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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.

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50 Responses to “Heath Evans clumsily backtracks from Chip Kelly criticism”
  1. thealmightybigblue says: Jan 25, 2014 11:21 PM

    He’s meh.but he’s no Tom coughlin.#Giantshavebestcoaches #Hof

  2. sikoix says: Jan 25, 2014 11:22 PM

    I hate seeing and hearing this guy on TV. I feel like he’d still rub me the wrong way even if he, by chance, said something I agreed with.

  3. eaglesfanintx says: Jan 25, 2014 11:28 PM

    Heath Who?

  4. rainmaker1982 says: Jan 25, 2014 11:29 PM

    I like Heath, but come on. And it’s laughable how people are questioning him after only one year. Plenty of coaches have done well their first year, only to be fired a few years later. Year 2 will be a big test to see if his offense can hang in the NFL.

  5. hess97 says: Jan 25, 2014 11:30 PM

    Not the sharpest tool in the box. Somebody at NFL network, please pull the plug on this fool. Can’t take any more of this clown talking out his rear.

  6. threedeep1998 says: Jan 25, 2014 11:33 PM

    His analysis is generally on lines of “no kidding, Sherlock”.

  7. gloryfromheaven46 says: Jan 25, 2014 11:37 PM

    Yeah, never was a fan of Heath Evans as an analyst.

  8. cmtill14 says: Jan 25, 2014 11:41 PM

    Nobody can be as bad as Emmitt Smith. He blowed up in ESPN’s face.

  9. gohomeweeden says: Jan 25, 2014 11:42 PM

    Just own up to it and say you were wrong. Don’t be a coward about it.

  10. doe22us says: Jan 25, 2014 11:44 PM

    His explanation is a bunch of crap just like the Hawks, just eat your big pile of crow and admit you were wrong. Personally, i had my doubts on Chip, shows how much i know :)

  11. numberoneinthehoodg says: Jan 26, 2014 12:01 AM

    Heath Evans is no Mike Florio. Heck, he’s no Joe buck. Thankfully we have Keyshaun Johnson. U all suck. Except Florio, cause this is his site.

  12. nfl4days says: Jan 26, 2014 12:02 AM

    Heath Evans is the second worst person on NFLN right after Jamie dukes. Saying this as a saints fan, he had next to nothing to do with the the 09 season, yet he acts like he had a bigger role than drew brees. He played in like 5 or 6 games and landed on season ending IR.

  13. bgibson8708 says: Jan 26, 2014 12:03 AM

    How does this guy have an talking analyst job anyway. He’s a nobody. Mediocre fullback all his career. No one cares what he thinks but he seems to have a strong opinion on everything.

  14. chawk12thman says: Jan 26, 2014 12:06 AM

    Again; that second time was also not his fault as he was just reading from a teleprompter.

  15. ahs2 says: Jan 26, 2014 12:14 AM

    It must be nice to not have to be accountable in the workplace!

  16. parasolmonster says: Jan 26, 2014 12:17 AM

    Pretty pathetic way to backtrack and try to save grace. Would have been better to just own up to his comments and admit he was wrong.

  17. xxakshunxx says: Jan 26, 2014 12:20 AM

    and journalists and media members are always crying about the fans complaining about them and heres your reason why…

  18. madman731 says: Jan 26, 2014 12:23 AM

    Look he ended up being wrong. It happens. But to not admit you were wrong and blame someone else? That’s awful.

    BTW I’ll admit that I didn’t think the Eagles would do this well under Kelly. That’s only because I was thinking about the QB situation, which became resolved in Kelly’s favor with Nick Foles playing exceptionally well.

    That said maybe long term Kelly doesn’t work out. However the Eagles choose a coach with a proven track record of winning, which sounds smart to me.

  19. walker615 says: Jan 26, 2014 12:25 AM

    What a coward. There are certain times when a person’s actions speak particularly about the persons character, and this was one for Evans. Analysts are going to be wrong sometimes (and unfortunately, many seem to be wrong all the time..) but you own up to it and move on.

  20. ronniemundsmambo says: Jan 26, 2014 12:30 AM

    Rough week for him and his teammate the Pick Magnet. NFLN better scramble some new third tier talent.

  21. ttommytom says: Jan 26, 2014 12:35 AM

    Some people just cannot ever admit to being wrong.

    Those people have very few friends.

    Humility can be quite admirable but some people are just tools…

  22. bobl242 says: Jan 26, 2014 12:53 AM

    He could always blame it on concussions.

  23. hurricanegrabowski says: Jan 26, 2014 1:05 AM

    Not sure what sexual act he is trying to replicate with his hand in the picture there but I’m pretty sure he’s doing it wrong.

  24. Savage Lizard says: Jan 26, 2014 1:08 AM

    Heath Evans is EASILY one of the five worst analysts on TV. He is just brutal to watch most of the time.

  25. vusnu says: Jan 26, 2014 1:12 AM

    I don’t know how this guy got a job as an analyst with the NFLN to begin with. Maybe he’s the token clown – the guy they want on TV so the viewers can laugh and jeer at him. Kind of like a Merrill Hoge type.

  26. Big Blue On You says: Jan 26, 2014 1:12 AM

    Are you sure Heath never played for the Seahawks? That dude was so juiced up last year that he looks down right skinny this year in comparison.

  27. nawlinsmitty says: Jan 26, 2014 1:24 AM

    One of many horrible analysts. Just because you played the game at a professional level does not qualify you to talk about it on TV. We as viewers see it every week during the season. Deion, Michael, Matt (Millan), etc.

