Banner out as Eagles president

AP

After the dust had fully settled on a disappointing season that seemed to entail minimal changes to the coaching staff and front office, the Eagles have finally dropped a bomb.

According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Joe Banner is no longer the president of the team.

Banner, a childhood friend of owner Jeffrey Lurie, has worked for the franchise since Lurie purchased it in 1994.  Banner will now serve as a strategic adviser, but he is able to seek other work.

“Joe’s a free agent now,” Lurie said Wednesday, per McLane.

“I’m an employed free agent,” Banner said.  He explained that he hopes to “get involved with the world of buying and selling a sports team with the possibility of becoming part of a group that buys a team.”

Banner said the move is the culmination of a succession plan that began last spring.  Chief operating officer Don Smolenski will be promoted into the position of team president.

Lurie acknowledges that the question of whether Banner lost a power struggle will be raised.  “No, the opposite,” Lurie said. “It was all done, I think, for what’s best for everybody involved.”

The notion that the move has been brewing for a year could help explain the team’s frenetic push to acquire free agents after the 2011 lockout ended.  Banner quite possibly wanted to go out on top.

As he told PFT Live in the wake of the moves that had spawned (inadvertently, thanks to Vince Young) application of the “Dream Team” label, success in 2011 would be determined by whether or not the team won the Super Bowl.

A rumor of Banner’s departure circulated on the league grapevine in the days after the 2011 regular season ended.  A team source shot it down so swiftly and aggressively that we didn’t even mention it.  If it’s true that the succession plan had been in the works for more than a year, the denial had the same weight as, for example, the contention that former defensive coordinator Sean McDermott would be fired, before he was, and the proclamation that Kevin Kolb was the starting quarterback, before he wasn’t.

52 responses to “Banner out as Eagles president

  1. Wow! Never thought I’d see this. Probably should have happened years ago. Maybe now we can stop worrying about always being good but not great and finally get this thing done.

  2. This is huge. In typical Eagles fashion, their smiling faces saying it was all planned in advance, blah, blah. Seems to be a cover for the likely behind the scenes turmoil that Banner always seemed to be at the center of. The Eagles front office is known for their arrogance and brash statements, like declaring themselves the “gold standard” when they have only won one conference championship under the current regime. The national media love coach Andy Reid’s humor and accessibility, but, with the hometown media, he is guarded, snarky, abrupt and at times, just plain rude. Banner has been the face of the franchise for years and noted for his poorly timed and tone-deaf statements that alienated the fans and confirmed that he doesn’t get the Philly fans. The owner, Lurie has always put money first, winning second, and makes no bones about his passion for the Patriots, his hometown team. The Eagles is merely his license to print money. Philly fans love owners who love our teams (like the new Sixers owners). Maybe that is the biggest disconnect between the Eagles FO and the fans, who love the team but hate the ownership and management.

  3. I love how the Eagles window is rapidly closing and the team is slowly imploding. I have to admit I was a little worried about the Eagles the last few years, but not anymore. I am a huge VT fan and Vick fan but he’s not getting any younger and the birds are going to be avg now. I’m not a hater, I’m just keeping it real… Philly had their chances, it’s over. Years of 4-12, 6-10 seasons to come. (Sound of closing window of opportunity). Sorry folks

  4. Banner was a great banker for the Birds but had a ‘little man’ complex due to years of having his lunch money taken from him as a youth.

  5. i read another article in which he hinted that it was somewhat of a relief [to not have to be at the facility on a daily basis] as he constantly felt that there was the possibility he could be eaten by andy reid.

  6. oh my god, the end of the world may truly be near. i never ever ever ever ever expected to live to see the day where this actually happens.

  7. Ding dong the witch is dead! The sun is shining. I woke up to this news and had to pinch myself just to make sure it was real.

  8. That’s how the Eagles do business.

    Half the time Lurie looks like a homeless man in his owners box. The stench coming from his lap must be unbearable for other in the box.

  9. Thank you for your condescending years of making Eagles fans seem like peasant’s. Good riddance!

  10. Even though Joe was an a-hole, he was great at managing the cap/ messing around with the budget/ moving money.

    When it comes to pointing fingers at the lack of a Superbowl, my finger lands on Andy before it does Joe.

  11. Good deal!
    Next up on the chopping block: Howie, Andy, and ABOVE ALL, the artificial QB, Vick!!!

  12. Who cares. Nobody but the Philly fans know who this idiot is, and from the comments, typical Philly reaction is to tar and feather him because he is no longer in that position.

  13. The term capologist was invented because of this guy. He was great with the numbers, roster . He will be missed. Thanks Joe! good luck to you with your next gigs. E. A. G. L. E. S. EAGLES!!

  14. Well, I hope he left becasue he was so frustrated with a coach that thought that first McNabb was a good QB, and then hitched the wagon to Vick. Then, when they did nothing to get rid of either Reid of Vick, he wanted out. That’s what I hope at least.

  15. For those of you ,,who can’t figure it out yet:

    Joe Banner out as President means:
    Andy Reid won a power struggle in the front office !

    Andy ain’t going anywhere . . . until he wants to !

  16. Sometimes I wonder how old some of you Eagles fans are that are so quick to call for Andy and Howie’s heads or celebrate Joe being gone. That, or I wonder how short is your memory?

  17. as a true eagles fan i don’t understand some fair whether fans that want andy reid (mostly) and other people fired…okay we fire andy who are we going to bring in…….i understand we haven’t won a sb but if andy goes we probably won’t make the playoffs….

