Why did Lurie give Howie an extension? Because that's the way Lurie has operated this franchise since he bought it. Have you been paying no attention at all? This organization is a living, breathing embodiment of groupthink. Lurie is all about finding "his guys" that he's comfortable with and entrusting them with everything. That's why Reid was the coach and team president for as long as he was. That's why Joe Banner, with no football experience to speak of, was exclusively in charge of negotiating contracts and allowed to let fan favorites like Trotter and Dawkins walk in disrespectful and embarrassing fashion. That's why Howard Roseman, again with no football experience to speak of, rose through the ranks until he eventually became the general manager. It's all about finding a group of company yes men who buy into the "system" and are worthy of Lurie's trust.
I also love the "learning on the job" comment about Roseman, and how you completely overlook the complete and utter absurdity of a general manager "learning on the job". Normal, well-run organizations do not operate like this.
Banner had zero football experience
You may not like Reid or Banner but they both had significant successes here
Howie has been with the team for 12 years....Lurie seems to love him...obviously he needs to be comfortable with the people he entrusts to run the team
I wanted a seasoned personnel guy but it isn't happening....I have to trust Lurie here and hope it works out