  28. 1509lucky says: Jan 26, 2014 1:25 AM

    Not just Eagle fans think that. The Guy is a moron!

  29. magbastard says: Jan 26, 2014 1:33 AM

    You know, the NFL owns the network. Why do they keep hiring idiots? I guess we will be seeing more of Shawn Merriman. Great. Ever try to watch the highlight show with Deon and Irvin? I tried, and failed. Every sunday.

  30. theRed says: Jan 26, 2014 1:39 AM

    So essentially the excuse is “Someone else’s dog ate my homework”. Hookay…

  31. vbe2 says: Jan 26, 2014 1:45 AM

    He’s a meathead and a key reason that I don’t watch NFLN anymore.

    Fire his sorry excuse for an analyst and I MIGHT come back.

  32. couldntthinkofaname says: Jan 26, 2014 1:54 AM

    Or he could have just said something like, “I was wrong, and Kelly proved that I was wrong this year. Let’s see how next year goes.”

    Or not.

  33. johnnyoclock says: Jan 26, 2014 2:01 AM

    As someone who is a frequent critic of this tin can called a web site, I do like to be honest, and in all honesty this is great post because it’s simply true; and more importantly, when you take out the specifics (Kelly, Eagles) the general idea of “what is journalism” needs to be addressed.

    It is in fact an important story to everyone else who is not an Eagles fan because it’s about quality of NFL journalsim right now. Which is at an all-time low, for many reasons and the latest one being, the “Who was talking about you?” journalistic brilliance of Erin Andrews.

    How many stories can be told leading to the Super Bowl, the culmination of young guys’ dreams, the personal stories of making something of yourself, the stories of chess-playing strategy, a vicious defense vs the ultimate qb brain, and on and on and on.

    And all those are out the window because…. yet another loudmouth mouthed off and and a reporter lost for ideas just ran with that nonsense and egged it on. Worse, sports anchors with equally no mind followed like sheep. Are you listening NFL network morning show or are you too busy laughing at your own jokes.

    The Heath Evans idiocy and failing backtracking is evdence of a problem that began way before the Sherman/Andrews collective idiocy.

    Great article, Kempski is actually the one who should be considered for the Pulitzer for real digging and research and conclusion. But Andrews probably will get an award instead.

    And absolutley credit Florio for now making the subject national.

    It’s about a greater topic than Evans’ idiocy; this is a symptom and example of something bigger.

  34. uncletuna says: Jan 26, 2014 2:01 AM

    There are few analysts hires that are good; and they usually don’t stick around because they don’t suck up to the politically correct direction of the major sports networks and media markets…

  35. rodeoclownclint24 says: Jan 26, 2014 2:02 AM

    Bahaha. Hes a scrub… And ridiculous

  36. folkcrusader says: Jan 26, 2014 2:05 AM

    Yeah, sports site quotes him completely out of context and he is clumsy.

  37. dolphins4 says: Jan 26, 2014 4:32 AM

    Who is Heath Evans?

  38. favresweiner says: Jan 26, 2014 4:52 AM

    Has anybody else noticed that Heath starts every sentence with “When you talk about……” It drives me crazy.

  39. leshon42 says: Jan 26, 2014 5:15 AM

    one to many knocks on his noggin dude is clueless on football stuff

  40. NJ49er says: Jan 26, 2014 5:21 AM

    Mike do we really care what Heath Evans has to say?
    About anything?
    He’s a Patriot and Saints Homer.

  41. dynastyposeiden says: Jan 26, 2014 6:13 AM

    So what is the big deal he is hired and paid to give analysis and opinions about pro football and he missed his guess. It happens. Why not run a column about all the outlandish stuff that peter king espouses and point out how wrong he is and how often.

  42. puckthefatriots says: Jan 26, 2014 6:20 AM

    The mute button on my remote control was created for guys like Heath Evans.

  43. onbucky96 says: Jan 26, 2014 6:40 AM

    He’s no Troy Aikman. Seriously, how is this hillbilly still on Fox’s #1 broadcast team?

  44. chipbeastkelly says: Jan 26, 2014 6:40 AM

    I expose ignorant people. It’s what I do. This includes those who may negatively comment on this comment.

  45. rainsarge says: Jan 26, 2014 6:47 AM

    Why not just admit you were way off? It’s more embarrassing to try to figure out how you were right.

  46. officialgame says: Jan 26, 2014 9:53 AM

    I remember a lot of people including fans and media saying Kelly would fail. Guess not.

  47. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 26, 2014 1:15 PM

    So the things he does get right were unedited by anybody else, and anything that doesn’t fit with his story was somebody else adjusting the story ever so slightly to taint it but not enough for him to take credit for it if there’s credit for the taking available. Sounds like NFL Front Office material.

  48. rajbais says: Jan 26, 2014 3:08 PM

    Again, why as an analyst he is not that great. Just because he talks for way too long it doesn’t mean that he knows what he’s talking about. He is not a good researcher and doesn’t look at both sides of the subject matter either.

    Also he kisses the ass of Randy Moss too much.

  49. djshnooks says: Jan 26, 2014 3:48 PM

    He is terrible.

    Nobody I despise more.

  50. hornyak2012 says: Jan 26, 2014 7:46 PM

    Heath Evans is a horrible analyst… He’s about as arrogant as Jim Schwartz!

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