Eagles employees officially learned Joe Banner stepped aside in an email
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This follows reports in Delcotimes.com that Banner had stepped aside and Andy Reid, the head coach/vice president of football operations, was back firmly in control of football operations.
The Eagles confirmed through football media relations director Derek Boyko that Don Smolenski, formerly COO, succeeded Banner as president.
Boyko revealed Eagles employees were sent an email at 5:28 am announcing the changes and a news conference to address the matter at 2:30 p.m. today.
Evidence of the change in leadership has been apparent for months.
Embattled defensive coordinator Juan Castillo is back, proof that Reid flexed his muscles with the power he has over his staff. A source said Reid was preparing an exit strategy in case the Eagles let him go following the 8-8 season.
The often contentious renegotiations with veteran players that were part of the Banner era have all but ended, the team making DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy happy with long-term deals. Several other vets were rewarded as well.
Reid sat in with Roseman during negotiations with McCoy's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, to make sure that deal got done. Rosenhaus was floored by Reid's involvement, unprecedented in his numerous dealings with the Eagles.
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