Aug 8, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly in the first quarter of a game against the Chicago Bears during a preseason game at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Banner calls Chip Kelly a top-five head coach

Despite residing over one the most successful era of Eagles’ football in the team’s over 80 year history, former team-president Joe Banner is still one of the most unlikable figures in Philly sports history. Banner, much like the entire organization during the Andy Reid era, came off as smug, arrogant, and cheap, making his departure from the team in 2012 relatively unsentimental.

Banner went on to work as the Browns’ CEO for two seasons, before being let go prior to this past NFL Draft. Now that he is currently unemployed, Banner appears to be making an attempt to be more personable by joining Twitter.

Banner joined Twitter late last week, and despite not being verified yet, Adam Schefter tweeted this out, meaning it is the real Joe Banner behind the account.

With that in mind, it’s important to know that earlier this week ESPN’s Mike Sando published a list of the league’s top 32 NFL head coaches, where he claims to have polled ‘league insiders’. Chip Kelly came in at 12, which Banner didn’t agree with.


These are facts.

Whether or not I like Banner, I agree with his point. Tom Coughlin has accomplished more in his NFL head coaching career than Kelly likely ever will, but that doesn’t mean I’d rather have Coughlin in 2014 than Kelly. Or going forward. Like Banner said, I don’t need to pay the $7.99 a month for a career achievements list. In fact, I just cancelled my subscription because mock drafts are really the only Insider content that is worth reading.

I would have rather seen a list where so-called Insiders break down who are the best coaches right now, with more of an eye towards the future. I’m not a homer, but the only coaches I can certainly say I’d take over Kelly are Bill Belichick, Pete Carroll, Sean Payton (he badly out-coached Kelly in the playoffs last year), and Jim Harbaugh. Andy Reid was the greatest coach in Eagles’ history, but I never got the feeling that I was watching an offensive genius and someone who was changing the game coach. I get that feeling with Kelly, and apparently so does Joe Banner.

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