Jed York

New Chip on the block: 49ers hire Kelly, won’t be boring next year

And from this point forward, the author of this humble weblog decided to give the 49ers the benefit of the doubt.

Am I a card-carrying member of the Chip Kelly Fan Club (if such a club or card existed)? Not really. That might be David Neumann, the fine football writer for Niners Nation who spelled out three “misconceptions” about Kelly. It’s worth a read if you’re looking for reasons to be excited about this hire.

I don’t know nearly enough about Kelly to bury him as an NFL head coach after what happened in Philadelphia, even if these comments from LeSean McCoy present a major red flag for a team that has oodles of cap money to spend on free agents.

“The relationship was never really great. I feel like I always respected him as a coach. I think that’s the way he runs his team. He wants the full control. You see how fast he got rid of all the good players. Especially all the good black players. He got rid of them the fastest. That’s the truth. There’s a reason. … It’s hard to explain with him. But there’s a reason he got rid of all the black players — the good ones — like that.”

Was that indicative of Kelly’s racist tendencies, or unfounded criticism from a disgruntled ex-Eagle who decided to make locker room whispers public in a Q&A? Kelly took a team that was 4-12 in 2012 to consecutive 10-6 seasons. If he can match or better that improvement with the 49ers, there will be few complaints about his personality.

That doesn’t mean the players won’t get a major shock when they meet with their new coach for the first time.

Mad scientist

Here’s how Jim Tomsula described the team’s preparation — or lack thereof — heading into their Thursday night game against Seattle.

“We did a walk-thru on Monday and then Tuesday we did about an hour-and-a-half on the field and then on Wednesday we did about 40 minutes on the field. But the tempo was way down. We didn’t work the timing things and the high-speed things. We just walked through the assignments. I mean, you’ve got to take care of the bodies.”

On the day before each game, the Eagles would run a full-speed practice. Can you imagine Tomsula, who coddled his players, doing such a thing?

Kelly’s attention to scientific detail was well-known. They players were given personalized recovery smoothies. Everything was monitored, including heart rate, agility, acceleration, fatigue, stress, aerobic capacity, sleep and urine output. Yes, urine output. The players’ hydration levels were ranked.

Kelly is an odd duck, but if Jed York was looking for a coach to mesh with his Silicon Valley mindset, he might have found the right guy.

Offensive makeover

In two years, the 49ers have moved from a glacially-paced offense ran by Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman, to an offense as unexciting as non-alcoholic vanilla extract thanks to Geep Chryst, to Kelly’s tempo-based attack. Where Harbaugh and Roman preferred pre-snap shifts and complexity, Kelly goes for a simple injection of speed on every snap. There won’t be any delay of game calls as long as Kelly is in charge.

Give credit to the 49ers for this — they spit on the status quo with this hire, and they didn’t go cheap. Kelly may not have been as popular with teams as Hue Jackson appeared to be, but it doesn’t matter how many teams are lining up in January if he ends up being the right person for the job.

But is he? A lot rides on who runs his offense on the field. Many believe this is a unexpected reprieve for Colin Kaepernick, whom Kelly reportedly likes. But Blaine Gabbert ran a spread offense in Missouri and costs a lot less. It might make sense for the 49ers to keep both quarterbacks around and let Kelly choose, especially since there’s no guarantee they’ll get a franchise signal-caller in the draft. Trent Baalke probably wants to draft a linebacker and an offensive lineman in the first and second rounds, anyway. But Kaepernick has more than a few reasons to want a fresh start somewhere else, and the 49ers might not feel he’s worth the effort if he needs to be convinced to stick it out for one more year.

Then again, his trio of surgeries might make this a moot point. If they can’t release him before April 1 or come to some sort of settlement, the 49ers and Kelly are stuck with Kaepernick. Maybe “stuck” is the wrong word, if Kelly sees Kaepernick as the best available quarterback for his system.

Defensive afterthought?

Kelly also makes sense for this team, because he made his mark in college and pushes his athletes. This is a very young roster. Replacing Harbaugh with Kelly in 2012 probably wouldn’t have worked out too well. However, while the 2016 49ers aren’t loaded with experienced stars who can outwit their opponents (yet), they have fresh legs that can handle the extra conditioning Kelly will require.

Kelly counterpoint: every championship-caliber 49ers team, from 1981 through 2013, had an above-average or great defense.

