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Lurie accuses Banner of fueling anti-Roseman campaign

Don Smolenski, Jeffery Lurie, Joe Banner, AP

They say the NFL is the ultimate reality show.  Well, it’s officially getting real between a pair of 44-year friends who were colleagues in Philly for a generation.

After Jeffrey Lurie bought the Eagles, he hired Joe Banner to serve as Lurie’s top adviser.  Last year, Banner abruptly resigned.  He was confident he’d emerge in a new situation, and he quickly did — with the Browns.

But there have been signs of unspoken acrimony between Lurie and Banner.  Now, Lurie is accusing Banner of privately bashing Eagles G.M. Howie Roseman.

“I’m very supportive of Howie, and if there’s any criticism coming from afar about Howie, it’s just off-base, and so I will support Howie completely, because that’s not right,” Lurie said, via Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com.

“And, you know, if there are league sources that are really based in Cleveland, that’s not right.  We see through it all.”

Banner denies that he was a source for recent over-the-top criticism of Roseman by Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, which called Roseman “drunk with power” and “woefully out of his depth” in searching for a new coach.

“It is always difficult to comment on a quote that may or may not be accurate or in context,” Banner said, via Browns spokesman Neal Gulkis.  “In this case, from the comments which Jeffrey made that were communicated to me, it is necessary for me to make this clear, unambiguous statement.  Any implication that I had anything to do with Jason La Canfora’s story is completely false, outrageous and borders on being libelous.”

Libelous.  As in actionable.  As in Banner could be considering suing Lurie, if this continues.  (Or at least threatening to do so, in the hopes it will stop.)

As best we can tell, there is definitely an undercurrent of hostility between Banner, and Lurie and Roseman.  We’ve heard an account from one very reliable source of Lurie and Roseman openly criticizing Banner when talking to people not affiliated with the team.  Banner, we’re told, privately believes that some of the criticism directed to Roseman is unfair, but that some of it is fair.

Unfortunately, the two teams won’t play each other again until 2016.

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48 Responses to “Lurie accuses Banner of fueling anti-Roseman campaign”
  1. mojosmagic says: Jan 18, 2013 10:37 AM

    “It is always difficult to comment on a quote that may or may not be accurate or in context,”
    Well that says it all Joe. Your a liar. It’s not difficult at all if your telling the truth. You don’t threaten to sue if your telling the truth.

  2. bdawk20 says: Jan 18, 2013 10:37 AM

    The more Lurie trashes Banner, the more I respect Lurie

  3. bucs4life1014 says: Jan 18, 2013 10:38 AM

    JERRY JERRY JERRY JERRY JERRY.

  4. andyreidsbossoms says: Jan 18, 2013 10:39 AM

    Who cares! Go hire Horton ok Howie

  5. brownoholic says: Jan 18, 2013 10:41 AM

    Banner has proved today he doesn’t know a good G.M. from a hole in the ground…..

  6. hor2012 says: Jan 18, 2013 10:43 AM

    I had know idea that this was going on in the Eagles front office. No wonder they had the issues they did on the field.

  7. gumbogumbo says: Jan 18, 2013 10:43 AM

    What are the chances that Banner is still in Cleveland in ’16?

  8. isonic1 says: Jan 18, 2013 10:45 AM

    Ah, the Eagles are stealing the circus from the Redskins.

  9. tvguy22 says: Jan 18, 2013 10:46 AM

    Kind of like Animal Farm, when Snowball was blamed for everything after he was chased away.

  10. 1509lucky says: Jan 18, 2013 10:46 AM

    The real joke is,that there isn’t a Football Man among the Three of them combined!

  11. TheDPR says: Jan 18, 2013 10:46 AM

    “Unfortunately, the two teams won’t play each other again until 2016.”

    So Cleveland v. Philly isn’t going to be your Super Bowl pick for next year, Florio?

  12. jr4real says: Jan 18, 2013 10:47 AM

    Banner hired Lombardi. Enough said.

  13. pixelito says: Jan 18, 2013 10:53 AM

    Why is every owner in the NFC East not named John Mara a whacko conspiracy theorist?

  14. flavordave says: Jan 18, 2013 10:54 AM

    Oh those rich boys and their toys. Hey if anything Lurie is beating the pants off Banner as far as the offseason goes. Lurie even went so far yesterday to state that it was really only a decision for Kelly between staying at Oregon or coming to the Eagles. That was a smack down on Banner.

