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.

Analysis

The Resurrection Of Chiefs Kingdom: What’s Changed in Kansas City

Let’s take you back to Week 7 in the NFL when the Chiefs had just lost an embarrassing game to the Tennessee Titans in which they scored 3 points, the lowest scoring output in the Patrick Mahomes era. In this game, Patrick Mahomes faced a scary head injury late in the 4th quarter. Since Week […]

Breakdowns

Don’t Be Afraid Of Analytics

As a term, analytics has become a sort of lightning rod. It is the enemy of some who actively like seeing it proven wrong. In most cases though, this reaction stems from a mischaracterization and lack of understanding about what it is.  Hearing the word should not cause blood pressure to rise, nor should it […]

QB Hub

Minshew Mania: How the Eagles Stole the NFL’s Best Backup QB

The Eagles acquired Gardner Minshew for a conditional sixth-round pick in August. The pick could rise to a fifth-rounder if Minshew is involved in 50% of the team’s plays in three games this season.  At the time of the trade, it was reasonable to assume this would have been for a pick in the middle […]

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Banner: The Myth Of Establishing The Run

Many of the major points of contention with analytics revolve around running the football. On opposite ends of the spectrum lie those who live by “establishing the run” and those who posit that “running backs don’t matter.” As much as these views diverge, they actually have something in common: they’re both wrong.  “Establish the Run” […]

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An Inside Look at the 3 On-Field Trends Affecting Every Aspect of the NFL

Understanding the changing landscape of the NFL and properly adhering to it will not only allow you to stay current with the changing times, but will allow you to properly construct a roster to feature the skill sets necessary to create mismatches or defend possible mismatches.  With the development and involvement of starting QBs being […]

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NFL Teams Can Maximize Success With These Two Philosophies

Every smart football team will establish their keys to winning and losing. Once these keys are established, the nature of the decision-making process becomes more rooted to a specific path. Let it be known that no metric or key will cause 100% success or even individually lead to success. More so, establishing and following the […]

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Banner’s Mid-Season Review: Front Office Accolades and Criticisms 

Nine weeks into the first-ever 17-game NFL season, we have had enough time to come to some type of understanding regarding which front office decisions have paid dividends and who has misfired. To this point, three front offices have stood out thus far as deserving of recognition, while others have not been as successful. Accolades: […]

Front Office Commentary

Banner Headlines: Titans Can Win Without Derrick Henry

Some thoughts after Week 8 of the NFL season… Tennessee 34, Indianapolis 31 Despite losing Derrick Henry, I still think the Titans are going to be good. I do not think they are as good without him, but he did not have an effective game yesterday. They wasted 28 carries on him for just 68 yards, […]

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Banner Headlines: What We Learned in Week 5

Some thoughts after Week 5 of the NFL season… Recapping the Urban Meyer Situation When your lead principle for yourself is your ability to lead and build a culture and then you, yourself, become the headline in a totally inexplicable way, it completely sabotages your core message. For me, that is what I think Meyer is really […]

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