Kelly’s defenses were in the bottom five in total yards allowed all three years in Philadelphia, but that’s a little misleading considering the increased number of snaps. The Eagles were 20th in yards allowed per play in 2013, 17th in 2014, and 22nd in 2015. Not great, but not quite the disaster that’s been portrayed. By the way, the 49ers were 27th in that category in 2015 after top-10 finishes in each of the previous six seasons.

So it’s up to Baalke to fill this team with athletes (preferably players with two intact ACLs, since that generally makes it easier for players to take on extra wind-sprints).

Speaking of the all-powerful GM

There were a lot of clues on the radio over the last 24 hours when it came to this hire.

  • Yesterday Matt Maiocco said on 95.7 that Tomsula’s job was safe until the last week of the season, when something happened. He alluded to the timing of Kelly’s termination (Dec. 29) possibly persuading the Yorks to fire Tomsula.
  • Later that day on KNBR, Bob Fitzgerald trumpeted Kelly’s record at Oregon and Philadelphia as the reason why he was the best available candidate.
  • This afternoon I heard Greg Papa discuss his own friendship with Gamble, how they hung out at Gamble’s house in Pleasanton and shared some “lemonades.” Papa described how much Gamble respected Kelly, and even brought up the possibility that one day Gamble might run the show in Santa Clara.

Kelly has shown to be a lousy NFL talent evaluator when left to his own devices, but this hire is good news for 49ers fans who are sick of Baalke. Baalke is not an upper-tier GM in my opinion, especially since I’m currently working on an updated version of my “Grading Trent Baalke” post from last year with his moves in 2015. Hint: his grade is going down from the overall B- he earned for his work in 2010-14.

If Maiocco, an excellent beat writer, is correct that the 49ers decided against keeping Tomsula after Kelly got fired, Kelly almost has to be a Jed guy … right? There’s no way firing — and paying — Tomsula was Baalke’s call.

And maybe this means absolutely nothing, but York was the one who broke the news today.

This may be the last time York tweets about football matters for quite a while.

“I try to interact with fans as much as I can on social media. I’m going to continue to do that, but I want to do that in a way that doesn’t distract from the team,” York said at his press conference. “As much as I’d like to share how I feel about the team, it’s not helpful for our club for me to talk about how I feel when we win, how I feel when we lose. It’s ultimately a distraction.”

Now that the search is over, the questions haven’t ended. They’ve only begun, including several mentioned earlier in this post (the QB situation, whether Kelly has a bad rep with players across the league, how the roster will be affected by Kelly’s unique schemes and preparation strategies).

But even more interesting than those questions, or whether Kelly’s personality (which Papa described as “prickly”) will remind his bosses a little too much of Harbaugh, will be to watch how Baalke shapes a broken, nearly star-free roster. He still has total control, as Kelly will just coach.

(Maybe this means a return for LaMichael James, a former Baalke draft pick who was probably Kelly’s most dominant player at Oregon! I jokingly tweeted that right after York announced they had hired Kelly, and LMJ retweeted it, but later unretweeted it … perhaps because the replies weren’t all that polite.)

With the Yorks deciding to put their money where Jed’s mouth was, and with a high draft pick and all those available funds at Baalke’s disposal, they will expect results. And if Baalke loses power over the coming year, to either Gamble, Kelly or both in tandem … oh man, the fireworks we’re going to see.

Then again, the interplay between 49ers executives and coaches has been fascinating for quite some time, often for the wrong reasons. If Kelly can make sure the product on the field matches the entertainment value of the 49ers’ front office shenanigans, we’ll all be better off. Because as we all learned from the 2015 season, football is no fun when it’s nothing more than nap fuel.

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coredump
coredump

Slam peakfreak  I'm hoping for the niners to at least be interesting again, if not successful right away.  Not only were they completely dysfunctional off the field last year, they were boring to watch along with the losing.

coredump
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Slam Otis Byrd III  Supposedly Baalke's contract expires before Chip's new one ends.  Assuming he doesn't yet have any better offers pending, Baalke is presumably trying to get along with the new guy, continue bending a knee to lil Jed as required, in hopes of getting an extension. Baalke can't hope for another 1-and-done head coach firing if he doesn't get along with Chip, because lil Jed put the head coach search on Baalke, publicly.  So if Chip fails right away, Baalke's days are probably numbered. The best thing is for Chip to succeed and Baalke to play nice with the new guy (and visa versa) and lil Jed to shelve his ego and stay out of the way.  Given their history that's probably not the way to bet it, but if the Yorks and Baalke can actually learn from their mistakes, maybe the niners will be fun to watch again for a while.

