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Posted at 1:17 PM ET, 02/17/2011

Eagles president on McNabb, Shanahan

By Dan Steinberg

Eagles President Joe Banner did an hour in-studio with Philadelphia sports-talk station WIP earlier this week, and there were at least two Redskins moments. One game during the listener interaction portion of the interview, when a caller -- a self-described Eagles and Andy Reid fan who also remained a Donovan McNabb fan last year -- asked Banner about Washington's treatment of McNabb.

"Well, I know Donovan, and I like and care for Donovan," Banner said. "So I felt there were some moments there that, frankly, I felt really uncomfortable with. I mean, I don't really want to be in the position of bashing the Redskins. And there's obviously a lot you don't know when you're not on the inside. But he's been in this league a long time, he's a really good guy, he's given himself -- here and in Washington -- to the community. And there were just moments there that you just kind of cringed a little bit. You felt for him in how the whole thing was handled."

Now, I sort of agree that there were some cringeworthy moments last season, especially after the Detroit game. Still, to trade away your veteran quarterback within the division, and then critique the way your division rival handled the traded quarterback requires truly an amazing amount of chutzpah.

Of course, that probably didn't compare to the part when Banner spoke at length about Andy Reid's future in Philly.

"We are determined to win a Super Bowl," Banner said. "And we're actually determined to win more than one. As long as we believe that Andy Reid is the person out there...that gives us the best shot of doing that, he'll be the head coach. If we ever reached a point where we didn't think he could achieve that, then we would be making a change to get someone we thought could....

"For me, the fact that he hasn't done it yet isn't proof that he can't or won't. You know, you wish he had, and sometimes it's baffling that he hasn't, but I sit here very confident that he is a person capable of leading this team, making decisions, and winning a Super Bowl; in fact, multiple Super Bowls. I'm shocked it hasn't happened yet....

"And I feel very confident that he has that capability, and I don't see anyone out there that has been available at any time that I would have had any more confidence in. I mean, a year ago everyone was saying, Oh, Mike Shanahan, he won two Super Bowls. Well, now he's down in Washington, and if you could trade Andy Reid for Mike Shanahan, I don't know anybody that wouldn't keep Andy Reid. So I'm not caught up in that hysteria."

By Dan Steinberg  | February 17, 2011; 1:17 PM ET
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Comments

Shannahans record his first year in DC, trumps Reids first year in Philly. Banner should shut his trap

Posted by: JDB1 | February 17, 2011 1:26 PM | Report abuse

If you ask me, and I know you didn't but you should because I know. He will not be winning any Super Bowls with Vick at QB. Sure he has the athleticism but does not have the fortitude... the globes if you will.

Posted by: iubiquity | February 17, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Andy Reid puts his Eagles Super Bowl ring next to his Father of Year trophies.

Posted by: Parlett316 | February 17, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse

First guy in a long time to talk like the teams really are rivals. Thank heavens.

Posted by: WorstSeat | February 17, 2011 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Rather work for Jeff Lurie than for the midget, Snyder.

Posted by: vmrg1974 | February 17, 2011 3:33 PM | Report abuse

When you say "o trade away your veteran quarterback within the division, and then critique the way your division rival handled the traded quarterback requires truly an amazing amount of chutzpah", you are 100% wrong and sound defensive. Just because the Eagles traded McNabb doesn't mean they want to see him treated poorly like the Redskins did. The Redskins surrounded McNabb with a mediocre team and a poor offensive line. Well, I'm sorry, no quarterback could thrive in that environment. Banner understated the problem if you ask me.

Posted by: clarkesq | February 17, 2011 4:32 PM | Report abuse

"Shannahans record his first year in DC, trumps Reids first year in Philly"

I'm guessing you mean in "stupid decisions per week"?

Shannahan made Zorn look like Vince Lombardi. He proved his entire success in Denver was because of Elway. And in hindsight makes Elway look like the greatest QB of all time to drag Shannahan over the SB line not once, but twice.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | February 17, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Here is something to cringe at -- the team's racist name.

Posted by: jmarks09 | February 17, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

you guys are some blind loyalist. you are so blind you are stupid. the Shanahan era will end no different than that of the prior 4 coaches under Snyder. A bunch of hype and unmet expectations. a bunch of talent wasted and a bunch of talent over paid and/or held on to too long.

