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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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October 15, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles locker room seems happier this season as opposed to last. Winning will do that. Despite the popular perception four months ago after Joe Banner stepped down as team president, the locker room didn't suddenly turn into Tijuana when general manager Howie Roseman formally assumed the handling of all contract matters. Roseman had been in charge, really, as far back as February. He, with Jeffrey Lurie's blessing and Andy Reid's counsel, engineered contract extensions for four key members of the Eagles.
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September 6, 2012 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Welcome to the No-Lose Season for Jeffrey Lurie, even though some would portray 2012 as the most perilous for the Eagles' owner in the recent history of the organization. After watching the team fail to win a playoff game for three straight seasons, after betting the limit on quarterback Michael Vick, and after putting the head coach on notice that this is truly a make-or-break situation in his tenure here, Lurie certainly will be watched closely. The television cameras will peer into the luxury suites to catalog every cheer and every grimace.
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September 6, 2012 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Welcome to the No-Lose Season for Jeffrey Lurie, even though some would portray 2012 as the most perilous for the Eagles' owner in the recent history of the organization. After watching the team fail to win a playoff game for three straight seasons, after betting the limit on quarterback Michael Vick, and after putting the head coach on notice that this is truly a make-or-break situation in his tenure here, Lurie certainly will be watched closely. The television cameras will peer into the luxury suites to catalog every cheer and every grimace.
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September 6, 2012 | By Zach Berman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jeffrey Lurie set the tenor for this season on Jan. 3, when he offered an honest and chilling appraisal of his team. Lurie called 2011 "without question the most disappointing season since I've owned the team," all the while bringing Andy Reid back as coach and setting up a season in which Lurie shoulders an onus unlike any time in his previous 18 years as Eagles owner. The view from the owner's box has never included such lonely responsibility as it does this season, when Lurie's two-decade obsession with bringing a Super Bowl to Philadelphia approaches its most critical chapter yet. The absence of a Lombardi Trophy in the Eagles' trophy case has become a punch line for the franchise, although the glare often shines brightest on the coach and the quarterback.
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September 6, 2012 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer
LOOKING AT SOME highlights, lowlights and other insanity bound to crop up with the Eagles' schedule this season. Week 1. Sunday, Sept. 9: at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (Fox)   Joe Banner's first act as a Browns executive is to ban fans from bringing biscuits into the stadium's renowned dawg pound. Pick: Brandon Weeden throws three interceptions. Eagles, 27-13. Week 2. Sunday, Sept. 16: Baltimore, 1 (CBS)   Good thing this isn't a conference championship game.
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September 1, 2012 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When the 2011 season came to a merciful end, owner Jeffrey Lurie made it clear that 8-8 was not an acceptable record for a team with championship aspirations like the Eagles. Then he said Andy Reid would remain as head coach. In case anyone misunderstood, Lurie confirmed his opinion of an 8-8 record on Thursday night during his annual state-of-the-team news conference before the Eagles finished their exhibition season against the Jets. He used that word again: unacceptable. So unacceptable that if it happens again in 2012, the only thing Lurie will be accepting is Reid's resignation.
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September 1, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Coach Andy Reid's Eagles need to improve this season, and a second straight 8-8 finish would be unacceptable, the team's owner, Jeffrey Lurie, said Thursday. Lurie did not quantify how much Reid's team would need to improve this season. But the owner did say several times that another .500 campaign was "unacceptable. " "I don't have a level or anything like that," Lurie said Thursday during his annual state of the Eagles news conference. "I just want to be clear about that. You just try to make the best judgment you can after the season.
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