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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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January 20, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Joe Banner stepped down as team president in June 2012, many assumed that it was Andy Reid who had won a power struggle within the Eagles front office. In truth it was Howie Roseman. While Roseman had just finished his second year as general manager, Banner was still lording authority over his former protege. Reid continued to have final say on football matters, but managing the salary cap and other contract decisions remained Banner's baby. Roseman had plenty to do and was influential in certain aspects, but the Reid-Banner axis of power limited the clout of the NFL's youngest GM. He (naturally)
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September 25, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
A rare major in-season NFL trade was consummated last week between two former Eagles executives when Joe Banner's Cleveland Browns dealt running back Trent Richardson to Ryan Grigson's Indianapolis Colts for a 2014 first-round pick. Banner, of course, is the former Eagles president. Grigson is the former Eagles college scouting director. Eagles general manager Howie Roseman worked alongside both and made trades with both. He also has made more trades than any NFL executive since he was promoted in 2010.
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July 27, 2013 | Associated Press
BEREA, Ohio - The legal entanglement of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is not tying up his NFL franchise, the team's top executive says. Chief executive officer Joe Banner, who left the Eagles to go to Cleveland, said the federal investigation into fraud at Haslam's Pilot Flying J truck-stop business has not hindered the club's daily operations or impacted the owner's vision for turning the Browns into perennial winners. As for the possibility Haslam will sell his team, Banner does not envision that happening.
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June 10, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Don Smolenski arrived in Philadelphia in the winter of 1998, starting his job as chief financial officer of the Eagles. He went to dinner with his wife and two friends. Smolenski shared the news of his new title with the other couple. "You can't tell anybody who you work for," the friend said. That befuddled Smolenski. After time as an accountant and expanding the International Hockey League, Smolenski had made it to the NFL. The logo on the business card is a perk of the job - until the friend offered Smolenski the qualifier.
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June 4, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
DeSEAN JACKSON has terminated his agreement with agent Drew Rosenhaus, a source confirmed yesterday. But, the source said, Rosenhaus is hoping they can resolve their differences and reconnect, as Rosenhaus was able to do previously with Eagles teammate LeSean McCoy. Jackson has a history of being unhappy with his agents, stemming from his not getting drafted until the second round, 49th overall, in 2008. If you were redoing the 2008 NFL draft, Jackson probably would be a top-10 pick, even after his desultory 2011 performance and his injury-shortened 2012 season.
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April 27, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Andy Reid's first pick with the Eagles in 1999 was second overall, and it was greeted with a barrage of boos at Madison Square Garden from Eagles fans yearning for Ricky Williams instead of Donovan McNabb. Entering his 15th season as a head coach and his first with the Kansas City Chiefs, Reid used his first selection - first overall - to take Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher. The draft has since moved a few blocks uptown to Radio City Music Hall, and the response was overwhelmingly ambivalent compared to what McNabb endured.
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