Whatever they are doing in Philly at least they understand staying competitive!!! We lcuked up and got 2 division victories last year. one by fluke play (DHall fumble return) the other via injury to Vick. The giants beat us like we should have stayed home. the second Philly game was pure humiliation. the second Dallas game for all the hype for the QB play was a solid victory for Dallas. Dallas just shut it down too early. but we had no chance in that game either. the Redskins area long way off.

Posted by: oknow1 | February 17, 2011 7:11 PM | Report abuse

it's about time that someone in a position of authority in the NFL decides to take a stand or at least comment on the treatment of Donovan by Shannahan and his girly acting son,come-on to have tatoos of another man on ur body as rumor has it with the daughter and the qtrbk he so desperately wants to make a starter here in dc.on the other hand,Donovan deserves the treatment if he won't grow a set and let us know how unhappy he is with the treatment he's receiving.we cannot support him in this fight if he's not gonna take a stand and act like a man.and my last note. i wish this football organization nothing but one loss after another and all the craziness that can come their way until they get rid of that raceist name and stop marginalizing an entire race of people because u can make money from it.this would not happen to jews nor afro-am.,italians or whites.profitting off the dignity of an entire race of people is immoral.the name is offensive and its not for dan snyder to say it isn't.

Posted by: rwhampt | February 17, 2011 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Has any coach won a Super Bowl with two teams? Nope. So I'd rather have Reid in Philly than Shanahan as well. Eagles will ride Reid until he pulls a Cowher or they completely implode and have to rebuild from the ground up again. The days of getting a Gruden in Tampa or Dungy in Indy were back when the Eagles were making the NFC Championship every year, and the Eagles stuck by their man.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | February 17, 2011 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Guess he didnt mind when Reid benched Donovan or traded him inside the division...

Posted by: Hondo5 | February 17, 2011 9:29 PM | Report abuse

As a Philly-born, die-hard Eagles fan who lived in DC for 15+ years, I think Banner's remarks are an unintentional, but no less sad tribute to what the once great Redskins have become...a 10-year punch line to any joke about the NFC East...if the shoe fits, wear it!

Posted by: LibRT | February 17, 2011 11:28 PM | Report abuse

As a Philly-born, die-hard Eagles fan who lived in DC for 15+ years, I think Banner's remarks are an unintentional, but no less sad tribute to what the once great Redskins have become...a 10-year punch line to any joke about the NFC East...if the shoe fits, wear it!

Posted by: LibRT | February 17, 2011 11:29 PM | Report abuse

LibRT,

Is that like the punchline about a franchise who has never won a Super Bowl? Ahhh if only the Skins could be among the ranks of such illustrious teams as the Cardinals, Seahawks, and Bengals.

Posted by: champ82 | February 18, 2011 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Banner should shut his yap. He's had a good 15 year window where the Cowboys & Redskins were putting out straight garbage year after year. Windows shut. Parcells got his rings, Gibbs got his and Jones pocekted 3 rings for himself.

All Reid got is fatter.

Posted by: Scoonie97 | February 18, 2011 10:46 AM | Report abuse

rwhampt;

You come out pretty strongly against racism in regards to the team name, but your post is filled with homophobic and sexist comments.The fact that you use "jews (note lower case from your post) and Afro-Americans"- not the correct term - makes me think you don't really mean what you are saying. You accuse Kyle Shannahan of being "girly acting" and having another man's face tattooed on his body. Since you and I have never seen this alleged tatoo, I am going to assume that if he has it, it is Jesus. You say Donovan needs to "grow a set" and "act like a man" as if being a man is the only way to be honorable or worthy.

So, sexism and homophobia are ok with you, but they better change that racist name!
I am guessing you are having a bad day today because you are all torn up over the anniversary of Dale's death.

Posted by: David90 | February 18, 2011 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Who wouln't cringe at such shabby, unprofessional and stupid treatment given to a player that they (Shanahan & Co.) sought after, traded away valuable draft choices for and considered thier QB future.

Their biggest problem is that he had to conform to their "system." What QB could without a functional Offensive line?

Posted by: 15of18 | February 18, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

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