When former Eagles president Joe Banner joined PFT Live in June to discuss his departure from the team, it was clear that he had his sights set on joining another team. Specifically, he wanted a club that was in need of a “turnaround.”
Four months later, he has taken the wheel of one of the biggest reclamation projects in all of football. On Friday, he returned to PFT Live, three days after being announced as the new CEO of the Browns.
Banner made clear that both the coaching and G.M. positions will be addressed after the current season, which means that current G.M. Tom Heckert will remain firmly in charge of preparations for free agency and the draft. Banner’s remarks regarding Heckert also will be viewed as helping his chances of staying. Still, Banner made it clear that, regardless of titles and structures, he’ll be looking for the right mix of people to make the Browns consistently competitive.
Banner also said that, despite the various changes in offensive and defensive philosophy in recent years, more changes to the approaches on offense and defense and, in turn, the personnel could be coming. But if there’s another wave of changes, they will be the last changes for a while. The Browns under owner Jimmy Haslam plan to take a long-term view, finding people and principles they trust and sticking with them, in the hopes of establishing the kind of continuity every team needs in order to succeed.