July 29, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Joe Banner has played a significant role with Tennessee businessman Jimmy Haslam's group in its efforts to purchase the Cleveland Browns, an NFL source involved in the negotiations said. Banner's role with the Haslam group if the purchase is finalized has not yet been determined, the source said. But based on Banner's comments last month when he stepped down as Eagles president and said that he wanted to run the day-to-day operations of an NFL team, it is likely he will have a senior position and possibly own a stake in the Browns.
July 25, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM — DeSean Jackson will arrive at Lehigh Wednesday with a spring in his step and a smile on his face, which is much different from the way he showed up at training camp last year. Last summer, we got The Unhappy DeSean. The selfish, pouty-faced little child who cared more about getting a new contract from the Eagles than he did about helping them win a Super Bowl. Last summer, we got the DeSean everybody warned us about when he came out of college. Upset over his stalled negotiations with the Eagles, Jackson skipped the first 11 days of training camp.
July 23, 2012 |
Is it possible that Andy Reid has less pressure coming off a "completely unacceptable" 2011 - Jeffrey Lurie's words, not ours - than he has in previous years? It would seem unfathomable considering last season's "most disappointing" 8-8 record - again, Lurie's words - if the NFL's longest-tenured active coach did not enter his 14th season without some sort of unspoken ultimatum from the Eagles owner. Such as: Win the Super Bowl or you're fired. Reach the NFC championship or you're fired.
July 20, 2012
SO, CAN THE Eagles manage the pressure? They didn't last season, after president Joe Banner declared them "all in" and backup quarterback Vince Young anointed them the "Dream Team. " (Notably, both Banner and Young have been relieved of their duties.) So, this year? Probably. Yes. If they do shoulder the pressure - and it will be unmatched - it will be the first time that has happened in Philadelphia in a few years. Not since the Phillies reached the World Series as defending champions in 2009 has a team performed to high expectations.
July 20, 2012 |
These are the moves that defined the Eagles' offseason. We're attempting to rank them by importance: 1 The trade for DeMeco Ryans: If you said the signing of Demetress Bell to replace left tackle Jason Peters was really the most important move of the offseason, you might be right in a strict football sense, but if you're talking about intangibles, about calming the smoldering outrage of the fan base, Ryans has to be No. 1. For so long, the...
June 19, 2012 |
Andy Reid gathered the guys into a tight circle last week, gave them a good talking-to about what lies ahead, then turned them loose for the next five weeks. He hated to do it, but the league and the players union made him. "The players now go into pre-Phase 1 period," Reid said, and if it is possible to sound enthusiastic saying those words, he pulled it off. Everyone at the NovaCare Complex is upbeat and enthusiastic about the 2012 NFL season these days. The organization appears convinced that whatever led to a 4-8 start last season has been fixed by free-agent signings, a solid draft class, extended contracts for key players, and a thorough coach 'em up during the minicamp and OTA season that ended Thursday.
June 18, 2012 |
As stories go, the one about Michael Vick's pique over his place on some ranking of NFL players wasn't exactly stop-the-presses stuff. It was more interesting as punctuation on what has been the most fantastic Eagles offseason in memory. And we mean fantastic in its first-dictionary-definition sense: "Imaginative or fanciful; remote from reality. " Beginning with owner Jeffrey Lurie's accepting-the-unacceptable, irrational rationale for sticking with Andy Reid and right through the overly praised in-house spending spree, it's as if the entire organization decided to pretend 2011 never happened at all. Maybe, with Dallas back on TV, this cultural reference isn't outdated anymore: Back in the old days, the writers got out of a bad plotline by having a character wake up and realize the whole season had been a bad dream.
June 15, 2012
IT'S BEEN an eventful offseason for the Eagles — one of the most ever during the Andy Reid era. Through trades, free-agent signings and the draft, they addressed several needs. Contract extensions to wide receiver DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy solved their most pressing in-house concerns. The rookie minicamp and offseason training activities went smoothly and, on Thursday, the Birds completed their final mandatory minicamp practice before training camp opens at Lehigh University in July.
June 11, 2012
In the past, there have been accusations that the Eagles have been so insanely jealous of the goodwill and publicity the Phillies get from the fans that the football team intentionally creates news to take the baseball team off the front pages. But it's a good thing for the Phillies that the Eagles on Thursday decided to push Joe Banner out the door, because the Phils, right now, look like a junior varsity team. They can't hit with any impunity. They kick the ball around.
June 11, 2012 |
For years, Joe Banner's unyielding negotiating style defined the Eagles' front office. But even before Banner resigned as team president Thursday, general manager Howie Roseman had brought a softer, more personal touch to making deals, according to players and agents. "He is a relationship guy," said agent Jerrold Colton, who represents former Eagles kicker David Akers. "That matters to him a lot. " Roseman, who had already taken over the Eagles' salary-cap management and contract talks, often speaks about finding ways to make deals work so that all sides feel satisfied.