Tom Gamble, the 49ers' director of player personnel, has had an incredibly busy offseason that included job interviews with the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets and San Diego Chargers. All of those interviews were for general manager positions and he was named a finalist more than once.
However, when the hires were finalized, Gamble was left in the cold.
Since joining San Francisco eight years ago, he has been viewed as an up-and-comer inside the organization. Slowly working his way up the ranks has helped him land his biggest promotion yet, as the City of Brotherly Love has come a-knocking (per ESPN's Adam Schefter):
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Eagles name Tom Gamble Vice President of Player Personnel.2/13/2013, 7:11:43 PM
After last year's draft, the Eagles had asked permission to interview the rising front office star. San Francisco granted Philadelphia the go-ahead and from there discussions took place. Gamble started his career as an assistant with Philly, according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.
Not to mention Gamble grew up in that same area on the East Coast, so it's also a return trip home.
Through the years, it's become obvious that Eagles general manager Howie Roseman kept close tabs on Gamble because of his strong ability to evaluate talent and quality work ethic. Roseman released a statement saying (via Maiocco):
Tom and I have had a great relationship over the years and I know he's excited to come home. He had a great run in San Francisco and they have been very successful over the last few years. He will jump right in with our group and get working on free agency and the draft.
Roseman's right, the 49ers and Gamble have been very successful over the past few years—more specifically since he's had more of a hand in the draft process, which came in 2011 when he took over as director of player personnel.
In back-to-back campaigns, San Francisco made appearances in the NFC Championship Game, clinching a Super Bowl berth this past season. Its regular-season record since the beginning of 2011 is 24-7-1 and it has sent nine different players to the Pro Bowl.
As Gamble turns the page and starts a new chapter in his career, he takes the formula and blueprint of instant success to a team which desperately needs it right now.
The Eagles were a woeful 4-12 last year, marking their worst season in 14 years.
They have taken one step in the right direction so far by hiring Chip Kelly, the league's hottest commodity of the offseason. However, they will need those home run moves to continue on in the draft if they want to move atop the always-tight NFC East.
It's also worth noting that many believed Gamble wanted the opportunity to move out from behind Trent Baalke. This move has allowed him to do that, as the former holder of the Eagles position was Ryan Grigson.
As most of you know, Grigson has moved on as the general manager of the Indianapolis Colts. With Roseman being a mainstay in Philadelphia for some time now, it's likely teams will pluck their No. 2 guy, just like they did to Grigson.
Gamble's time as a general manager is undoubtedly around the corner, but until then, all we can do is monitor the state of his success in Philadelphia.
He has always been viewed as a brilliant personnel mind by fans and media members alike in the Bay Area, so his presence within the organization will definitely be missed.
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