  15. Kaz says: Jan 18, 2013 10:58 AM

    Banner ended up in Cleveland. Looks like Lurie got the last laugh afterall.

  16. Cereal says: Jan 18, 2013 11:02 AM

    Lurie is a classy guy & a very good owner with an solid track record, I’ll side with him on this one

  17. lroc20 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:03 AM

    Girl fight!

  18. Cereal says: Jan 18, 2013 11:04 AM

    So the Browns hired a HC then a personnel guy ? Yeah,,,Banner should talk about being drunk with power

  19. lastdukestreetking says: Jan 18, 2013 11:04 AM

    Meow!

  20. tjules21 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:06 AM

    Cat fight!

  21. schmitty2 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:13 AM

    pixelito says:Jan 18, 2013 10:53 AM

    Why is every owner in the NFC East not named John Mara a whacko conspiracy theorist?

    Why is John Mara the only owner in the NFC East who screwed 2 other teams in the division out of cap money?

  22. scoonie97 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:15 AM

    pixelito says:
    Jan 18, 2013 10:53 AM
    Why is every owner in the NFC East not named John Mara a whacko conspiracy theorist?
    ______________________________

    Because he was handed everything in his life to him from Daddy?

  23. purpleguy says: Jan 18, 2013 11:23 AM

    So Lurie and Roseman can trash Banner behind his back, but get their shorts in a bundle if he does the same? Are these guys senior NFL execs or 13 year olds?

  24. rugdaniels says: Jan 18, 2013 11:24 AM

    I guess if your team can’t generate headlines on the field this is what an owner resorts to.

  25. bengalsstillsuck says: Jan 18, 2013 11:24 AM

    Did you hear what Banner said the gm wont have the final say the coach will or that both will report to him Lombardi will not have the final say i like fans that think they know it all an judge things before it happens.

  26. thesixersbench says: Jan 18, 2013 11:32 AM

    1509lucky says:
    Jan 18, 2013 10:46 AM
    The real joke is,that there isn’t a Football Man among the Three of them combined!

    ——

    Matt Millen was a football guy. How’d that work out?

  27. andyreidisthegoat says: Jan 18, 2013 11:41 AM

    Those who win do not try to make headlines. they just shut up and play. Take this from a Cowboy’s fan. Atlanta, SF, Baltimore, and NE. very little off field drama noted. Well run organiztions. Philly is joining the dallas’s, washington’s and oakland’s of the world. Not a good sign.

  28. andyreidisthegoat says: Jan 18, 2013 11:42 AM

    The real joke is,that there isn’t a Football Man among the Three of them combined!

    ——

    Matt Millen was a football guy. How’d that work out?

    ——————————–
    Not well, but this is normally the exception and not the rule. Football men count.

  29. chattanola says: Jan 18, 2013 11:43 AM

    Here is prime example of a member of the media doing what he thinks is a good job: LaCanfora as muckraker.

    We’re approaching offseason and the Bounty scandal is last year’s news so reporters are forced to forage for nuts in winter…and finding them.

  30. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Jan 18, 2013 11:49 AM

    i would have thought Jeffy and Joe could have gone through at least one off season before the gloves came off.

    i would hate to have to defend banner, who by all accounts (and 16 years of observation of his act in philly) is pathologically short of either tact or shame. but it does appear that the eagles veered off their plan about three years ago. given that this time frame was when joe was on the way out and howie on the way in, it begs the question of responsibility for the past couple off seasons transactions.

    and for andy reid to now use the banner roseman turf war as his thinly disguised excuse for the downturn in the franchise he ran is as disingenuous as a promise from lance armstrong.

  31. mjzaky says: Jan 18, 2013 11:57 AM

    Eagles = NFC’s version of the Jets. Always talking, never winning.

  32. archetypeobscure says: Jan 18, 2013 11:58 AM

    Like him or not, the Eagles have completely fallen apart without Banner.

  33. eaglelover1 says: Jan 18, 2013 12:05 PM

    This explains the reason why Kelley was not immediately hired….Roseman was trying to keep personel power……After another coach walked away Lurie told Howie to share power with the coach and apologize with more money……..

    As an Eagle fan I am prepared for 4-12 seasons for the next 2 years or until Lurie realizes Roseman knows nothing about football

  34. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 18, 2013 12:15 PM

    Mazels all around..

  35. mjsweentraining says: Jan 18, 2013 12:16 PM

    Can we just get away from the “he said/she said” and focus on building a quality football team?

