February 13, 2014 |
The trouble with being the smartest guy in the room is that eventually you have to enter a different room. Joe Banner was that guy in Philadelphia - and, in some respects, in the NFL - for a long time. Now, come the spring, he'll be looking for work. Banner was the chief executive officer for the Cleveland Browns for 16 months before owner Jimmy Haslam announced Tuesday that the organization would undergo a complete restructuring of its front office. Out were Banner (after two more perfunctory months of employment)
January 31, 2014 |
NEW YORK - It will never be like it was for John Elway. If the Broncos manage to beat the Seahawks Sunday night in Super Bowl XLVIII, Elway, who, as executive vice president of football operations put this team together, will be jubilant. But he knows it won't feel the same way it did as a player in the late '90s when he was down there on the field with the ball in his hands and his teammates counting on him, when he led the Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl titles. "It's very different [as a front-office executive]
October 2, 2013 |
THE UPSIDE to losing nine of the last 11 games and finishing with the franchise's worst record in 13 years, at least if there is such a thing, is that the Phillies will have the opportunity to add a premier free agent this winter without losing much in the form of compensation, while also getting to draft a premium prospect next June. The Phillies finished the season with the seventh worst record in baseball, meaning they will pick No. 7 in the 2014 draft. Here is a small sampling of players picked seventh overall in the last dozen years: Troy Tulowitzki, Prince Fielder, Matt Harvey and Mike Minor.
August 18, 2013 |
When it was time for Ruben Amaro Jr. to announce that manager Charlie Manuel had been fired by the Phillies, the general manager became emotional as he delivered the official goodbye. "I just want to say this," Amaro said as his voice grew thick and halting. "You people may not know the relationship I've had with Charlie. He's a special person. This is difficult for me. I hope he stays in our organization. " Amaro had good reason to regret the way the change went down, because the team's front office had a lot to do with Manuel not being able to finish out his contract with more dignity than can be conferred in a hastily called August afternoon news conference.
July 12, 2013 |
DENVER BRONCOS coach John Fox gathered his players at midfield last month just before they dispersed for summer vacation and gave them his usual admonition about staying out of trouble. By all accounts, they have heeded that advice not to embarrass themselves or the organization. But executive vice president John Elway's top two assistants haven't. "Just make good decisions, be smart," Fox said that June 13 afternoon, a mantra heard across the league as players scattered for some R&R following months of offseason workouts.
July 1, 2013 |
Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die, as the old saying goes. That's the way it works, though, especially in the National Basketball Association, where the price of happiness in the great postseason beyond requires the death of all competitive dreams for at least a season or two. It is a cynical world in that regard. Teams are rewarded for being bad, and the greatest rewards are for being very bad. The top draft picks in a given year are bestowed on general managers who are either lousy at their jobs, and whose teams lose on pure merit, or ones who are smart and brave enough to plot a murky path to daylight.
June 25, 2013 |
THERE WAS doubt in Charlie Manuel's voice. There was also a bit of incredulity. For most of the last 2 months, the manager has been honest when asked about his team's ability to fight its way back into playoff contention. So when Manuel was asked if he ever wonders whether his team is capable of doing so, his answer was hardly a shock. "Yeah," he said after yesterday's 8-0 loss to the Mets ended a homestand in which they dropped two of three to one of the National League East's doormats.
May 21, 2013 |
Take our DN Sports Quiz about Philly sports trades on PhillyDailyNews.com for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card. Use promo code Q48X. CHICAGO - They probably weren't the main topic of conversation during the NBA predraft combine last week in the Windy City, but the 76ers' situation certainly was at the forefront of a lot of talk. With the hiring of Sam Hinkie as president of basketball operations and general manager, more questions seemed to have come about than answers.
May 6, 2013 |
Baseball rewards panic the same way a pit bull rewards sudden movement. There's no future in simply turning and running from a bad start from a baseball team, or in trying to repair a six-month season with a few weeks of glue and duct tape. The Phillies were constructed for 2013 on the precarious hope that their aging veteran starters would pitch well and that their aging everyday players would regain their productivity. Around that central theme, the front office sprinkled journeymen and prospects who might be good enough if everything else went right.
May 3, 2013 |
THE NAMES will continue to be floated out there as to whom the 76ers are going to interview for their vacant coaching position, many of the names listed here in the Daily News a couple of weeks ago. But the main priority right now is to solidify the front office, whether it is keeping who is there (such as general manager Tony DiLeo) or cleaning house. As majority owner Josh Harris said the day after the end of the season, "Everything is on the table. " And right now the main dish on the table is the front office, with the coaching decision a side dish.