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08:06 AM ET 10.18 | Joe Banner seems to get his current challenge, something that extends beyond the football field. [Banner] understands the flower petals are wilted by now and that the choir has lost its voice. That given the amount of faith required to believe in each successive procession since 1999, the occasion has almost reached religious holiday status where Browns fans pray for deliverance and blanche at how much season ticket money they've dropped into the collection basket. ... For people here, it's been a losing game of checkers where the Steelers, Ravens (and sometimes the Bengals) keep double-jumping their team and wiping the board with them. Banner says he doesn't want to sound like just another "promiser." "We have to deliver," he said.

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Brandon Weeden, Icon Sports Brandon Weeden, Icon Sports
October 18, 2012  08:15 AM ET

WTF? Who writes this stuff, the publisher's teen-age daughter?

October 18, 2012  08:30 AM ET

who is Joe Banner? (I could Google it but I guess I don't care enough to expend the effort...)

October 18, 2012  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

who is Joe Banner? (I could Google it but I guess I don't care enough to expend the effort...)

I was thinking he played Sargeant Schultz on Hogan's Heroes, but, well, I know nothing, I know nothing....

October 18, 2012  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I was thinking he played Sargeant Schultz on Hogan's Heroes, but, well, I know nothing, I know nothing....

was he that Hulk guy??

October 18, 2012  08:47 AM ET

Maybe when Banner realizes his job is to make the Browns relevant, he'll get angry, and then.... turn green?

That's their best hope

October 18, 2012  09:05 AM ET

"Banner prepared 'to deliver'"

Good. Joe, I'd like a large thin-crust New York Style pizza with pepperoni, mushroom and onion, delivered at half-time in the Superbowl. I don't want to go out and miss Beyonce.

October 18, 2012  09:18 AM ET

Banner is a good choice for the Browns.

I'd take him here in Dallas if the owner would stop being a knothead and hire a football guy.

October 18, 2012  09:19 AM ET

Banner was always more of a business side guy in Philly. Not sure he had much to do with football decisions.

October 18, 2012  09:33 AM ET

Wilted flowers and a choir, sounds like a funeral to me. I'm not familiar with this guy but I have to ask why you would hire anyone from the Eagles organization.

October 18, 2012  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

who is Joe Banner? (I could Google it but I guess I don't care enough to expend the effort...)

Former President of The Eagles left last year!

October 18, 2012  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Wilted flowers and a choir, sounds like a funeral to me. I'm not familiar with this guy but I have to ask why you would hire anyone from the Eagles organization.

Cause no one knows quite where Bannon's nose ends and Haslam,(are we going to call him JH3) rump begins

October 18, 2012  10:58 AM ET

Well Brandon Weeden be afraid be very afraid I'd start watching film of back-up quarterbacks

October 18, 2012  12:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

was he that Hulk guy??

I think that was Dr. David Banner--this guy might be related though, looks like he performed a Holmgrenectomy on the Browns.

October 18, 2012  02:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

was he that Hulk guy??

I think he was the Doc that got framed for killing his wife, and was running around trying to find the man with one arm.

October 18, 2012  09:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Banner was always more of a business side guy in Philly. Not sure he had much to do with football decisions.

It look like both He and Haslam will be handling football operations along with putting the right guys in place to run the team.

October 19, 2012  08:44 AM ET

If Banner chooses to replace Shurmur (and I believe he should) I heard Chip Kelly's name being mentioned and I think he would make an excellent coach. His offense is fast paced and he seems to get the most out of his players. Unlike other names being thrown around, I think he would make the most sense.

October 19, 2012  11:21 AM ET

Chip Kelly? Really? Come on, tribefan...you really think Jimmy Haslam will come in here and drop an inexperienced college coach on his new team as his first ever coaching hire? Trust me, he is handing Banner a blank check to have him bring in Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher or Andy Reid after he is inevitably run from Philly this season.

 
October 19, 2012  11:29 AM ET

Chip Kelly? Really? Come on, tribefan...you really think Jimmy Haslam will come in here and drop an inexperienced college coach on his new team as his first ever coaching hire? Trust me, he is handing Banner a blank check to have him bring in Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher or Andy Reid after he is inevitably run from Philly this season.

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