December 30, 2014 |
If when December began, you assured Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie that his team would end its season with a win, he would have been a very happy man. At that time, with the Eagles appearing all but certain of qualifying for the postseason, the only scenario that would fit such an ending would be a win in the Super Bowl. That's not quite how things turned out, however, and after three straight losses that eliminated them from the playoffs, the Eagles did win their last game, a minor-key 34-26 finale against the New York Giants.
November 23, 2014 |
Joe Banner woke up Thursday morning in Delray Beach, Fla., where the forecast high was 77 degrees. All things considered, he would have rather been in Cleveland, where the natives had to deal with a record low of 10 degrees Tuesday and nearly 10 inches of snow the week before. Taking the temperature of the former Eagles president who was surprisingly fired as the Browns CEO earlier this year after just 16 months on the job is complicated. For the first season since being hired by his boyhood friend Jeffrey Lurie to help run the Eagles in 1994, Banner is not part of running an NFL franchise.
October 21, 2014 |
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.
May 19, 2014 |
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.
April 2, 2014 |
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.
March 31, 2014 |
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...
March 27, 2014 |
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.
March 5, 2014 |
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.
February 26, 2014 |
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...
February 14, 2014 |
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?