Slam
Slam

peakfreak Slam  I agree Jed doesn't deserve a whole lot of anything, BUT let's see if Chip Kelly, with no front office responsibilities, can turn this team around. I think we agree he's an improvement over Jimmy Tom, maybe he'll do a good job in SF.

peakfreak
peakfreak

Slam in what possible way could Jed deserve the benefit of the doubt? He wrangled a "name" coach into taking his $. A guy who has never won an NFL playoff game. A guy who caused a power struggle in has last gig and then made a mess of it. Oh boy! Kelly is miles better than Tomsula, but he isn't going to get the niners back to the Superbowl. Nope, until Jed's team is in the Superbowl I will doubt his ability to be a good owner.

Slam
Slam

Tod in Austin zinnsand21  when youre winning, nobody cares if the head coach is a jerk (bellichick). Philly was losing.

Slam
Slam

sloopjohnc  you mean the Brian Billick fluffer ?

Slam
Slam

Otis Byrd III Slam  Maybe Jed hired Chip Kelly without Baalke's full support ?

Otis Byrd III
Otis Byrd III

Slam I'm happy with the hire. For me, I've heard mixed reviews so far. I think a lot of people might be concerned about how things ended for him with the Eagles, and if that ends up happening here with the 49ers. We'll see. I think Chip Kelly will do well here, at least I hope so. It will take time though, and hopefully the 49ers FO will be patient with Chip Kelly. I agree that Trent Baalke is still the problem. I would get rid of him next year regardless of how the season turns out for the 49ers next season. The guy can't draft and the guy even has trouble answering simple questions. His interviews with Damon Bruce back in 2014 really did put me off. Even when Bucher and Townsend used to interview him, he had trouble answering their questions too. But yes, Baalke is still the problem, even though he swallowed his pride and hired a competent head coach.

Slam
Slam

Jed vowed to bring in a "big" head coach and he did that. Niners fans are so unhappy, a lot of negative reaction to Kelly hire. Fans are just pissed. Jed deserves benefit of the doubt, let's see if this works. Obviously this hire doesn't address the elephant in the room, Trent Baalke.

Otis Byrd III
Otis Byrd III

@Slam I'm happy with the hire. For me, I've heard mixed reviews so far. I think a lot of people might be concerned about how things ended for him with the Eagles, and if that ends up happening here with the 49ers. We'll see. I think Chip Kelly will do well here, at least I hope so. It will take time though, and hopefully the 49ers FO will be patient with Chip Kelly.

I agree that Trent Baalke is still the problem. I would get rid of him next year regardless of how the season turns out for the 49ers next season. The guy can't draft and the guy even has trouble answering simple questions. His interviews with Damon Bruce back in 2014 really did put me off. Even when Bucher and Townsend used to interview him, he had trouble answering their questions too. But yes, Baalke is still the problem, even though he swallowed his pride and hired a competent head coach.

peakfreak
peakfreak

@Slam in what possible way could Jed deserve the benefit of the doubt? He wrangled a "name" coach into taking his $. A guy who has never won an NFL playoff game. A guy who caused a power struggle in has last gig and then made a mess of it. Oh boy! Kelly is miles better than Tomsula, but he isn't going to get the niners back to the Superbowl. Nope, until Jed's team is in the Superbowl I will doubt his ability to be a good owner.

Slam
Slam

@peakfreak @Slam  I agree Jed doesn't deserve a whole lot of anything, BUT let's see if Chip Kelly, with no front office responsibilities, can turn this team around. I think we agree he's an improvement over Jimmy Tom, maybe he'll do a good job in SF.

coredump
coredump

@Slam @Otis Byrd III  Supposedly Baalke's contract expires before Chip's new one ends.  Assuming he doesn't yet have any better offers pending, Baalke is presumably trying to get along with the new guy, continue bending a knee to lil Jed as required, in hopes of getting an extension.

Baalke can't hope for another 1-and-done head coach firing if he doesn't get along with Chip, because lil Jed put the head coach search on Baalke, publicly.  So if Chip fails right away, Baalke's days are probably numbered.

The best thing is for Chip to succeed and Baalke to play nice with the new guy (and visa versa) and lil Jed to shelve his ego and stay out of the way.  Given their history that's probably not the way to bet it, but if the Yorks and Baalke can actually learn from their mistakes, maybe the niners will be fun to watch again for a while.

coredump
coredump

@Slam @peakfreak  I'm hoping for the niners to at least be interesting again, if not successful right away.  Not only were they completely dysfunctional off the field last year, they were boring to watch along with the losing.

