Dawkins Speaks Out On BannerBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Saturday, June 9th, 2012
Earlier this week, Dawkins gave his thoughts about why Andy Reid should be on the hot seat this season, and the former Pro Bowler had some tough words regarding Reid’s status. Certainly fair, but a little tough nonetheless. However, BDawk has never been one to mince words and has always spoken from the heart.
Then, after the news about Joe Banner no longer being the Eagles’ team president, Dawkins again wasn’t afraid to voice his opinion.
He spoke with Mike Missanelli on 97.5 The Fanatic and offered his thoughts on whether Banner leaving was in the best interest of the team (quotes provided by Sheil Kapadia over at Moving the Chains)
First, Dawkins answered “Yes” when asked if parting ways with Banner is the best thing for the Eagles as an organization, and then elaborated further.
“I just think that the way things have been done for so long there, and we did have some success, but the way that some of the guys that are in house had to always scrap, fight and do different things in order to just get a deal, it kind of wears on guys,” Dawkins said.
“And that was really the philosophy of this team, the way that they did things. I’m not saying that it’s going to change 100 percent going forward. The thing that I would love to see is guys in house be able to be kept.
That was one of the things that always kind of frustrated me as a player, that guys who are in house and doing everything they can to improve the team are let go pretty easily, and then you go out and pay big bucks for free agents coming in.”
“When you feel like every guy that you see on your team constantly has to go through the same ringer and have the same conversations and have the same type of dealings that you have, it’s a frustrating thing,” Dawkins said.
On how Banner could have done things differently (sounds like he was talking about what it was like at the negotiating table).
“The thing for me is just it was really a lot of conceding,” Dawkins said. “It was always in my opinion the player needed to concede or back down off of his stance on where he wants to be. I don’t know if it was always a 50/50 thing, maybe a 70/30 where the player has to give this much back, or not want this much back, and then the organization says this is not a fair deal. I just know that certain situations and certain things could have been handled differently, and there would have been a completely different feeling about doing business in Philadelphia.”
“Sometimes when a coach tries to make decisions on what he wants and he has to go through three different people to get that guy, that’s a tough, tough position to be in,” Dawkins said
“However many of the middle men that you can get out is always a better thing for a coach.”
Dawkins obviously has first-hand experience in dealing with the Eagles under the Joe Banner approach.
After some contentious contract negotiations (during which it appeared that Banner didn’t want to make any of the aforementioned concessions), the most beloved player in team history bolted for Denver to sign a five-year deal that included just $7.2 million in guaranteed money.
So, it comes as no surprise that Dawkins maybe harbors a little resentment for the former bean-counter in Philly. After all, he wanted to stay to play out his career in Philly and the fans definitely wanted him here.
But alas, Banner had set a value for him and wouldn’t budge from that number no matter what.
With that said, when Banner was asked about any regrets he had during his tenure as team president, he took the time to point out the Brian Dawkins situation.
In doing so, he didn’t really admit any fault in the issue, just that he regretted giving off the impression that the team didn’t “appreciate and cherish him” as much as they actually did.
What he should have said was that, in retrospect, he should have conceded a little more to Dawkins just to keep the Philly icon around to finish out his career. At the end of the day, there was minimal difference from what Denver offered him.
It basically came down to Dawkins feeling disrespected, which led him to sign with Denver for more years, and what was ultimately only slightly more money. In other words, the problem could have been easily solved with a little more give-and-take.
Ultimately, Dawkins is one of only two players that the Eagles “allowed to leave” that I wholeheartedly did not agree with (the other was Jeremiah Trotter, the first time). The rest of the veterans that left after long tenures I could rationalize and didn’t mean to Philadelphia what Dawkins meant.
It’s good to have BDawk around again and speaking his mind. He’s a passionate person, and has no problem telling it like it is. It’s always interesting to hear what former players have to say about the team once they’ve retired.
Once can only imagine what will come out of Donovan McNabb’s mouth once he decides to hang it up.
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