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Banner Extended; Smolenski Now COO
 
April 1, 2010 | Last Updated: 4/1/10 3:56 PM ET | Comments (24)

The Eagles announced Thursday that they have signed President Joe Banner to a contract extension. The team also announced that Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Don Smolenski, has been promoted to the club's Chief Operating Officer position. Smolenski has progressively grown into this new role, serving as the key administrator for all non-football operations over his past 11 years with the Eagles.

"Joe's superb foresight both on and off the football field has been a key driving force for the team's achievements," said Eagles Chairman and CEO, Jeffrey Lurie. "And Don's contributions over the last decade have been remarkable; his promotion to Chief Operating Officer is in recognition of his hard work, talent and dedication."

Banner's extension stems from his work both on and off the field. His success in football operations has produced many tangible results. Since 1995, Lurie and Banner's first full year with the Eagles, Philadelphia has been in the playoffs 10 times (67%). Only Indianapolis (12) has made more playoff appearances than the Eagles over the same 15-year period and only two franchises have won more playoff games and appeared in more conference title games in that time span: New England (17 wins and 6 championship game appearances) and Pittsburgh (14 and 6). In addition, the Eagles have the sixth-best overall record (148-111-2) in the NFL since 1995.

As one of the league's creative football minds, Banner is lauded not only for his salary cap expertise, but for his negotiation skills and compatibility with head coach Andy Reid and the player personnel department in managing the roster on a long-term basis.

Banner, who was named to his current post of team president on August 1, 2001, has been involved in the creation and execution of every department in the organization. He has spearheaded the efforts developing many of the Eagles' community outreach and fan appreciation initiatives including the Tackling Breast Cancer campaign, the fan-friendly Eagles Training Camp at Lehigh University and the most fan-friendly of all endeavors, a new stadium for the fans and team.

While football is a huge focus in his life, Banner also devotes much of his time and energy to community service and is active with non-profit groups. In fact, he has earned many prestigious awards, including the Lifetime of Idealism Award from City Year Greater Philadelphia, the Distinguished Community Leadership Award from Operation Understanding and the Citizen of the Year Award from the American Red Cross. Banner was also honored for his commitment to volunteerism by former President, George H. W. Bush at a national convention on volunteering and service in Philadelphia in 2007.

Smolenski has played a significant role in the success of the Philadelphia Eagles franchise. As COO, Smolenski is responsible for all of the day-to-day operations of the organization, setting challenging goals for the front office, managing short and long-term planning and budget development as well as measuring the quality and cost effectiveness of all business decisions.

"In every success story there are always a few true heroes that are not as visible as others. The fans may not know the name, but much of the good that we do starts with Don," said Eagles President Joe Banner.

In his original role as CFO, Smolenski was responsible for overseeing all aspects of facility operations at Lincoln Financial Field and the NovaCare complex, the organization's financial operations, legal, human resources, information services, insurance and team travel all report in to Smolenski. He also serves on the board of Eagles Youth Partnership (EYP) as Treasurer.

With the macro view of the entire organization in mind, Smolenski joined Banner in the successful team effort of opening Lincoln Financial Field in 2003. He continues to lead the organization's efforts to maintain a first-class venue with a priority on quality customer services. Known for his effective, easy-going style, Smolenski was an amazing force behind the massive snow removal operation at Lincoln Financial Field in December, 2009 before the San Francisco game.

Smolenski is also very involved in leading the team's environmental initiatives, the GO GREEN program, where the Eagles have emerged as a leader in environmental stewardship. The team has actively integrated environmental responsibility into all of its day-to-day operations through the implementation of recycling programs, usage of 100% renewable energy sources, and numerous efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

"I want to thank Jeffrey and Christina Lurie and Joe Banner for giving me this opportunity," said Smolenski. "I am honored to be a part of this great franchise and its commitment to bring an NFL Championship to this City."

