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A few NFL writers/analysts eating their words on Chip Kelly and the Eagles

Dec 30, 2013, 12:49 AM EDT

source: AP

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly looks on from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

It’s the job of a writer or analyst — whether in print, on TV or this newfangled interweb thingy — to make bold statements. We’ve done it here at The Level, and we’ve been wrong sometimes, too.

But with the Eagles going worst to first after Sunday night’s win over the Dallas Cowboys, we thought we’d have a little fun with those who HATED the hiring of Chip Kelly less than one year ago.

  • ESPN NFL analyst — and former Eagles writer for the Inquirer — Ashley Fox, 363 days ago, with bonus points for collaboration from former Eagle Hugh Douglas:

  • NFL “Media Analyst” and former NFL fullback Heath Evans, from Jan. 16, 2013, complete with full column explaining just how bad a hire Kelly is:

  • ESPN analyst Michael Smith, combined with some rapper named Wale who I guess I should know since he has 3.4 million Twitter followers (?!?!)

  •’s Gregg Rosenthal – extra special tonight, as the dumpster fire that is the Cleveland Browns fired Chudzinski during the Eagles game:

  • Bleacher Report NFL writer Andrea Hangst, also on the Eagles/Browns comparison:

  • And of course, last but CERTAINLY not least, the one and only, Howard Eskin:

  1. Marvin Monroe - Dec 30, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Here’s how I feel.

  2. BenE. - Dec 30, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Arians would have been a good hire, too, so I won’t jump on Eskin for once. But this is what happens when you give every wannabe analyst a smartphone and a Twitter account: they all want to be the first to call someone a bust.

    Newsflash to all the Chip Kelly haters — Chip Kelly beat your favorite team and made your mom’s panties wet in the process so f*** off!

    • Cuban - Dec 30, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      Agreed. Arians won 10 games with Carson Palmer in the toughest division. I don’t doubt for a second that he could’ve matched Chips record here, at least. They might not have bothered bringing Vick back either, which probably would’ve helped in the W-L department.

      Please don’t take this post as me being forlorn either, I love me some Chip Kelly. There’s only one gripe I have, and that’s the loyalty to some of his former Ducks. *cough*Chung*cough*

  3. lahoe819 - Dec 30, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    How about the one that said the eagles or chip Kelly were the biggest disappointment in the entire NFL back around week 6?

    • Matt S. - Dec 30, 2013 at 1:33 AM

      Just beat me to it that was Phil Simms. Ex Giant go figure.

    • Scott B - Dec 30, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      Well weren’t they a huge disappointment around Week 6? Guess that’s why we play an entire season.

  4. Matt S. - Dec 30, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Time to crow up Phil “Bottom 5 offense” Simms.

  5. yishmeister - Dec 30, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    The tweets displayed in this article and reactions from nearly 90% of analysts tells me two things:

    1) These morons really don’t watch college football.
    2) Some of us should have tried harder to get a job at ESPN/CBS/Fox

  6. 2sentz - Dec 30, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    I wanna see Fakewipcaller continue to rag on Cary Williams. That worked out well.

  7. willh888 - Dec 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    hey everyone look, Heath Evans is on the record.

  8. Trotter54 - Dec 30, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    It was Peter King that called us the biggest disappointment of the season. I think Simms said the offense was one of worst in NFL.

    • willh888 - Dec 30, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      Simms ranked the birds the 3rd worst offense in the league. In the article he says:

      “I’m not gonna lie. I have not watched the Eagles on the coaches tape or anything else”

      Oh Phil

    • lahoe819 - Dec 30, 2013 at 7:29 PM

      Right peter king. What a know it all, huh? Is he a regular guest on PTI during football season?

  9. duffman - Dec 30, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    who is steve moore?

  10. David - Dec 30, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Fox has a column on ESPN that’s basically 1500 words of “I was wrong about Chip Kelly,” so credit to her for that.


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