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Heath Evans: Eagles hire of Chip Kelly could be NFLs worst ever

Jan 16, 2013, 3:42 PM EDT

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Those are some strong words by former NFL fullback Heath
Evans, now an analyst for NFL Network. I mean, Chip Kelly could be the worst
head coach ever? The bar is already pretty low.

That’s Evans’ story, and he’s sticking to it. The 11-year
veteran took to NFL.com to bash the hiring, his argument boiling down to three
simple points.

1. No recruiting advantage

2. Out-coached by Stanford

3. QBs exposed to injuries

He goes on to explain each, but it’s a fairly paper-thin
case if you ask me. After all, it’s not like Oregon is churning out top-10
recruiting classes year after year, or that Stanford isn’t a well-coached
Pac-12 powerhouse themselves. I’m not convinced Kelly will utilize the
quarterback position exactly the same at the next level, either.

However, I agree there are some legitimate concerns
surrounding Kelly, who is already being likened to a Steve Spurrier. Spurrier
left the University of Florida for the Washington Redskins, where he bottomed
out quickly and spectacularly, one of many coaches from the college ranks that fell on their face in the big leagues.

There are a lot of questions that come with hiring college
coaches with no NFL experience, and whether their schemes will translate is
only the beginning. Chip Kelly now must prove he has the work ethic and can
withstand the scrutiny that comes with the territory.

>> Chip Kelly could be NFL’s worst ever [NFL.com]