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Sean McCann
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Sean McCann

Former Philadelphia Eagles beat writer for Gannett

Banner Lunacy

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Every now and again, Joe Banner has an Al Davis moment. Don't be alarmed. It's a natural part of the aging process for an NFL executive, and as these lapses go, Banner's was mild.

The Eagles president has made the critical error of believing in Philadelphia's players. His reasoning goes like this: The Eagles' plan is to be "the best"; the offseason went according to the Plan; therefore, the Eagles are "the best".

There are still too many questions for such certitude.

Brian Westbrook is about to fall off that cliff that older running backs do, the Andrews brothers are working new positions on the offensive line, and Jeremy Maclin hasn't even signed yet.

The defense looks good on paper, but the loss of Brian Dawkins affects the entire team. Who's going to lead? Even Donovan McNabb's most avid supporters know his authority in the locker room is flimsy.

So Banner's proclamation is premature at best. But if not the Eagles, then who?

The defending champion Steelers are a decent place to start. Pittsburgh didn't lose that much. Also, there's New England. The Patriots missed the playoffs last year, but they have since welcomed back a man named Brady, plus they've made bold moves on defense toward speed and youth.

Banner's lunacy is forgivable, perhaps, but it is still lunacy.

By Sean McCann  |  July 27, 2009; 12:31 PM ET  | Category:  NFL , Philadelphia Eagles , Pittsburgh Steelers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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