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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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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 29, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joe Banner spent 20 years in the NFL having his decisions dissected by a growing media that was representative of a nation's fixation with football. But he's now on the other side of the conversation - or at least he's been given a much larger platform - after ESPN announced Thursday that Banner was joining the network as a "Front Office Insider. " The former Eagles and Browns executive will appear regularly on weekday editions of NFL Insiders , NFL Live , and SportsCenter and will also contribute to ESPN Radio and espn.com in his new role.
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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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January 12, 2016
Les Bowen Welllll . . . NO. Not so much. Jeffrey Lurie has provided the best, most stable ownership the Eagles have ever had, which is sort of like winning the tallest jockey contest. This is a franchise that has been around since 1933, yet never had a real practice facility, or a stadium to call its own, until Lurie took over from the beloved Norman Braman and made those items a priority. Ownership is the main reason the Eagles only have three championships to show for their long NFL tenure, the most recent having occurred in 1960.
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January 4, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
During the news conference Wednesday when he explained, or tried to, why he had fired Chip Kelly, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie uttered fewer than 30 words of his opening statement before referencing the rarity of what he had done the day before. Kelly was just the second head coach whom Lurie had decided to replace since 1998, and he cited that relative lack of turnover - just Kelly and Andy Reid, for close to 18 years - to sell everyone on his always-careful thought process and the franchise's resulting stability.
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January 2, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
There is more to picking a new head coach than identifying the candidates, interviewing them and hiring the one you think is the best choice. The flip side is that the men you are interviewing also have a choice to make. The best candidates usually have more than one option and that will certainly be the case again this offseason when as many as 10 teams could be searching for that special guy who they think can turn around a struggling franchise. How do the Eagles look when you measure them against some of the other potential teams on the head coaching market?
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January 2, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Regarding Chip Kelly: Buyer beware. The Tennessee Titans, or any other NFL team considering Kelly as its next head coach, should beware in hiring someone who so often contradicted what others said or his own actions. At the very least, they should be careful in giving him any personnel power. Of all of Kelly's moments of truthiness - for he could have believed every word he said - the one that was most egregious was denying in March that he had anything to do with being given control of Eagles personnel.
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October 30, 2015 | Paul Domowitch, Daily News Sports Columnist
WHILE THE 204 rushing yards they gave up to the Carolina Panthers Sunday night might indicate otherwise, the truth is the Eagles have quietly built a pretty good defense. They are first in the league in takeaways, ninth in points allowed, sixth in opponent passer rating, and until Jonathan Stewart and Cam Newton and Ted Ginn came along, they had the league's third-best defensive rushing average (3.5 yards allowed per carry) and hadn't allowed an individual 100-yard rusher in 18 games.
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September 14, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
In March, Jeffrey Lurie said that he was willing to gamble to take the Eagles from "good to great. " The Eagles were still nearly five months from the start of the regular season, but an offseason of remarkable change was nearly complete. Lurie had restructured the front office, and the man he placed at the top of the pyramid - Chip Kelly - had taken a blowtorch to a roster that had won 10 games. The Eagles have still not played a meaningful game. They open on Monday night in Atlanta against the Falcons.
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August 29, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joe Banner spent 20 years in the NFL having his decisions dissected by a growing media that was representative of a nation's fixation with football. But he's now on the other side of the conversation - or at least he's been given a much larger platform - after ESPN announced Thursday that Banner was joining the network as a "Front Office Insider. " The former Eagles and Browns executive will appear regularly on weekday editions of NFL Insiders , NFL Live , and SportsCenter and will also contribute to ESPN Radio and espn.com in his new role.
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May 1, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Chip Kelly lays his head down at night and counts seconds between snaps, what quarterback does he dream of? Of all the reasons given for why the Eagles could trade up and draft Marcus Mariota in Thursday's NFL draft, Kelly's seemingly unwavering belief that his former Oregon quarterback will be a transformative player is at the crux of any plausible argument. "He might be the fastest guy on the field, but his mind is even faster," Kelly said of Mariota in January before the national championship.
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April 30, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Joe Banner sat in enough NFL draft rooms to know that anything can happen. He also sat in enough NFL draft rooms to know that it usually doesn't. The former Eagles president, who still acts as an NFL consultant while enjoying a much-less-stressful life, described the typical draft room as being a lot like sitting in front of your own family-room, big-screen TV as each selection is made. His point is that the groundwork is done by the time the draft arrives. The discussions and debates are usually over.
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March 20, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
SOUTH BEACH, Fla. - Joe Banner wears banishment well. Seated at a window table inside a Miami trattoria where he knows all of the maitre d's witticisms, Banner is bearded and robust. The shaven, sallow shark who ruthlessly ran the Eagles for 18 years is gone. He enters his sixth decade with dignity. He and his wife, Helaine, will be empty-nesters in 3 months. They have rented a house near Philadelphia where their youngest, Jon, is finishing school, but they are borrowing a friend's high-rise condo here this entire month.
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