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Banner’s regrets include the handling of Brian Dawkins

Dan Leone may finally feel vindicated.

The game-day employee at Lincoln Financial Field lost his job after a profane Facebook rant regarding the team’s failure to re-sign safety Brian Dawkins in 2009.  On Thursday’s PFT Live, former Eagles president Joe Banner identified the handling of Dawkins’ situation as one of the biggest regrets of Banner’s 18-year tenure with the team.

“I think that there were times where the true appreciation we had for the contributions of some of our players, you know, Brian Dawkins comes to mind the most,” Banner said.  “That certain situations were handled in a way that maybe the true, sincere, deep caring we had for those people didn’t show the way it should have.  I think those players were close enough to us personally to know how we felt, but I also understand how perceptions are driven.  And those are people we care about deeply and cherish and value and were invaluable to what we were trying to do here, and there were times I wish that could have been handled a little cleaner, primarily from a public relations perspective.”

Dawkins signed with the Broncos as a free agent at a time when it appeared that the Eagles had low-balled him, and that the Eagles simply didn’t believe he could generate serious interest elsewhere.  Dawkins went on to have three solid seasons in Denver.

Banner then was asked whether he had any regrets about the Terrell Owens debacle of 2005, and he opted not to rehash a seven-year-old scar.

All in all, though, Banner has far more reasons for pride, given that he helped transform the Eagles into consistent contenders.  Though they never managed to kick in the door on a championship, they’ve been knocking more often than not, which is more than most teams can say.

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23 Responses to “Banner’s regrets include the handling of Brian Dawkins”
  1. jerrysandusky1 says: Jun 7, 2012 10:55 PM

    MF,
    If you called your boss what Dan Leone called his boss you wouldn’t have a job would you? Leone dug his own grave and started with signing up for facebook

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 7, 2012 10:57 PM

    “Who’s that knocking on the door?”.

    “Aw, it’s just those damn Eagles again, pay it no mind. They’ll go away eventually.”.

  3. jerrysandusky1 says: Jun 7, 2012 11:03 PM

    Why is he talking regrets? He should glad it happened not sad its over.

    Im a Redskins fan so that guy should be happy about topics like the mcnabb trade, getting desean jackson.

    and…..umm….well, I wont bring up Juan Castillo, all those NFCCG’s, The Mike Vick implsosion (face it Igg’s, Vick peaked out week 14 2010), Andy Reids choking ability, The Death of JJ, kevin kolb (hahahahahahahaah)

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 7, 2012 11:04 PM

    Joe wants to live long enough to have a Banner career. Wherever that may be.

  5. phillyphan72 says: Jun 7, 2012 11:27 PM

    Goodbye jack@$$

  6. drunkenjunk says: Jun 8, 2012 12:21 AM

    lol, does he regret not having a super bowl trophy? Only team in the NFC East that ain’t got one. The step-child of our storied division.

  7. macwomack says: Jun 8, 2012 1:07 AM

    I hate Philly but this guy ran a good ship w/ a few bungled FA signings aside (like any other GM)…. and no one could have anticipated TO blowing up the team that year.

    No one should hold that against him.

    Regarding Dawkins – I know letting him go seemed like a bad move because he was a fan favorite but it is the modern NFL you let players go towards the end of their career. Banner’s mistake was not realizing how much gas Dawkins still had in the tank. If he knew that he surely would have resigned him.

    I don’t think this should be an unforgivable mistake either. Disappointng because Dawkins was so good.

    I think these are the only two substantial dings on an otherwise solid tenure and Owens going mental was totally out of his control.

  8. asw1028 says: Jun 8, 2012 1:12 AM

    Hey Joe– Philly will NEVER forgive you for how you handled Dawkins. If you hate fans from Philly, that’s fine. To be honest, as a lifelong Philly fan, I know that we have earned our label for being a tough city to play in. We complain, we act like idiots and we’re not very gracious in victory or defeat.

    I only hope you people out there can trust one thing about us–WE WILL ALWAYS RESPECT TOUGHNESS. Brian Dawkins was as close to a warrior as you can be and every single Eagles fan loved him. He embodied everything we respect–passion, toughness, leadership and a little bit of that crazy/eccentric attitude that rubs off on anyone who lives here for long enough. The day they let go of him was like a day of shock/disbelief. How could Banner low ball the one guy who stood for everything that this fan base loves?

  9. eagles2199 says: Jun 8, 2012 2:14 AM

    Why is he talking regrets? He should glad it happened not sad its over.

    Im a Redskins fan so that guy should be happy about topics like the mcnabb trade, getting desean jackson.

    and…..umm….well, I wont bring up Juan Castillo, all those NFCCG’s, The Mike Vick implsosion (face it Igg’s, Vick peaked out week 14 2010), Andy Reids choking ability, The Death of JJ, kevin kolb (hahahahahahahaah)

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    First off you are laughing at the death of a person? Nice one but I should expect it coming from a Skins fan. All those NFCCGs? Where was the last time the Skins had a winning record let only went to a NFCCG. Vick is still better then every quarter back on your roster or has been on our roster for the last 7 years. Andy Reid has less losses in 3 seasons then the Redskins have wins. Kevin Kolb the guy we drafted in the second round (36th overall) then traded for the 37th overall pick and a PB corner, yeah that was pretty funny.