-- Posted by Bob Kent, 3:20 p.m., April 1

Banner Extended; Smolenski Now COO
   
axelking2k10@...
04/02/10
10:54 am ET
BREAKING NEWS: Clark Judge of CBSSports.com reports that the Eagles are close to sending cornerback Sheldon Brown and linebacker Chris Gocong to the Browns, either for a draft pick and a player or two draft picks and a backup. Per Judge, the deal hinges on Brown getting a new contract. Judge also says the deal was expected to be completed by now.
s.sughroue@...
04/02/10
10:39 am ET
Just finished watching Mark Schlerith and Herm Edwards knock the Eagles FO because they have let the Donnovan McNabb trade drag on too long. They tried to say that his value is diminished because he is going to be disgruntled if he has to come back here to the place that tried to trade him. I say, if Herm and Mark are so darn smart, why don't they have FO jobs? Congrats Joe, you're the man!
birdcrazy
04/02/10
1:47 am ET
We had a nice 11 year run..IMO we're headed for leaner times..that's fine...that's the way it goes...this will be a competitive team again this year..and after that, continue to compete...that's all you can logically hope for..a chance to win the big one..and who knows...if the ball bounces our way once or twice..you'll have another excuse to get drunk...
birdcrazy
04/02/10
1:42 am ET
Soooooo..let me get this straight..unless we win a SB every season, this team is a failure..is that correct? Let me clus you morons in on something. Winning a SB is 70% skill and talent and 30% pure unadulterated luck. The days of the dominating NFL franchise are gone. With free agency all you can really hope for is be competitive and have a chance. So if you idiots who are upset at just another excuse to get drunk and act like a fool at a parade feel that way, go root for the pee wees, cause that's the only place your gonna get any satisfaction. We'll win one hopefully, but I enjoy the sport and the competiviness of this franchise. Winning a SB don't put a damn nickle in my pocket. Just gives you bragging rights for one year..period.
johnnyb437
04/02/10
12:15 am ET
No problem sconn. Pholdid, I see where you're coming from. The reason why the FO cut those guys is because either they were getting too old or they just weren't producing. We are in a process of getting younger and to still be contenders in the playoffs is a great feat. I'm guessing that you wanted Peppers, Kampman, or a "big" free agent am I right? Well, look at the size of those contracts...I agree that they would've helped our team, but that money is just ridiculous. IF and I mean if the players that we signed pan out..then the FO has done a great job. I don't think we can criticize them until the season is over man.
Pholdid
04/01/10
9:29 pm ET
i mean would you guys bust ur a** at work everyday to get a promotion just to stop on step before it and call urself successful?
Pholdid
04/01/10
9:29 pm ET
but its the samething every year. we get so close and instead of trying to do everything they can to get the little they need to actually get to a SB and win it, they dont do anything!! it gets so frustrating. we get to the NFC championship game and the next season they get rid of so many people that helped us get there? come on. im at every game, live eagles football in the offseason and i want a lombardi trophy, and i guess everyone likes losing if theyre content with just making the playoffs.
IMTHEWAGON@...
04/01/10
8:38 pm ET
Having lived through the droubt of the early 1970's, and the rollercoaster ride to the current day; I have to say that the Jeffrey Lurie has kept a quality crew in place. I just hope it continues.
sconn56@...
04/01/10
7:38 pm ET
Thanks Johnny, and for the comment of "true eagles fans care about super bowls" A true fan supports their team regardless of their record or super bowl wins.
johnnyb437
04/01/10
7:00 pm ET
Couldn't agree with you more sconn56. We are 1 of 32 teams in the NFL and to be in the playoffs almost every year is huge. Yes we haven't won the big one, but that doesn't detract from how successful this franchise has been the past 10 years. Would you guys really like to go back to the days when our record was 5-11 or maybe 6-10 if we were lucky?
sconn56@...
04/01/10
6:41 pm ET
You people complaining about this move are idiots. Also you people whinning and stating that because we dont win the super bowl each year and that "every season that doesnt end in a superbowl win is a bust" are also idiots. You people should be happy with what we have, a good solid and competitive team. Were in the playoffs pretty much every single year. Would you guys rather have a competitive team like we have now? Or roll the dice and switch stuff up every single year and have 2-14 records like detroit? Jesus people, im glad i moved out of philly something has to be in the water, you people are absolutely stupid and ridiculous.