  18. this is all about the FO & $$$. i guarantee that Banner’s replacement settled for half the cash.
    they wanna pawn it off as a move for the TEAM??

    funny?,,

    It’s not Joe Banner that squanders time outs.
    It’s not Joe Banner that calls 70% passes.
    It’s not Joe Banner that continually selected undersized defensemen.
    Joe Banner sure didn’t promote Juan Castillo to D-Coordinator
    or swear that Matthews Fokou & Chaney would be an elite LB squad.

    so in the end, what has this accomplished for the team?

  19. I know nothing about the replacement other than he’s another promotion from within. Why must this team be so insular?

    They need to get some new blood and fresh ideas into that front office. The obvious question is if this guy has final say over Andy.

  20. & to everyone thats on Howard “steely eyed” Roseman’s case.

    WHAT ARGUEMENT CAN YOU MAKE AGAINST HOWIE DOG.??

    anybody andy wanted he GOT.
    anypick in the draft andy asked for he GOT.

    Andy is the end all be all of football operations,, from playcalling to personell. The buck stops there.
    Howie Rosedog is great at his job,, he just needs better decision makes ahead of him.

    get some facts before you run your mouth & show the nation how much you dont know.

    BOOMSAUCE.

  21. This actually scares me as a lifelong die-hard Birds fan. Banner is the reason the Eagles are consistently under the cap and has the money to go get free agents, why we are competitive financially.. That is if Banner truly was the brains behind the money and contracts. He was handled that part of his job better than anyone in the NFL period.

  22. defscottyb says:
    Jun 7, 2012 5:55 AM
    I love how the Eagles window is rapidly closing and the team is slowly imploding. I have to admit I was a little worried about the Eagles the last few years, but not anymore. I am a huge VT fan and Vick fan but he’s not getting any younger and the birds are going to be avg now. I’m not a hater, I’m just keeping it real… Philly had their chances, it’s over. Years of 4-12, 6-10 seasons to come. (Sound of closing window of opportunity). Sorry folks
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    Yeah, not a hater. Right. That’s why your comment makes absolutely zero sense. The Eagles are a totally different team than their mid 2000’s version (literally…no one remains on the roster). They’ve rebuilt the offense and are rebuilding the defense. I’m not making any predictions, but “window closing?” That makes no sense.

  23. Say it ain’t so Joe? Realistically it’s a good move. Banner can’t coach the team and Reid can (so we think at times).There is alot of pressure this year on Andy. Not really a good way to go into a season.Seems like teams with no or little pressure those fly under the radar teams seem to make those Dec. and Jan. runs.

  24. phillyphan72 says:
    Jun 7, 2012 10:04 AM
    Say it ain’t so Joe? Realistically it’s a good move. Banner can’t coach the team and Reid can (so we think at times).There is alot of pressure this year on Andy. Not really a good way to go into a season.Seems like teams with no or little pressure those fly under the radar teams seem to make those Dec. and Jan. runs.
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    Seems like Andy said “Look, if you’re going to direct me to Win Now..if my head’s on the block next year, then it’s going to be with MY team…not Banner’s.”

    As for me, I’ve always disliked Banner. He came off as a bean counting weasel. I have no doubt he was the one that really screwed Dawkins, for example. He’s not a football guy…he’s a glorified accountant. Once again, good riddance.

  25. If I was looking to buy a professional sports franchise, I’d want Joe Banner on my team and in on the deal. He took the $185 million dollar team that Lurie bought and turned it into a $1 billion dollar franchise. New stadium, new state of the art practice facilities, great marketing.
    I just wish he’d been a little better with the players….the T.O. debacle could have been avoided, the D-Jack mess last year too, and Dawkins never should have left town.

  26. Great Joe!!!!

    Asante Samuel just told me that you can play “fantasy football” with someone else at the owners meetings!!!!

  27. Having a hard time understand a lot of the responses…Joe wasn’t a personality that the fans could rally behind (that was left to the players on the team), BUT he helped create and enforced a salary process that kept this team from being eye deep in salary debt with players that were or soon will no longer be key contributors (a problem that plagued this team for too many decades.) They also implemented the approach of not letting players dictate to nor hold the front office hostage (a stand that was not very popular in the beginning…but remember TO?!) With all that said, this is NOT a front office shake up. Joe will be around to help groom his replacement, in which time he and his partners will be putting pieces in place to make a sports team purchase. That’s what this is about, Joe will be a partner in a pro sports team purchase, nothing more.

  28. Yessirree!!! Somewhere, Ron Howard, Tom Modrak, Jason Licht and countless others are celebrating. Now I can root for my team without feeling dirty. Good riddance to bad rubbish. I’m sure Roseman has mastered the salary cap by now, he’s a lawyer that has been here for 10 years.

  29. facemob78 said:
    as a true eagles fan i don’t understand some fair whether fans that want andy reid (mostly) and other people fired…okay we fire andy who are we going to bring in…….i understand we haven’t won a sb but if andy goes we probably won’t make the playoffs….
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    As a true Eagles fan, I don’t understand fans disqualifying other fans because they disagree with you about the lack of SB success.

    Banner is the reason that Dawkins was forced out. Banner is the reason the fans felt dismissed by the team.

    Also, there are very good coaches waiting for the right opportunity, and Lurie has shown tremendous loyalty to his guys. Sounds like a great coaching situation to me.

    You’re worried about not making the playoffs? They haven’t won a playoff game since 2008.

  30. My favorite Joe Banner line – “Sometimes the best team doesn’t win” – I love the excuses that are made by the Eagles mgmt.

  31. So the Eagles are leaving the franchise in the hands of Andy (Mr. Clock Management) Reid?? Good luck with that Eagle fans

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