By Peter Gleason
Joe Banner was made Eagles president by his boyhood friend, owner Jeff Lurie.
So he basically came in with no resume.
And I would argue that he was massively overrated as an exec.
Except for one big hire:
“Of my list of hires, Andy is the one I am most proud of,” Banner told CBS Sports.com about Andy Reid.
Banner who ran the Eagles from 1995 to 2012, was president of the Browns from 2012 to 2013 and has consulted with the Falcons and other teams on more recent hires.
“He had been working in Green Bay for eight years under Ron Wolf, a Hall of Fame GM and they were looking for head coach, too, and he doesn’t even interview Andy. And there were eight other teams looking for a head coach, and not one even took a look at Andy. And to be honest, he blew us away in the interview, and we were sold, and I don’t know how Ron Wolf skipped over him. He hired Ray Rhodes instead and he was gone in a year.”
Banner was sweating out the Chiefs’ slow Super Bowl start two weeks ago – a constant of their historic postseason – and cheering wildly as Reid’s offense finished the game with 21-unanswered points in the fourth quarter to give Kansas City its first NFL title in 50 years.
“He is truly a superior person,” Banner said of Reid, whom he hired when still just a quarterbacks coach with no experience calling plays or running a football team. “The joy I have for him and his family is very real, and I do take some pride in seeing him accomplish this. We were able to find him, and I wish we could have done it together, but he’s special on all fronts and I’m glad this ends the conversation about whether or not he is going to make Hall of Fame.”