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Heath Evans clumsily backtracks from Chip Kelly criticism

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Last year, NFL Network analyst Heath Evans espoused some strong opinions about Eagles coach Chip Kelly, calling it one of the worst hires in pro football history. This year, Evans hopes to back away from those opinions.

And he’s doing so. Clumsily.

Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com has the story.

Evans recently appeared on WIP radio in Philly to explain himself, and in so doing he publicly called out his superiors.

“Let me go on record with this,” Evans said regarding his column criticizing the Chip Kelly hire. “That was written for the Cleveland Browns, and our editors at the NFL Network just flipped the name of the team once he was the surprise hire of Philly, and posted that without my liking. When you look at the talent pool in Cleveland, and you look at the talent pool in Philly, you’re thinking, ‘This would be disastrous.’ 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 NFL Network, but that’s how that whole thing went down.”

He may not want to throw anyone under the bus at NFL Network, but Evans nevertheless did.

And Evans didn’t do it very smoothly. As Kempski points out, Evans offered the same criticisms of the Kelly hire on the air after he was hired by the Eagles that were contained in an article written about Kelly being hired by the Browns.

It’s enough to make some Eagles fans strongly believe that Evans is one of the worst analyst hires in pro football history.