Gannon Gate: Eagles GM Howie Roseman faces tough questioning from PFT’s Mike Florio over tampering case
For some reason or another, this Jonathan Gannon tampering case just won’t go away. The Eagles and Cardinals resolved the issue just before the NFL Draft started. Yet, there are still a lot of unanswered questions that reporters are interested in.
ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio has led the charge in this Gannon Gate discourse, consistently questioning the severity of the tampering charges and what actually happened between Gannon and Arizona leading up to Super Bowl 57.
Fortunately for Florio, he happens to be good friends with Eagles GM Howie Roseman and had him on PFT for an interview. Of course, Florio pressed Howie on the tampering case; so much so that it seemed to get a little contentious towards the end.
The response to this clip has been all over the place, with some Eagles fans calling Florio an asshole for continuing to press Howie when he clearly doesn’t want to talk about it, and others defending Florio because, like him, they want answers as well.
To his credit, Florio actually responded directly to the Tweet above.
He fired off two more responses following this Tweet that read:
“It’s possible that the Eagles determined Gannon was incredibly distracted by the Cardinals improperly inviting him to interview for their job the day after the Super Bowl — and that this distraction undermined his preparation for the game.”
“The Eagles defense had huge flaw with their adjustments to motion and shifts. That flaw was not corrected by Gannon during the two weeks before the Super Bowl. The Chiefs exploited it. Could a more focused Gannon have fixed that problem in time? That’s NOT a conspiracy theory.”
I don’t necessarily buy the idea that Gannon was completely compromised because he talked to the Cardinals GM during the week of the Super Bowl, which is Florio’s whole argument for why we should all be interested in this story. It’s not like Super Bowl 57 was the only time Gannon failed to make in-game adjustments. That was arguably Gannon’s biggest flaw as a defensive coordinator.
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Gannon just got smoked by the best offensive mind in the sport (Andy Reid) and the best quarterback currently playing (Patrick Mahomes). He’s far from the first defensive coordinator to get embarrassed by that duo and he certainly won’t be the last.
Nevertheless, I do think there’s more to this story than meets the eye. Gannon has changed his story more than once since the tampering charges came to light. We already took the time to layout all of Gannon’s ridiculous claims when the charges first dropped. You can catch up on all those details here.
In the end, we should be glad Gannon isn’t the Eagles defensive coordinator anymore. Not only because he’s never proven he can stand toe-to-toe with the best offensive minds in the game. We should be relieved he’s gone because he’s a rat liar as well.
Luckily, he’s back in the sewers of the NFL as the head coach of the worst team in the league. That’s where rats belong.