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March 5, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Love him or hate him, Joe Banner was one of a kind in the NFL. Perhaps never in the history of the league had someone with so little a football background risen to such prominence. After nearly 20 years with the Eagles, in which he had significant input into football decisions, Banner was hired by the Cleveland Browns as CEO and given the final say he did not have in Philadelphia. But his reign lasted only 16 months. After Banner and the Browns fired their second coach in 12 months and hired Mike Pettine following a protracted search, Banner was relieved of his duties by owner Jimmy Haslam last month.
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August 14, 2009 | By Elmer Smith
Daily News columnist Elmer Smith spoke with Eagles president Joe Banner last night about the Eagles' signing of Michael Vick. Here is some of what he told Smith: On fan reaction: "We got quite a few calls from people who were upset. But there was a fairly significant, large number, in favor. I'd say there was a smaller number opposed ... "We've been hearing anecdotes of people in sports bars who were enthusiastic about it. There were some chants for Vick here at the game. " On the decision-making process: "I just hope the people will understand that we did our research.
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October 18, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than two months after it was first reported, Joe Banner was officially named chief executive officer of the Cleveland Browns Tuesday after NFL owners unanimously approved Jimmy Haslam's purchase of the team. "It was a long ride that was actually quite short," Banner told the Inquirer . "It's incredibly exciting. Everybody is wired differently, but this is something I've been looking forward to for some time, something I've wanted to take on. It's the same way I felt when I first came to Philadelphia.
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September 14, 2003 | By Don Steinberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Repress your rage, if you can for a moment, over Eagles ticket prices, $7.50 stadium beers, hoagiegate, Staleygate, the opening-night shutout. Joe Banner, chief executive officer of the Philadelphia Eagles, has a team you can cheer for without mixed feelings. Every school morning, an army of young adults in red "City Year" jackets gather at the foot of City Hall, then disperse to the city's most understaffed public schools. They aid teachers, they clean grounds, they tutor and mentor.
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February 2, 2010 | By John Gonzalez, Inquirer Columnist
It seemed pretty clear. And now? Well, now it doesn't. The Eagles can thank Joe Banner for that. After the Birds' season ended, Andy Reid held a news conference and was immediately asked what would happen with Donovan McNabb moving forward, whether he would be Reid's quarterback next season or if Reid was thinking about making the switch to the Hog Hunter (more traditionally referred to by his Christian name, Kevin Kolb). Reid normally dodges direct answers the way Asante Samuel avoids physical contact and tackling, but for once he was candid.
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June 8, 2012 | By Peter Mucha and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The shock waves in the sports community suggest that the Eagles cutting Joe Banner loose is a matter of cosmic proportions. "There is a God," was one Philly.com comment. "WE ARE DOOMED!!!" a fan posted on the Eagles message board. "No one in Philly could have envisioned Andy Reid outlasting Joe Banner w/Eagles but it's happened. End of world next," tweeted Tim Panacchio of Comcast SportsNet. The news was broken overnight by The Inquirer's Jeff McLane that Banner was out as team president after 18 years.
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March 19, 1999 | By Christopher K. Hepp, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Imagine that you've spent two years doing right by the world by devoting your time to charity work. You might see it as good karma when a friend asks you to run his professional football team. Instead, you find, as Eagles executive vice president Joe Banner has, that there is a special place in hell for the managers of Philadelphia sports teams with losing records. Ask him about the past year and he takes a moment to gather his thoughts. "It has been very difficult," he says slowly.
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January 28, 2005 | By Don Steinberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With the Eagles preparing to travel to Jacksonville for the Super Bowl, team president Joe Banner spent four hours yesterday at a Philadelphia City Council hearing that explored why dozens of subcontractors who built the team's stadium in 2002 and 2003 still have not been paid in full for their work. During the emotion-filled hearing, Councilman Rick Mariano, who had convened the hearing and issued subpoenas compelling Banner and others to attend, got into an obscenity-laced scuffle with a contractor, Jamal Johnson, who wasn't part of the stadium situation.
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March 21, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - There has not been a Round 2 of Lurie vs. Banner at the NFL owners meetings. Lifelong friends and business partners for 18 years, Jeffrey Lurie and Joe Banner exchanged verbal blows in January after the Eagles hired Chip Kelly as coach. During the coaching search, a report on CBSsports.com claimed that a "drunk with power" Howie Roseman had scared away potential candidates, including Kelly, and that other general managers were reluctant to make deals with the Eagles GM. The Eagles believed that Banner was the source behind the report.