johnnyb437
04/01/10
5:17 pm ET
All of those who are saying wtf to Banner and Reid's extensions answer me this.Would you rather we were like the Bills and get a new coaching staff every year? Continuity has helped keep this franchise a winning one. We have a shot at the Superbowl every year.You guys have to appreciate that. Believe me, last season when the Cowgirls stomped on us in those final two games..I was crushed. I literally did not go to work for a week. I couldn't watch the Superbowl because my beloved team wasn't there. However, I'm grateful that we even had a shot. Even though we made the playoffs last year, you have to realize that we didn't have the best team last year. We had so many holes that there was just no way.If a miracle would've happened then I would've been out on the streets celebrating just like the rest of you,but it just wasn't meant to be. We will get our shot,but it all starts with some continuity in the FO and then some killer execution by our players.
Pholdid
04/01/10
5:08 pm ET
im so sick of people crying about eagles fans complaining. whats the difference between the 90's and now? NOTHING!!!!!!!!! we still have the same amount of super bowl wins. in the NFL if you dont win the super bowl then the season was a bust! who cares if we go to the playoffs every year. id rather lose all year and not get my hopes up other then being good and getting so upset when we blow it AGAIN!
reundoer
04/01/10
4:54 pm ET
I'd rather be disappointed in the playoffs than looking at the draft for next year at game 6. FO definitely handle the Eagles as a business and they would rather us be successful every year to keep the bleechers filled. I do wish they had a bit more killer instict as far as signing a Peppers or kicking MM to the curb.
Mar99
04/01/10
4:40 pm ET
At least we are in a position to be disappointed in the playoffs and a lot of that is FO work.
weapnX26
04/01/10
4:29 pm ET
We are grateful but you get tired of being disappointed year after year after year
jtre1212
04/01/10
4:26 pm ET
@weaponX using you logic you would rather be like the lions and win 2 or 3 games instead of 10 or 11 and lose in the playoffs b/c its Superbowl or bust?? hes not saying that we all don't want us to win a Superbowl. that is obviously the #1 goal. but fans seem to forget how fortunate we've been to have a team that has a chance every year. there are very few teams that can say that
weapnX26
04/01/10
4:24 pm ET
Wow James Good show !!!!!
james.song83@...
04/01/10
4:20 pm ET
@wes. shut your mouth. you're not a true fan. true eagle fans would sacrifice 15 years of losing seasons for just 1 super bowl win since WE'VE NEVER HAD ONE. reid has had 11 years to win a super bowl and nothing. banner has had 15 years to win a super bowl and nothing. and BOTH GET CONTRACT EXTENSIONS? this organization has no sense of accountability...instead they're throwing the starting QB under the bus. its no wonder brian dawkins didnt give the eagles front office a chance to match denvers offer.
jtre1212
04/01/10
4:18 pm ET
wes i agree with you 100% some fans take for granted how good we have been for the last decade
weapnX26
04/01/10
4:16 pm ET
WES Yeah we care about a SUPERBOWL because thats the only thing that seperates us from the great teams. Weve been to the playoffs Nfc Championships. Weve had division titles home field advantage pro bowl players.... Whats left ???? What else is there for us to do but win the BIG ONE......What kinda eagles fan are you for criticizing us for wanting a SUPER BOWL....Wes i think most fans would agree with me when i say at this point its SUPER BOWL OR BUST !!!! Dude your comment was a waste of typing
wes@...
04/01/10
4:05 pm ET
Right right, because you guys are experts and the Eagles have been SOOO horrible for the past 15 years! Did you even see the stats? obviously Joe contributed to the success this team has had. Oh yeah, I forgot, Eagles fans apparently care ONLY about a SuperBowl win, being successful and in a position to get there EVERY year isn't enough. Man, what Browns, Lions, Bucs, and Rams fans would do to have a team like ours! But instead, our fans will just keep ****ing about us winning. Sometimes it is hard to be an Eagles fan when I'm surrounded by "fans" like you guys.
Pholdid
04/01/10
3:56 pm ET
Extended Joe Banner??????????? are you kidding me???? that guy is horrible!! he doesnt know his a** from his elbow when it comes to football and talent.
AOne13@...
04/01/10
3:55 pm ET
Really? So you never learn anything as an organization? Great.



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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