While Sunday’s game between Kansas City and Buffalo demonstrated why both teams are very likely to remain successful for a long time, each team’s success is not just because of the quarterbacks. As exceptional and important as Mahomes and Allen are, Andy Reid and Sean McDermott have also set their teams up for the long-term. […]
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.
The decision to increase the number of teams in the playoffs and the length of the regular season resulted in reducing the number of Wild Card byes to just the top seed in each conference. Many correctly interpreted this change to be an even greater advantage for the teams that earned the week of rest […]
On Friday morning, Ian Rapoport reported that Joe Schoen has been chosen to be the next general manager of the New York Giants. Serving as the assistant general manager under Brandon Beane for the Buffalo Bills from 2017 to 2021, Schoen helped the team break their 17-year streak of missing the playoffs in his first […]
In 1998, myself and one other member of the Philadelphia Eagles front office were given the assignment to come up with the top couple of candidates for our Special Teams Coordinator. The goal was to evaluate those who weren’t already special teams coaches in the NFL, but who we thought could be very effective in […]
When evaluating the strengths of each job opening, it’s crucial to look at what will be important to prospective head coaches. By doing that, we can see how these areas will translate to each team’s desirability. First, coaches want an owner that is truly committed to winning, such that it drives everything they do. They […]
After 17 weeks, all but seven teams have either been eliminated or clinched a playoff spot. This makes it a good time to look back at how teams earned their records, starting with those that benefitted the most from scheduling. Note that this is not meant to discredit what these teams have accomplished. In fact, […]
Throwing for 525 yards against Baltimore has served as a catalyst for praising Joe Burrow. But as good as his performance was Sunday, it should not have been necessary for the second-year QB to get the recognition he deserves. People seem to forget how good Burrow was as a rookie prior to getting hurt. This […]
The Most Valuable Player should be the player who would most adversely affect his team if he were unable to play. Other conceptualizations of the MVP fail to recognize that it’s not an award for the best player irrespective of position. It’s the most valuable player, and value is inherently tied to a player’s position. […]
What’s Happening – Mobility and Injuries are Rising: The game is changing, along with the nature of the QB position. Football is moving towards more mobile, athletic QBs. Due to their skillsets, these players are also more willing to run than ever before, and many have become the focal point of their respective team’s run […]
Sunday’s slate included two crucial games that will likely determine division winners. Dallas beat Washington 27-20, increasing their lead in the NFC East to three games. This win essentially guarantees that Dallas will host a playoff game as a division winner. In the AFC North, the Browns defeated the Ravens 24-22 and cut the Ravens’ […]