  10. kingcarlbanks says: Jun 8, 2012 2:20 AM

    Dawkins was the heart and soul of the Iggles. Maybe with his leadership and all that talent, they could have been special. Thanks Banner!,

    Giants Nation

  11. fnmean1 says: Jun 8, 2012 4:52 AM

    A Redskin fan laughing at the misfortunes of another team.That is funny in all sorts of ways.Here is newsflash your team hasn’t been relevant since the 80′s.The name you choose just solidifies the proof that you are a total moron.

  12. xxakshunxx says: Jun 8, 2012 5:28 AM

    @jerrysandusky1

    so i guess people in D.C. take child abuse something to poke fun at?

  13. gpete1962 says: Jun 8, 2012 7:21 AM

    What’s that perfect word to describe your team when they try really hard and come close to winning “Losing”

  14. rgb2425 says: Jun 8, 2012 7:22 AM

    Damn right it should include Brian Dawkins. This was Banner’s M.O. When players reach a certain age, he searches in the draft for new ones and chooses youth, cheap salaries, and inexperience over veterens.

  15. bigkeev124 says: Jun 8, 2012 7:28 AM

    A Redskin fan has something to say about bad moves or players in the Eagles camp….. c’mon man!!!! Anyway he should regret the one move that should have never happen….. Vick peaked out when, oh well you know what ultimately got Landry not resigned, the Reason why Deangelo needs to be dealt or cut and Carlos said the hell with this team(Redskins). C’mon man!!! The Redskins is a walking debacle of a franchise, whatever Bad Decision Banner made is far better than any decision Skins made since 1987.. laugh at that

  16. bleed4philly says: Jun 8, 2012 8:49 AM

    A lot of us made profane Facebook rants the day that happened.

  17. billsin20xx says: Jun 8, 2012 8:50 AM

    What the heck is good about being a ‘consistent contender’???

    Coming is second is still the first loser, coming in 3rd-5th like the eagles isn’t even good enough to be first loser!!

  18. snowpea84 says: Jun 8, 2012 8:53 AM

    Your headline is wrong. His problem is with the way it was perceived.

    If he has a regret t should be allowing the team to first keep McNabb, and then transition to Vick, and then just to make themselves look completely inept, sign Young.

  19. illbillgiantz4lif says: Jun 8, 2012 9:36 AM

    Sometimes you part with a player and it seems like a good idea at the time. Then you find out later that the decision was premature. Dawkins was the heart of the Eagles and they haven’t been the same on defense since.

  20. rskills says: Jun 8, 2012 9:47 AM

    @fnmean1

    Another redskins fan here, and I agree with all of what you said, but the Redskins did win the super bowl in ’92, so they were pretty relevant a little ways out of the ’80s. Not far off, but I’m going to cling to all of the glory years possible!

  21. jerrysandusky1 says: Jun 8, 2012 1:09 PM

    You know what, you Eagles fans are right. I apologize. I apologize for the breaking of Vick’s ribs. I apologize for the choke job AT HOME in the wild-card round. I apologize for your Lombardi trophies.

    The greatest comedy comes from the worst tragedy so I will never apologize for JJ. Im sure he doesnt mind the jokes .Lord knows we heard it all about our guy who ABUSED your team year in and year out; Mr. Taylor.

    And final thoughts: DREAM TEAM

    have fun at 7-9, firing your coach, Desean’s next concussion, and Vicks multiple-INT’s in the first halves of games. See ya…in our rearview.

  22. dcbassguy says: Jun 8, 2012 1:48 PM

    @jerrysandusky1 says: Jun 8, 2012 1:09 PM

    You know what, you Eagles fans are right. I apologize. I apologize for the breaking of Vick’s ribs. I apologize for the choke job AT HOME in the wild-card round. I apologize for your Lombardi trophies.

    The greatest comedy comes from the worst tragedy so I will never apologize for JJ. Im sure he doesnt mind the jokes .Lord knows we heard it all about our guy who ABUSED your team year in and year out; Mr. Taylor.

    And final thoughts: DREAM TEAM

    have fun at 7-9, firing your coach, Desean’s next concussion, and Vicks multiple-INT’s in the first halves of games. See ya…in our rearview.

    _________________________________

    You Sir, are an idiot. I’m also sure you only make idiotic posts to get a rise out of people, because I am sure you can’t truly be this stupid.

    The skins have SUCKED for years, decades even….. And you want to talk smack? Give it a rest, and go pray that RGIII isn’t a joke. It will take all the prayers you have.

    Only a Foreskins fan would make a joke about the death of JJ. Maybe it’s the karma from crap like that, that has kept your team in the basement for so long.

  23. harlemdom says: Jun 14, 2012 3:04 PM

    To late banner you out of here. Should have learned a long time ago, that you always treat the person most loyal to the organization as family. You never played a game of football, and thought you could evaluate talent what a joke.

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