  36. therealtrenches says: Jan 18, 2013 12:17 PM

    Regarding Cleveland, Lurie prefaced his suggestion that banner was the league source with the word “if.” That’s not slander.

    Joe frequently said poorly thought out things to the press while in Philly. This is no exception.

  37. h1ndrix says: Jan 18, 2013 12:28 PM

    Whoever said “Hey, y’know how Dan Snyder signed all those big name free agents? That seemed to work out well..let’s do that!” deserves the blame.
    The Eagles used to be a well run organization, now it’s a joke.

  38. andyreidisthegoat says: Jan 18, 2013 12:31 PM

    Chip is here because of upcoming sanctions at U of O that he got wind of after he originally declined the job. It was then I gotta get out of here mode and he went with philly over cleveland because who would rather live in cleveland than philly. both situations are pretty bleak but philly has a few more toys to play with. This is not howie getting his guy, like they want you to believe. This is a desperate guy reaching back out to the eagles after he found out his other situation was worse than he thought. Eagles were so emabarrassed that 11-12 candidates were turning them down that they would have given him the keys to lurie’s mansion if he asked for it.

  39. mojosmagic says: Jan 18, 2013 12:35 PM

    “This explains the reason why Kelley was not immediately hired….Roseman was trying to keep personel power”
    I hate it when people make up lies like you just did. Kelly at his presser explained in detail why he took time to make his decision and it had nothing to do with a power struggle with Roseman. Go watch the tape of it.

  40. thesmedman says: Jan 18, 2013 12:39 PM

    I don’t know Joe
    But Howie had to go
    In order for the Eagles to show
    That football experience counts in the know

    The Eagles took hired a coach with no
    Experience coaching as a pro
    And, further, he doesn’t seem to know
    That mentioning SC in Philadelphia is a no-no

  41. fmwarner says: Jan 18, 2013 12:45 PM

    andyreidisthegoat says: Jan 18, 2013 12:31 PM

    Chip is here because of upcoming sanctions at U of O that he got wind of after he originally declined the job. It was then I gotta get out of here mode and he went with philly over cleveland because who would rather live in cleveland than philly. both situations are pretty bleak but philly has a few more toys to play with. This is not howie getting his guy, like they want you to believe. This is a desperate guy reaching back out to the eagles after he found out his other situation was worse than he thought. Eagles were so emabarrassed that 11-12 candidates were turning them down that they would have given him the keys to lurie’s mansion if he asked for it.
    ===============================

    Wow, you have an excellent career as a novelist ahead of you. I’ve rarely seen skill at making up stuff out of thin air like this.

  42. raidernation210 says: Jan 18, 2013 12:47 PM

    Kaz says:
    Jan 18, 2013 10:58 AM

    Banner ended up in Cleveland. Looks like Lurie got the last laugh afterall.

    ————————————————-

    Yeah because they eagles have such a great tradition of winning right? how many super bowls? didn’t think so

  43. phillyphannn83 says: Jan 18, 2013 12:52 PM

    eaglelover1 January 18, 2013, 12:05 PM EST

    This explains the reason why Kelley was not immediately hired….Roseman was trying to keep personel power……After another coach walked away Lurie told Howie to share power with the coach and apologize with more money……..

    As an Eagle fan I am prepared for 4-12 seasons for the next 2 years or until Lurie realizes Roseman knows nothing about football
    ——————————
    And this explains why you watch football on Sundays from your couch.

  44. andyreidisthegoat says: Jan 18, 2013 12:56 PM

    Wow, you have an excellent career as a novelist ahead of you. I’ve rarely seen skill at making up stuff out of thin air like this.

    ——————————-

    Why thank you I’ll send you a signed copy. This is all fact you know this man. ARITG doesn’t fib.

  45. granadafan says: Jan 18, 2013 2:02 PM

    Yeah yeah, and Lance Armstrong was “innocent” and sued people who said he was doping. Forgive us if we take Banner’s proclamations of innocence with skepticism.

  46. scrp2 says: Jan 18, 2013 2:28 PM

    I’m trying to understand what happened. So we have three grown men, somebody said something and then someone’s feelings got hurt?

  47. Simon says: Jan 18, 2013 4:30 PM

    Can’t we all just get along.

  48. bumbleb572 says: Jan 19, 2013 9:27 AM

    2016!! Too bad Kelly will be back in college at that time and we will not see the match-up.

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