiar with this 25-year old, playing against him the past four years in the NFC East. Not a star, but has lined up at all three linebacker spots in his 48 career starts, which makes him a fit in new defensive coordinator James Bettcher’s 3-4 scheme.
In 2015, Roseman was exiled from football operations in favor of then-coach Chip Kelly, and Roseman told PFT Live that at the time, he thought he was done having any significant role in Philadelphia.
As it turned out, it was probably the best thing that ever happened to me. Did I ever think I would be back in a significant position in Philadelphia? No. I don’t think that I did. But I was just determined that I was going to try to do the right thing every day, and get better and learn more, Roseman said.
Roseman practiced addition by subtraction in getting rid of many of Kelly’s favorite players, including Kiko Alonso, DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews, Jordan Matthews, Sam Bradford and Byron Maxwell, flipping many of them in trades that yielded draft picks and better players. All those moves turned the Eagles into the best team in the league, and made Roseman the best executive in the league, not long after Roseman thought he was finished as a personnel executive altogether.