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

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

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.

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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]

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Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

Claude Giroux spent Friday signing virtual autographs as the cover athlete for Topps NHL Skate 2017, a new onilne digital trading card game. Remember when trading cards came in a bubble gum pack? 

After the event, Giroux sat down with CSN's Michael Barkann on Philly Sports Talk for a game of “Who Does It Better: Canada or the United States?”

The game started off with a few easy softball questions, with Giroux picking the NFL over the Candian Football League. Then it got a little tougher, as Giroux chose Canadian hockey over U.S. hockey.

Despite talents like Drake and Shania Twain, Giroux went with the U.S. over Canada in music, and also chose American bacon over Canadian bacon.

Eventually, Barkann asked Giroux which beer he preffered.

“I don’t drink beer," Giroux responded.

Really? What Canadian doesn't like beer?

As he started to get up out of his seat after the interview, Giroux showed his true colors. “I love beer. I love beer,” he said.

Check out the video above to see the full game. 

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

PALM BEACH, Fla. — As the primary target of opponents over his Hall of Fame career, Wayne Gretzky can certainly empathize with the frustration of Oilers star Connor McDavid.

McDavid and Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning jostled all evening long in a 6-5 Edmonton loss. McDavid denounced the tactics of his opponent after the game, claiming Manning intentionally injured him last season; McDavid missed 37 games with a broken collarbone.

"I guess we can put the whole 'if he did it' thing to rest because what he said out there kind of confirmed that," said McDavid, who taunted Manning after scoring the second goal in the Oilers' loss.

"I think anybody who knows me or who has played with or against me along the road here, knows that I am not that kind of player," Manning said, according to a statement released by the Flyers. "I am not out there intentionally trying to hurt people. I'm a guy who plays the game hard and I take pride in that."

Gretzky didn't mind seeing that fire in McDavid, saying competitiveness is part of what makes the great ones great. And he said the targeting comes with the territory of being a superstar. It was something he and Mario Lemieux dealt with, too.

"And Connor, he's going to get tested every night, but this is not new for him," Gretzky said Friday at the NHL board of governors meetings. "He's been tested since he was a kid and then playing junior hockey and now in the NHL and he's always responded and done his part."