It’s been a few hours since the news broke that Joe Banner would no longer be president of the Philadelphia Eagles and former COO Don Smolenski was promoted to replaced him in running the day-to-day operations of the team.
Has the news fully set in for you yet?
At this stage there are more answers than questions, few of which will likely be answered by the scheduled 2:30 press conference scheduled by the team. Does the change signal confirmation of earlier rumors of a power struggle between Banner and head coach Andy Reid, who reportedly threatened to quit if he didn’t receive more control of personnel matters?
Not according the Eagles front office. Team owner Jeffrey Lurie told the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane that his “buddy” Banner wasn’t forced out.
“No, the opposite. It was all done, I think, for what’s best for everybody involved.”
“There’s always a report [about] a power struggle. That’s not the case at all. . . . You only have so much time to have an opportunity to be in this business. And so, [Banner has] got goals for himself and wants to do those things. Just like we do with [assistant] coaches – give them an opportunity to move on and fulfill their goals.”
“Remember, it was Joe Banner, not Jeffrey Lurie, who indicated Andy Reid had to win a Super Bowl to get a new contract. New Andy deal now?”