We had no idea this happened, but Heath Evans of the NFL Network wrote an article last year titled, “Philadelphia Eagles’ hire of Chip Kelly could be NFL’s worst ever.”
“Kelly, [like Steve Spurrier], is a dynamic college head coach, but what he’s about to bring to the NFL simply won’t work,” Evans wrote at the time.
Now that Evans looks dumb, he had a really poor excuse.
On Friday, Evans was a guest on WIP with Michael Barkann and Ike Reese and blamed his editors for the way the article was written.
“Let me go on record with this, that article I wrote, was written for the Cleveland Browns,” Evans said. “And our editors here at the NFL Network decided to flip the name of the team, once the surprise hire in Philly happened, and posted that without my liking.”
“When you looked at the talent pool in Cleveland, you’re thinking, this would be disastrous,” Evans said. “When you look at the talent pool in Philly, that’s a different story. I don’t want to throw anyone under the bus at the NFL Network, but that’s how that whole thing went down.”
“If that was the truth [that Evans wrote it about the Eagles], then I should eat some crow. But that was just one of those deals where there was an NFL Network mix-up, we’ll call it that.”
Well you just did throw someone under the bus Heath. I also can’t imagine how an editor at a major website like NFL.com would get something so important wrong in an article like that.
Evans did make it clear that he doesn’t know if Kelly will continue to be successful in the future.
“I’m still not sold on the long term validity on what [Kelly is] doing,” Evans said. “I’ll say this, I was surprised more in the good sense about what Chip would bring to the Eagles, than I was surprised about the things that would never work.”
“Long story short, one year of success, I don’t call that succcess,” Evans said. “What success is, you’ve got to build on what you’ve done, so I would still say there’s some flaws, some major flaws, in the protection system. I don’t want to say Chip got away with it this year, I just think we’re going to see just how good this guy really is. Because there’s things you see, you know I sit down with, names of coaches that I respect, and we still think alike in the areas that he still has to grow in the NFL knowledge of the game.”