Chip Kelly on DeSean Jackson’s release: “purely a football decision”

Chip Kelly on DeSean Jackson’s release: “purely a football decision”

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It took exactly one month to the day after DeSean Jackson’s release, but Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly finally addressed the organization’s decision to part ways with the three-time Pro Bowler.

Working at the Eagles Youth Partnership’s annual playground build, Kelly denied reports of clashes with the prima donna wide receiver, or that alleged gang ties had anything to do with Jackson’s departure. Nor, apparently, was the decision related to the over $30 million that was owed over the next three seasons, or the 27-year-old’s stated desire to renegotiate that contract.

It was all about the 82 receptions, 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns Jackson posted in 2013, his first season in Kelly’s offense.

No sir, you don’t want that. Talk about a distraction!

Kelly also told reporters the Eagles had zero trade offers for Jackson.

Honestly, this is precisely why it never mattered in the first place whether the organization spoke more in depth about Jackson’s controversial exit. Until now, the Eagles offered only this 25-word statement.

After careful consideration during this off-season, the Philadelphia Eagles have decided to part ways with DeSean Jackson. The team informed him of his release today.

Some fans and members of the media have been in distress over the lack of explanation for the bizarre move. The same people who were already upset will undoubtedly be annoyed by Kelly’s less than truthful answers here.

The reality is the team is taking the higher road by not airing their dirty laundry with a former player. If you still desperately need to know the exact reason, my suggestion is you pick any two or three of Jackson’s documented negative attributes—cost, tardiness, attitude, off-field—and just go with that.

Because the one thing we can safely rule out is this decision had next to nothing to do with football.

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."

Temple picked to finish 6th in AAC preseason poll

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Temple picked to finish 6th in AAC preseason poll

This is starting to become a trend. One Temple hopes to continue to prove wrong.

For the third straight year, Temple was chosen to finish sixth in the American Athletic Conference preseason poll. The poll, which was released on Monday, is voted on by the conference's head coaches.

Also selected to finish sixth last season, the Owls posted a 21-12 overall record and a 14-4 mark in the AAC to reach the NCAA Tournament. In 2014-15, TU tied for third in the AAC with a 13-5 record and was one of the last teams left out of the Big Dance.

Cincinnati was tabbed to win the American title in the poll, just ahead of UConn.

Temple, who returns three starters from last season's team, opens the 2016-17 campaign against city rival La Salle at the Liacouras Center on Nov. 11.