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Who Is The Best Current General Manager Of The Philadelphia Sports Teams?

The city of Philadelphia has a rich sports history. Its teams are among the oldest in their respective leagues. Philadelphia teams are known for their culture, toughness, and winning.

The men that conduct the day-to-day operations of these teams have some of the most challenging jobs in sports. They must manage salary cap, make difficult personnel decisions, and assemble championship-caliber teams. The sports media and passionate fan base keep a close eye on what their favorite teams are doing all throughout the year.

Where does each Philadelphia front office stand right now? Here is ranking the general managers of the Philadelphia sports teams: 

#1: Philadelphia Eagles

  1. Team President: Don Smolenski (since 2012)

  2. General Manager: Howie Roseman (since 2010)

The Philadelphia Eagles have the most consistent front office and the only recent championship in the city of Philadelphia. The team’s front office is highly regarded around the NFL. Jeffrey Lurie has owned the team since 1994 and he relies on Don Smolenski and Howie Roseman to conduct the day-to-day operations.

As the team’s GM, Howie Roseman is very active in assembling the Eagles. Roseman first got his start in Philadelphia as a salary cap intern back in 2000 and became the general manager in 2010. Howie Roseman mostly managed the team’s finances from 2010-2012 as head coach Andy Reid made the personnel decisions. When Reid was fired following the 2012 season, Roseman assisted Lurie in the hiring of Oregon Head Coach, Chip Kelly.

Chip Kelly brought the revolutionary hurry-up offense to Philadelphia which had success early on. Roseman continued to act in the background managing team operations while Kelly made the personnel decisions. This ultimately affected Kelly’s job as he was fired after back-to-back losing seasons at the end of the 2015 season.

Eagles leadership and Howie Roseman worked together to hire Doug Pederson as head coach in 2016. This is when Roseman took a more active role in personnel matters such as the draft and free agency.

Roseman can be credited for assembling the Eagles 2017-18 Super Bowl squad. The team added veteran free agents such as WR Alshon Jeffrey, WR Torrey Smith, and RB LeGarrette Blount to surround young QB Carson Wentz with plenty of talent. This resulted in the breakout season for Wentz and these players took on leadership roles after Wentz went down with an injury.  

The Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson era came to an end at the conclusion of the 2020 season, but Howie Roseman remains the general manager. He helped hire current head coach, Nick Sirianni, who was the former Colts’ offensive coordinator.  

Howie Roseman can be credited for drafting many of the Eagles’ current offensive stars including QB Jalen Hurts, RB Miles Sanders, TE Dallas Goedert, and WR DeVonta Smith. He also relies on trades and free agency to fill holes on the team.

This offseason, Roseman brought in WR A.J. Brown via a trade, CB James Bradberry in free agency, two national-champion Georgia defenders in the draft, and an additional first-round pick for next year among other moves. Howie Roseman has had plenty of success in Philadelphia and has the Eagles primed for future success. 

#2: Philadelphia 76ers

  1. Team President: Daryl Morey (since 2020)

  2. General Manager: Elton Brand (since 2018)

Since the Eagles’ Super Bowl win in 2017, the Philadelphia 76ers have been the closest to the city’s next championship. The 76ers have made the Eastern Conference Semifinals four out of the past five years. Former 76ers star Elton Brand is the current general manager with Daryl Morey presiding over him. 

Elton Brand’s biggest challenge is completing the controversial “process”. The 76ers endured five straight losing seasons from 2012-2016 in an effort to make high draft picks for potential franchise players. It seemed to work with Philadelphia being able to draft Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

The 76ers finally established themselves as a quality team in 2017 but could not get past the second round of the playoffs. In 2020, Brand hired former NBA Champion and Coach of the Year, Doc Rivers, to replace coach Brett Brown. 

In the 2020-21 season, the 76ers made the Eastern Conference Semifinals and even had a 3-1 lead before eventually losing the series to the Atlanta Hawks. Ben Simmons decided he did not want to return to the team, so the 76ers’ management eventually traded him to the Brooklyn Nets for James Harden.

The 76ers gave up players and a future first-round pick for Harden. He did not meet the high expectations of a championship hopeful team. The 76ers were once again knocked out in the conference semifinals by the Miami Heat. 

Elton Brand continues the pursuit of finding talent to surround Joel Embiid with. Embiid is a superstar player but can’t do it alone. Brand can be credited for the draft pick of emerging point guard Tyrese Maxey.

The 76ers traded for James Harden but have to determine if he is worth a contract extension. Overall, the 76ers’ management is committed to winning a championship, but they need to find the right pieces before Embiid’s prime is over. 

#3: Philadelphia Phillies

  1. Team President: Dave Dombrowski (since 2021)

  2. General Manager: Sam Fuid (since 2021)

The Phillies have the newest front office staff out of the Philadelphia sports teams. Sam Fuid is a former player while Dombroski is a two-time executive of the year and two-time world champion as a high-ranking front office member.

As a general manager hire in 2020, Fuid inherited a team that was led by slugger Bryce Harper, pitcher Zach Wheeler, and managed by former World Series Champion Joe Girardi. In 2021, the Phillies focused on re-signing star players such as catcher J.T. Realmuto and SS Didi Gregorius. The Phillies missed the playoffs but finished with their first winning record in a decade.

In 2022, the Phillies made several major free agent signings. OF Kyle Schwarber and OF Nick Castellanos were signed to big contracts to provide offensive support around Harper. The Phillies also added relief pitchers to bolster their bullpen. It will be interesting to see if these moves pan out, but the Phillies are below .500 through the first two months of the current season.

As of 2022, the Phillies continue to build their roster through free agency. This is the opposite approach as the 2008 World Series Champion Phillies who were able to assemble that team mostly through the draft.

The Phillies have not made the playoffs since 2011 which is the second-longest active draught in baseball. The Phillies’ management must find a way to draft young stars like some of the more successful teams in the league.

Overall, it seems that Fuid and Dombrowski have built a competitive team, but the results have not shown yet. 

#4: Philadelphia Flyers

  1. Team President/General Manager: Chuck Fletcher (since 2018)

Chuck Fletcher was hired in 2018 to be the Flyers’ general manager. He is also the president of team operations. Fletcher was previously a general manager of the Minnesota Wild. 

Fletcher’s first full season as a GM was in 2019. He hired a coach in Alain Vigneault to succeed Dave Hakstol who was fired during the prior season. The Flyers signed veteran forward Kevin Hayes to a seven-year contract.

In 2020, the Flyers clinched the number one seed in the play-in tournament after the Covid-19 shutdown of the sport. The Flyers were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. 

Things started going downhill for the Flyers in 2021. They got off to a strong start but fell out of contention by the spring. In the summer of 2021, Fletcher traded draft picks with the Predators and Sabres for veteran defenders. The Flyers also traded for veteran forward Cam Atkinson and brought in other free agents to improve the team. 

In 2022, the Flyers traded away team captain Claude Giroux for draft picks and fired coach Vigneault. The team finished with the fourth-worst record in the NHL. The Flyers’ ownership is committed to sticking with GM Chuck Fletcher despite the decline of the team. He will oversee the rebuilding effort which includes the search for a new head coach.  

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