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November 19, 2000 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's a vision that has shimmered like a mirage for four years now, sometimes looking so close you could reach out and touch it, sometimes threatening to vanish forever. "I imagine a Monday night game to open the 2003 season," Joe Banner said. "The new stadium is all lit up. There are fireworks. Everyone is excited about it. And then the team takes the field and it's a great team with Donovan [McNabb] in the prime of his career. That image is the one that kept me going through all of this.
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October 20, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
PAT SHURMUR feels most comfortable when he's uncomfortable. It is no surprise, then, that he smiles even as he squirms when confronted with the million-dollar question: What does he DO, exactly? Shurmur is the offensive coordinator of an offensive system for which he usually gets no credit - neither for its conception, nor its implementation, nor its execution on game day. Will this perception handicap Shurmur the next time he is considered for a head-coaching job? Hardly.
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May 19, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
For 18 of Jeffrey Lurie's 20 years as Eagles owner, his childhood friend Joe Banner was a key part of the organization. Banner served in a number of roles, including team president, and was influential in almost every aspect of the Eagles, from stadium construction to coaching hires to player negotiations. Banner left in 2012 to become the CEO of the Cleveland Browns and is no longer in football. Many Eagles employees were hired under Banner's watch, including team president Don Smolenski and general manager Howie Roseman.
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April 2, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
IT IS HARD to know what Chip Kelly thinks about his public reputation. He has done so little to cultivate the media that we are a fallow field at this point. We have become so used to the game and its accepted rules - coach comes in; coach whispers an occasional sweet nothing into a couple of ears; coach buys some degree of favor in anticipation of the next whisper, and on and on - that we do not know what to do. The nerve of the guy. So when DeSean Jackson happens, we flail away.
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March 31, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
YOU THOUGHT Joe Banner was harsh? Chip Kelly makes Banner look like Mother Teresa. The Eagles sent a clear message when they cut DeSean Jackson yesterday: No matter how well you play, no matter how professionally you act, if we believe you are overpaid we will get rid of you. And we will do anything to protect our image in doing so. Just hours after a story published yesterday on nj.com that tenuously connected Jackson...
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March 27, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The challenge has been a challenge in the NFL for quite some time, and now it's about to become part of Major League Baseball's lexicon, too. When do you challenge? What's worth challenging? Who monitors the replays? Who's to blame when you get it wrong? Having someone other than the game officials involved in making sure a call is right is wrong, but at least baseball is finally embracing a technology that the NFL first welcomed when Madonna was singing about virgins, holidays, and preaching papas.
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March 5, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Love him or hate him, Joe Banner was one of a kind in the NFL. Perhaps never in the history of the league had someone with so little a football background risen to such prominence. After nearly 20 years with the Eagles, in which he had significant input into football decisions, Banner was hired by the Cleveland Browns as CEO and given the final say he did not have in Philadelphia. But his reign lasted only 16 months. After Banner and the Browns fired their second coach in 12 months and hired Mike Pettine following a protracted search, Banner was relieved of his duties by owner Jimmy Haslam last month.
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February 26, 2014 | BY PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Staff Writer pdomo@aol.com
LOOK FOR Joe Banner's next job to be in the NFL office. The former Eagles president was fired earlier this month as the Cleveland Browns' chief executive officer after only 18 months on the job. His turbulent year-and-a-half with the team included a four-win season, a falling-out with Mike Lombardi, the general manager he had handpicked, the firing of his first head-coaching hire - Rob Chudzinski - after only 1 year, and another Keystone Kops-like...
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February 14, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
TWITTER WAS hilarious late into the night of Jan. 4, 2013. That was the night the Cleveland Browns interviewed Chip Kelly for their head-coaching position. A 2-hour dinner stretched for 7 hours, as jokes about the menu and whatever bounced back and forth. It was the Eagles' worst nightmare, being played out amid cyber wisecracks and pseudo-reporting (as if someone had planted a microphone in the table's floral centerpiece): After everything, what if Joe Banner could steal Chip Kelly away from Jeffrey Lurie?
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February 13, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
In January 2013, executives from the Eagles and the Cleveland Browns flew to Arizona to interview Chip Kelly. The Browns' brain trust included former Eagles president Joe Banner as CEO. The Eagles' brass all had close connections to Banner - owner Jeffrey Lurie was his childhood friend and former boss, and president Don Smolenski and general manager Howie Roseman were once Banner protégés. After initially rebuffing the NFL, Kelly eventually chose the Eagles. The Browns settled on Rob Chudzinski and fired him after one 4-12 season, moving on to their third coach in three seasons.
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February 13, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
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)
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