The Philadelphia Eagles named Joe Douglas as the vice president of player personnel and Andy Weidl (pronounced WHY-del) as the assistant director of player personnel. Douglas will report to Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman.
“It’s imperative to me that we have a player personnel department that is not only top-notch and innovative, but has excellent communication with all phases of our football operations,” said Jeffrey Lurie, Eagles Chairman and CEO. “It’s a crucial part of the success of an NFL franchise and it will always be a priority for me. I’m very pleased how thorough and patient we were with the search process that began in January. With the additions of Joe Douglas and Andy Weidl, along with the other changes we have made, we all feel that we will have a strong department of talent evaluators that will work well with all facets of football operations to make the best decisions for our franchise and for our fans.”
Roseman said: “I have known Joe for several years and have admired his work with both the Ravens and the Bears. He is a guy that we had targeted from the outset. I feel that we are very fortunate to have him lead our player personnel department. (Ravens GM) Ozzie Newsome and (Bears GM) Ryan Pace spoke very highly of him and his work. He is passionate about football, passionate about scouting and he played a vital role in the success of the Ravens over the last decade.
“Andy also comes from the Ozzie Newsome tree of talent evaluators in Baltimore and he has a great working relationship with Joe,” said Roseman. “I spoke with Tom Donahoe, who hired Andy in Pittsburgh, and he had nothing but great things to say about his work ethic. Like Joe, you can sense his drive for scouting right off the bat and he has spent his entire career working for an opportunity like this. We are very pleased to have him join us.
Roseman continued: “Tom Donahoe did a great job in his increased role preparing for the 2016 draft and in all other aspects of our personnel decisions. We are very fortunate to have someone with his knowledge and experience as a resource in our football operations department.”
In addition, Alec Halaby has been named vice president, football operations and strategy; Tom Donahoe senior football advisor; Anthony Patch senior director of college scouting; Trey Brown director of college scouting; Mike Bradway assistant director of college scouting; and Rick Mueller player personnel executive.
Douglas most recently served as the director of college scouting for the Chicago Bears following a 15-plus year stint in the Baltimore Ravens’ personnel department (2000-15). In Baltimore, he worked as the team’s national scout (2012-15) and Southeast area scout (2009-11), after originally overseeing the East Coast (2008) and Northeast (2003-07) areas for the club.
As a vital member of Baltimore’s football operations staff, Douglas played an integral role in selecting Pro Bowl talent both through the draft and during the undrafted free agent signing period. Players such as QB Joe Flacco, G Marshal Yanda, LB C.J. Mosley, G Ben Grubbs and K Justin Tucker were scouted and acquired under his leadership.
Douglas was first hired by the Ravens in 2000 where he coordinated college workouts and draft visits, among other responsibilities as a player personnel assistant.
An All-Atlantic 10 honoree, he started 45 consecutive games at tackle during his collegiate career at Richmond before transitioning into the role as a volunteer assistant coach for the Spiders in 1999.
Weidl, who spent the previous 11 seasons with the Ravens, most recently served as Baltimore’s East regional scout from 2013-15. He was responsible for overseeing the entire eastern section of the United States, as well as providing and evaluating detailed scouting reports on draft-eligible players. Weidl joined the Ravens in 2005 as a West-area scout and served in that post for a total of four seasons before taking on the responsibilities as a Northeast scout for three years.
The Little Rock, AR, native played on the offensive line at Villanova, where he earned an undergraduate degree in communications in 1996 and a master’s degree in human resource development in 1997.
Following his collegiate playing career, Weidl was hired by the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he spent two years as a player personnel assistant (1998-99) before joining the New Orleans Saints as a national combine scout (2000-02) and then as a Northeast area scout (2003-04).
Additional Personnel Notes:
Having served in the role of special assistant to the general manager since 2012, Alec Halaby works closely with the scouting department on all decisions related to football operations. He was hired by the team in 2010 as a player personnel analyst following a two-year stint as a personnel intern in 2007 and 2009.
Tom Donahoe most recently acted as the team’s senior director of player personnel after spending the previous four seasons as a senior football advisor for the Eagles. As the Steelers general manager from 1991-99, Donahoe played a pivotal role in building a winning culture that led to a decade of success for the franchise. Under his direction, Pittsburgh earned six consecutive playoff appearances, five division titles, one conference championship and a berth in Super Bowl XXX. Additionally, the club posted an 84-60 regular season record, which included five seasons with at least 10-or-more wins. Following his tenure in Pittsburgh, Donahoe took on the dual roles of team president and general manager for the Buffalo Bills from 2001-05. In his first year overseeing the draft process for the Bills, the team’s first three picks in 2001 – Nate Clements, Aaron Schobel and Travis Henry – went on to make the Pro Bowl for Buffalo.
Joining the Eagles in 2002 as the college scouting coordinator, Anthony Patch was named the assistant director of college scouting in 2010. He held that role for two seasons before being promoted to the director of college scouting in 2012. During his tenure with the team, he has worked closely with the scouting staff in draft preparation, has helped coordinate college all-star games and worked with the pro scouting department in evaluating teams.
Trey Brown was hired by the Eagles during the 2013 offseason as a West Coast area scout and most recently served as the team’s assistant director of college scouting for the past three seasons. He began his personnel career with the New England Patriots, first as a scouting assistant (2010) and then as a West Coast area scout (2011-12). Following a standout career at UCLA, where he was recognized as one of the country’s top defensive backs in 2007, Brown signed as a rookie free agent with the Bears in 2008 and also played one season with the UFL’s New York Sentinels in 2009.
A member of the team’s personnel department since 2008, Mike Bradway has served in a variety of capacities, including Southwest area scout (2015), assistant director of college scouting (2014), regional scout (2011-13), college scouting coordinator (2010) and college scouting assistant (2008-09). He graduated from Villanova with a degree in sociology where the Linwood, NJ, native was a four-year tight end.
The Eagles hired Rick Mueller prior to the 2012 season as the club’s pro personnel executive, where he contributed in that role for two years before being promoted to director of pro personnel in 2014. In his 15 NFL seasons before making the move to Philadelphia, Mueller’s teams earned six playoff appearances and advanced to three conference championship games, compiling an overall record of 111-97. He spent eight seasons with the Saints as the team’s vice president of player personnel (2006-08) and director of player personnel (2000-06), following a six-year career with the Jacksonville Jaguars as their director of college scouting (1998-2000) and as a college scout (1994-98).