Joe Banner the man who used to run another NFL team has a long history of being a ruthless business man. When he was hired to become the CEO of the Cleveland Browns, the fans in Cleveland really didn’t have much of an idea of what to expect. Now that Banner has had the axe dropped on Chris Gocong for the second time in his NFL career, we are left to wonder if Banner has any personal issues with Chris Gocong.
Before you fly off the handle and think we are just bashing Banner and the moves he is making with the Browns, ask yourself the question, what do you know about Joe Banner? In Philadelphia Banner had a history of dropping the hammer on players when they approached the age of 30. in Philadelphia on sports-talk radio especially, they get a little personal hers is how they described Banner, that he’s a smug, cold bottom-line guy quite willing to jettison popular players once they approach the ripe old age of 30. Troy Vincent. Hugh Douglas. Duce Staley. Brian Dawkins — that one, Dawkins, really hurt.
Yes sir, Joe Banner is the guy that gave a great player like Brian Dawkins his walking papers from the Eagles. Guess what people, Dawkins played 3 more years after he left the Eagles and went to Denver, he made the pro-bowl in 2 of those 3 years. Now, don’t make the mistake that we are trying to compare Chris Gocong to Dawkins, we are not. We are however trying to point out that Banner can be blinded at times. He thinks he knows more than anyone else in the room when often times he doesn’t.
The perception Banner left in Philly, is he’s a guy who doesn’t really care about winning. Not enough, anyway. Not like we do. He does care about lining the owners pockets with money however. Is this why Banner was brought into the Browns organization? Is he here to help Jimmy Haslam III make his billion back really quick?
Banner started his football career in 1994 when Lurie bought the Eagles, before that Banner had nothing to do with football. He was a business man and he was all about making money. He didn’t have to win to make money he just had to play the game. Now, in the NFL you have to play the game to win. Can Banner make the distinction between making money and winning?
Banner spent 18 years with the Eagles. The team made the play-offs in 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, They did make it to the Super Bowl once while Banner was there only to lose to the Patriots 24-21 in 2005. In 2011, the Eagles barely reached .500, they let the entire community down with a team they had high hopes for. Perhaps Banner is reaching the age when he should be let go. After all the Eagles didn’t do much in the play-offs after they were beat in the super bowl in 2005. They made it back to the play-offs 4 more times, why could Banner get his Eagles over the hump, has he lost a step over the past 7 years?
Is Banner the right guy for the Browns? It is still too early to tell. Once thing we do know, is Banner will pull the trigger when he feels like it. Lets just hope the result is winning and his motives are not just based on making money for the team owner. If you win the money comes. But if the money is first, than Browns fans could be in for a rude awakening.
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