Heath Evans of NFL Network is the worst. Can that just be the entire article? No? OK then...
Last year Evans wrote one of the dumbest columns of the year, titled "Philadelphia Eagles' hire of Chip Kelly could be NFL's worst ever."
You can bask in its general awfulness here.
Today, he went on WIP with Michael Barkann and Ike Reese and blamed his editors for changes made to that asinine article.
The article itself had three main terrible points:
1) That Chip Kelly wouldn't have the same recruiting advantage in the pros that he had in college.
2) He was outcoached in a game against Stanford.
3) QBs are exposed to injury in his system.
The first point about recruiting advantages was just flat wrong. Rivals.com is a network of websites under the Yahoo umbrella that was started in 1998 and employs over 300 people. Every year, they rank the top 100 high school football recruits in the nation. In Kelly's four years as Oregon’s head coach, Oregon attracted 10 Top 100 high school recruits. That was only the 3rd most in the Pac 12, and far behind USC.
Here's how the Pac 12 teams fared in recruiting Top 50 talents during that same span, according to Rivals.com:
His second point about one loss to Stanford in 2012 was probably worse than the recruiting point. In 2011, Chip Kelly's Ducks hung 53 points on Stanford. In 2010, 52 points. In 2009, 42 points. From 2009-2012, Stanford allowed 40 or more points 6 times. Chip Kelly's Ducks had 3 of them and were the only team to score 50+ against Stanford (they did it twice). But Oregon had one bad offensive outing against Stanford, so Chip Kelly was doomed for failure in the NFL, according to Evans.
The third point about what people perceived Chip Kelly's offense was all about (at the time), and his QBs potentially being exposed to injury was somewhat valid, especially with oft-injured Michael Vick at the helm.
Except... On his radio spot with Mike and Ike, Evans said, "Let me go on record with this... 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."
Apparently the NFL Network also replaced Evans with a robot version of himself and programmed to him to say what they wanted, because after Kelly was hired, Evans was on video (which is embedded right with his horrible article) providing analysis that carries the same tone and sentiments on Kelly as the article itself.
Co-host: "Let's get to this Chip Kelly news (being hired by the Eagles) first. Your reaction to this news..."
Evans: "Um, man, I have some concerns. I wrote an article quick about it and posted it on NFL.com. If he doesn't improvise and adjust a lot of things that he's done at the college level, he's going to be in a lot of trouble, and I mean a lot of trouble. There's just so many holes to this offense, when you transfer it from college to the pros. The one pro style defense they played was Stanford. When Stanford went to Eugene, it was a butt kicking, and I mean a thorough butt kicking... That was one week of preparation with lesser athletes. Tough as nails, smart players, but Oregon's athletes compared to Stanford's athletes, they're not comparable."
Blaming your editors for horrible work is garbage, especially when you're on video basically saying the same exact things you said in your article.
Heath Evans, just stand there in your wrongness and be wrong and get used to it.