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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Nerlens Noel on Sixers' frontcourt logjam: 'I don't see a way it can work'

Nerlens Noel on Sixers' frontcourt logjam: 'I don't see a way it can work'

CAMDEN, N.J. — Nerlens Noel is standing his ground.

After saying that the Sixers' entering the season with three starting-caliber centers (himself, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid) "doesn't make sense," Noel didn't back down from his stance during the team's annual media day.  

"I don't see a way it can work," Noel said Monday. "It's just a logjam. You have three young, talented centers that can play 30-plus minutes a night." 

The Sixers attempted to play with two bigs in Noel and Okafor last season but had little success. Now that Embiid is finally healthy, the fit to the puzzle doesn't figure to get any better.

Reports swirled during the offseason that the Sixers were looking to trade either Noel or Okafor to add backcourt help to the woeful franchise, but nothing came to fruition.

"Things need to get situated," Noel said. "I think things obviously need to be moved around, someone needs to be moved around. It's just a tough situation. I can't really say too much because I have no say in the matter, so obviously that's for who can handle the situation in the right manner.

"I've gone through a whole lot. Probably the most, arguably, that any player has gone through in the NBA in losing. It's a tough situation to still be in. Year by year, to see things get more difficult to show your value. Year by year, it's always been something. It's really at a point where it's just a lot."

Bryan Colangelo said he understands Noel's viewpoint. However, the Sixers' president said he is in no rush to trade any of the centers and will wait the situation out.

"It’s not disappointing. It’s understandable," Colangelo said. "I think Nerlens actually did a pretty good job sizing up what we have, which is a lot of depth and a lot of talent at that position."

Despite each of the three centers being early in their career, Noel, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, doesn't want to hold off to see if the trio can actually mesh on the floor.

"I can't say I do really understand that (wait-and-see approach)," Noel said. "If you have a group of players, I just don't think it makes too much sense to just still come into the season with such a heavy lineup at the center position. I don't know what there is to wait and see."

Noel made sure to express that he has no issues with Okafor and Embiid and said they are some of his closest friends on the team. But when asked whether he was happy to be a Sixer, Noel deflected.

"I feel good," he said. "I'm all right, I'm in a good place right now."

Sure sounds like it.

Darren Sproles' TD from Wentz set to Sonic the Hedgehog music

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Darren Sproles' TD from Wentz set to Sonic the Hedgehog music

You may fondly remember the time Darren Sproles took a punt return to the house last season and a wonderful Twitter user set the video to the Super Mario Bros.' star music, yes?

It was great.

Now that Sproles' put on the jets again yesterday in the Eagles win over the Steelers, the same @pacdude on Twitter has done it again.

This time it's the theme music from Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Please enjoy.