Andy Reid admits he focused too much on personnel, drifted away from coaching in Philly

Andy Reid admits he focused too much on personnel, drifted away from coaching in Philly

There wasn’t much in the way of parting words when Andy Reid was finally dismissed as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. After 14 seasons without a Lombardi Trophy, what was left to say? Reid was fired, and less than a week later he had landed on his feet with the Kansas City Chiefs. Even Big Red probably didn’t have much of an opportunity to reflect.

Now that he’s settled into his new digs though, I gather Reid may have a little more time on his hands this offseason. He spoke at an NFL Career Development Symposium in Philly over the weekend, which the Inquirer’s Zach Berman attended. There, Reid opened up about why he thinks things went downhill at his previous place of employment.

"About a year ago, I found out what I wasn't good at because [I was] out the door," said Reid, now the Kansas City Chiefs coach. "I went back, and I looked at it, and . . . I drifted away from the thing I love doing most, and that was coaching."

"I took [myself] completely out, dealt more with personnel . . . stopped calling the plays, all those things," Reid said.

According to Berman, Reid says he’s focused more of his attention on the ground in Kansas City rather than acting as the be-all and end-all on football decisions.

From an outsider’s perspective, it’s difficult to argue with Reid’s self-assessment. The final years of his Eagles tenure were marred by terrible personnel decisions, especially during the fatal 2011 offseason. Not only was it a lost draft class that produced just one quality player out of 11 selections (center Jason Kelce in the sixth round), but that was also the summer of the free-agent spending spree that spawned a “Dream Team” culture in the locker room.

Even though Reid almost always took the blame for everything bad that happened—“I’ve gotta do a better job”—some of his explanations here felt like a breath of fresh air. It doesn’t change what happened, but at least he is able to admit his shortcomings.

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Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

The magician himself needed help on this one.

His bow tie.

Hey, this is what teammates are for, right?

On Monday night, Eagles longsnapper and NBC's America's Got Talent star Jon Dorenbos emceed safety Malcolm Jenkins' third annual Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event, which raises money for Philadelphia's youth and underserved communities.

Dorenbos, quite the wizard with his hands and card tricks, couldn't solve the bow tie.

“I had no clue,” Dorenbos said in an interview with CSN's John Clark. "In fact, this is the first bow tie I’ve ever worn.”

Jenkins had his back. Watch the Eagles' leader go to work and save Dorenbos in the video above.