Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 6/8/12

As the shock of the news of Joe Banner’s stepping down as Philadelphia Eagles President wears off, it leaves me with several thoughts about the whole thing. As with most things, I try to see the situation from both sides. As far as I can see, there is good and bad that can come of this.

From an Eagles PR standpoint, this could be a really good thing. Joe Banner was a lightning rod for controversy, and his remarks often rubbed the fan base the wrong way (see: standard, the gold). Howie Roseman seems to be much more palatable for some reason. A story by Paul Domowitch said Roseman had a softer touch than Banner. He’s certainly much less abrasive. In fact, one of the only things people have come up with not to like him is that he was mentored by Joe Banner. His drafting abilities have also been called into question, but overall Howie Roseman seems affable enough.

Roseman’s approach also seems to be resonating with players and agents as well. Hell, even Drew Rosenhaus had some kind words for the Eagles after having three clients sign contracts with the Eagles this offseason alone. And ultimately, Roseman got done what many thought couldn’t be done in re-signing DeSean Jackson, he avoided a Jackson-esque run in with LeSean McCoy and worked out several other solid deals this offseason. Most involved commented on how easy it was to do business with the Eagles. And that was something very new.

Andy Reid has even been more jovial. I fully expect the same old Andy when the team loses next, but overall it is clear that this Eagles organization is trying to do some things differently now. A lot of people reacted to today’s news by saying that Andy Reid needs to go too. I understand it, but today, more than ever, I see the value in keeping Andy Reid here as the head coach of this team.

With news that Banner has planning his exit for a year now, you have to take a look at this offseason and ask yourself what is different. I’ve chronicled the changes right here in this space a few times, and have talked about it on the Broad Street Breakdown as well. The difference here is that Andy Reid and Howie Roseman appear to be in full control now, and it looks like they’ve done a pretty nice job with things. Players are happy and signed. The draft went very very well. Roseman is better as the face of this organization and even Reid is trying to do a better job of expressing himself to the media. The seeds have been planted. If this organization wishes to change how it is perceived by fans and the media as some have said is the case, they are on their way. They’ll just need to continue in this vein and nurture the relationships.

The Eagles can only benefit from a PR makeover, but the success of their business is also involved in this. For all of the negative things said about Joe Banner, his financial wizardry has kept the Eagles financially successful and competitive on the field throughout his tenure. When the Philadelphia Eagles went out and signed every big name free agent on the market last year, understand that they were only able to do so because of Banner’s management of the salary cap. Banner may have been abrasive, but he had an outstanding business mind and transformed that business and made his childhood pal Jeffrey Lurie a billionaire.

While it’s always nice to hear that it’s easier to do business with Roseman it does send up my antennae. Is it easier to do business with Roseman and Reid because they’re not as strong as Banner? Does this mean that the Eagles might be vulnerable now to making some bad decisions? Will Roseman be able to manage the cap with the same effectiveness that Banner did?

These are all questions that will be answered in the future. I personally think that the Eagles will be fine under Roseman’s watch. Nonetheless, these are issues that will bear watching as this organization moves forward and tries to do what it never has – win a Super Bowl. That is the measure that Andy Reid and Howie Roseman and Jeffrey Lurie an Joe Banner will all be judged on in the end.

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