As we think about potential new deals for Buffalo’s Josh Allen, Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson and Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield, it begs the question: Why would any of these three quarterbacks step on the field without a new deal? All of the young quarterbacks that have been playing well have gotten deals after three years, whether that […]
Joe Banner is a former front office executive for both the Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns who was last in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons as a consultant in 2015. While in the NFL, Banner was a part of an Eagles franchise that made a Super Bowl and played in four NFC Championship Games.
Raised in Massachusetts, Banner studied economics at Denison University. He spent a semester interning at WCAU 1210 AM radio in Philadelphia, where he would eventually be hired as a sports reporter and producer. He later left WCAU to open a chain of clothing stores and became a Co-Charman of the Board for a national non-profit called City Year-Greater Philadelphia chapter.
Banner got into football in 1994 when he was hired by Eagles owner Jeff Lurie. He rose through the ranks quickly and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 1996 and to Executive Vice President in 1997. Banner held that position until 2012 when he became the Strategic Advisor to Lurie.
In 2012, Banner joined an ownership group that was interested in buying the Cleveland Browns. In October of 2012, Banner was named the Browns CEO by owner Jimmy Haslam. He left the organization in the spring of 2014. In December of 2014, Banner joined the Atlanta Falcons as a consultant.
I still think Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones is a good player. He is still big and strong, and I would still consider him an above-average route runner. The thing is, he’s not as fast as he was when he first entered the NFL 10 years ago. He was a better route runner back then, […]
During the offseason, we spend so much time talking about things that rarely end up impacting the regular season and almost never end up influencing the postseason. For example, the Tim Tebow signing – a player who probably will not last in Jacksonville through training camp. Before that, it was speculating which big-name quarterbacks could […]
When you have a young quarterback, ownership is highly motivated to limit any changes that could become obstacles to that quarterback’s development in the short term. In Chicago, the narrative is that Bears head coach Matt Nagy should start Justin Fields early in order to protect his job leading into 2022. In reality, the scenario […]
Last week, Broncos right tackle Ja’Wuan James suffered a torn Achilles while working out away from Denver’s team facility. Since the injury occurred outside the Broncos’ building — and therefore outside the scope of his NFL contract — Denver is able to place James on the non-football-related injury list (NFI) while he recovers. The move […]
Going into the draft, you want to achieve two things with your picks. Obviously, the first is to select players that project to be successful at the next level. The next thing – which is much more complicated — is to maximize the value of your picks, including finding players that fit into your overall […]
The latter portion of the NFL draft presents a real value proposition. Early in the draft, outside of a few surprises, the board usually falls in a manner all teams have anticipated. This includes any trades that have been developing based on certain contingencies. It’s when you get to Day 3 that there are more […]
When it comes to NFL draft preparation, the gap in quality of evaluation skills does not vary much from the top teams to the bottom teams. Outside of a few surprises, it is pretty rare to go through the first few rounds and not see most players picked at least in the ballpark of where […]
Despite the perception that the value of running backs has diminished in recent years, I cannot imagine finding an offensive coach who does not believe that a starting running back is one of the most important players he has. But when you can get them anywhere from the second round or lower – even undrafted […]
Here’s a look at how some of the NFL’s offseason moves – includng this week’s trade of Sam Darnold – might affect what happens in the draft: New York Jets The Sam Darnold trade really created a whole domino effect at the top of the draft. The Jags were always taking Trevor Lawrence, and now […]