Pretty standard fare on offer in today's state-of-the-team address from Eagles president Joe Banner. The obvious driver for the appearance was the recently passed trade deadline, and the Eagles' lack of moves thereabouts. I suspect that Mr. Banner was interested in offering the organization's marketing message directly to the customers in re: said customers' ongoing perceptions that the Eagles aren't aggressive enough on deals. Otherwise, why would he bother? He's actually in charge down there; the NFL doesn't mandate that he speak to the fans -- this is all him.
As a result, we got the standard volley of cliches ("We think we're always aggressive"), and insistence that the Eagles are always trying to improve the team, though not in a reckless manner ("If 'going for it" means we do something stupid, then I hope no"). Good on Spuds for trying to sniff out who might be in line for an extension: the young DTs, the maligned tight end, the veteran free safety, who? Banner of course gave him nothing, which was a bit of a disappointment. I wish I had more of an understanding of how the Eagles' front office views the potential unraveling of the CBA? Peter King (I can't believe I'm typing this) actually had a very good take on the Cowboys' view on this matter in his column this week.
If there was anything juicy in Banner's interview, it was his take on the Cowboys. While he admitted that he roots for all the teams in the division (and conference) to lose, he had some special words for the Cowboys' loss to the Rams, damning with faint praise by explaining that he doesn't "know what's going on with the Cowboys, but they're very talented." And when asked about the Roy Williams trade, he was a bit more candid:
"They paid a lot....I wouldn't pay that much for a player like that....I remember that they traded two first-round picks for Joey Galloway, and they haven't won a playoff game in 12 years."
Look at that! Joe Banner talking smack about no-playoff-wins-since-1996! Is he secretly posting on message boards as well?