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January 3, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's on. The Eagles and Browns will vie for Chip Kelly as both teams have scheduled interviews with the Oregon coach to fill their vacancies, an NFL source said Wednesday. Moreover, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman will compete with their former colleague, Joe Banner, who is now the Browns CEO. USA Today, which first reported the Eagles and Browns interviews, included the Bills as the third NFL team that is set to meet with Kelly. The Eagles and Browns have Kelly high on their wish lists, if not at the top, multiple NFL sources have said.
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January 1, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was expected that Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie would use general manager Howie Roseman's input when determining the new coach, but another key person in the process is team president Don Smolenski. Although Smolenski does not have a direct role in football operations, he directs the organization's business and strategic efforts and will have an influential voice in the process. "I bring in an understanding of the culture, I bring an understanding of the dynamic of the organization and how there are no barriers between the football operations and the business operations," Smolenski said.
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December 19, 2012 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer
THEY HELD a soccer match at Lincoln Financial Field a few weeks before the first Eagles game in 2003. In the restaurant business, this would be called a soft opening. Don Smolenski, who was the Eagles CFO at the time, and team president Joe Banner headed out into the concourse to check things out. They discovered a rather sizable problem that showed why soft openings are a good idea. "For the soccer game, we realized that our signage was confusing," recalled Smolenski, now the team's president.
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November 26, 2012
When Howie Roseman took over the business side of the Eagles' football operations this past offseason, he became one of 10 NFL general managers to handle both player evaluations and contract negotiations. The number is down to nine after Panthers GM Marty Hurney was fired in October. The remaining eight reflect a wide array of decision-makers. There are former players such as John Elway (Broncos) and Reggie McKenzie (Raiders). There are longtime scouts who worked their way up the chain of command such as Rod Graves (Cardinals)
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November 21, 2012 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
The following report originally appeared on the Daily News Eagles' blog, Eagletarian.com       IT'S WAY TOO early to obsess over an Eagles coaching search that isn't even going to start for a couple of months yet, but hey, what else do we have to think about? I'd love to know who's going to be running the search. I guess I envision a Jeffrey Lurie-Howie Roseman tag team, which was the way the interviews went in 1999, the last time the Eagles did this, with Joe Banner in Howie's role.
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November 11, 2012 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
I'm about to assert something really unpopular. In fact, I'm not quite sure how I can top this, unless I show up Sunday at the Linc in a Tony Romo jersey, wearing J.D. Drew batting gloves and carrying an autographed Sidney Crosby hockey stick. Here's the thing: When news broke earlier in the week that the Eagles had extended general manager Howie Roseman's contract upon the departure of Joe Banner in June, I felt sorry for Howie. Fan frustration is at its zenith; from the Eagles' viewpoint, there could not have been a worse time for such news to emerge.
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November 9, 2012 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
Jeff Lurie made a mistake back in June. Giving Howie Roseman a contract extension wasn't it. The mistake was in failing to announce the extension immediately. It would have been about the 100th most newsworthy item from the surreal news conference in which Joe Banner's departure was spun as a joyful event for everyone involved. Announcing it then would have been no big deal. Having news of Roseman's extension come out now, thanks to the relentless reporting of The Inquirer's Jeff McLane, was a big deal.
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November 7, 2012 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer
A SOURCE CLOSE to the situation Tuesday confirmed an Inquirer report that said when Joe Banner left the Eagles in June, general manager Howie Roseman got a contract extension. The report pegged the extension at 4 or 5 years. The person who spoke with the Daily News would say only that it was a "solid" extension of Roseman's original deal, which was in its third year at the time. Roseman, 37, has to take some of the heat for a roster that seems to have much less talent and particularly less depth than the Eagles projected.
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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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October 17, 2012 | BY PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Staff Writer
CHICAGO - In June, at the news conference to formally announce that he would be stepping down as Eagles president, Joe Banner said he was looking for "one more really big challenge in my life. " Welcome to Cleveland, Joe. Shortly after the NFL owners unanimously approved the $1.05 billion sale of the Browns to Tennessee billionaire Jimmy Haslam III on Tuesday, Haslam confirmed that Banner would be joining the organization as its chief executive officer. Banner's name has been linked to the Browns since early July, when Haslam began negotiating to buy the team from previous owner Randy Lerner.
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