Slam
Slam

Jed vowed to bring in a "big" head coach and he did that. Niners fans are so unhappy, a lot of negative reaction to Kelly hire. Fans are just pissed. Jed deserves benefit of the doubt, let's see if this works. Obviously this hire doesn't address the elephant in the room, Trent Baalke.

sloopjohnc
sloopjohnc

I wouldn't trust anything that butt licker Bob Fitzgerald had to say about any of the teams that broadcast on KNBR or who he calls games for.

sloopjohnc
sloopjohnc

I wouldn't trust anything that butt licker Bob Fitzgerald had to say about any of the teams that broadcast on KNBR or who he calls games for.

Tod in Austin
Tod in Austin

zinnsand21 That, and everyone who worked with him thought he was a jerk. This really seems like York once again overcorrecting.  No coach with a choice of teams to work for was going to come anywhere near the 49ers, so he hired damaged goods. Plus, York hated Harbaugh because he was hard to get along with, and now he's got the same dynamic. That being said, I'm willing to wait and see what happens.  Hopefully I'll be proved wrong.

zinnsand21
zinnsand21

Kelly, strategically, is a bright offensive mind. But his system, IMO is DOA in the NFL. It's one thing to suit up 80 guys in College allowing a constant replenishment of fresh bodies to feed his hurry up system but you can't do that on Sunday in the NFL where you only suit up 46. The proof is in the pudding. Kelly's system progressively wore out players on both sides of the ball as a season progressed. Last or near last in time of possession for all three years in Philly and when given free reign to hand pick his players the team imploded statistically and functionally. Unless he radically changes or hybridizes his offense the Niners are doomed to fail..

Tod in Austin
Tod in Austin

@zinnsand21 That, and everyone who worked with him thought he was a jerk.


This really seems like York once again overcorrecting.  No coach with a choice of teams to work for was going to come anywhere near the 49ers, so he hired damaged goods.


Plus, York hated Harbaugh because he was hard to get along with, and now he's got the same dynamic.


That being said, I'm willing to wait and see what happens.  Hopefully I'll be proved wrong.

zinnsand21
zinnsand21

Kelly, strategically, is a bright offensive mind. But his system, IMO is DOA in the NFL. It's one thing to suit up 80 guys in College allowing a constant replenishment of fresh bodies to feed his hurry up system but you can't do that on Sunday in the NFL where you only suit up 46. The proof is in the pudding. Kelly's system progressively wore out players on both sides of the ball as a season progressed. Last or near last in time of possession for all three years in Philly and when given free reign to hand pick his players the team imploded statistically and functionally. Unless he radically changes or hybridizes his offense the Niners are doomed to fail..

LordNishar
LordNishar

BASportsGuy He will get the 49's a lot of first or second picks in the draft

Jim Wade
Jim Wade

@T AllenSaenz 90% of the offense.  Nah. Being an Oregon fan. Hyde, Patton, Ellington, McDonald, Staley, Kilgore, Torrey Smith are all guys that can fit well in the offense.  What they need is to upgrade the OL and a #1 type WR opposite Smith.

Vastmandana
Vastmandana

I'm totally stoked about this hire!  Watching Chip youtube description of their schemes and strategies is refreshing.  Up tempo is the trend.  Innovative is the 9er history we've gotten away from for far too long... Harb's offenses were boring.  Without the stunning D we would have flopped.  


Our team is much younger now, perfect for the challenge.  We gots da bucks and brains... and I will enjoy watching again.  Listening to a number of thoughful folks today I feel much better about the risk.  Haters gonna hate... but I'm gonna enjoy this ride.


Divergent personalities... all hopefully have learned things this year.  It sounds like Baalke was given the final say so and he selected Chip... I think this might be the beginning of something really good!

Vastmandana
Vastmandana

I'm totally stoked about this hire!  Watching Chip youtube description of their schemes and strategies is refreshing.  Up tempo is the trend.  Innovative is the 9er history we've gotten away from for far too long... Harb's offenses were boring.  Without the stunning D we would have flopped.   Our team is much younger now, perfect for the challenge.  We gots da bucks and brains... and I will enjoy watching again.  Listening to a number of thoughful folks today I feel much better about the risk.  Haters gonna hate... but I'm gonna enjoy this ride. Divergent personalities... all hopefully have learned things this year.  It sounds like Baalke was given the final say so and he selected Chip... I think this might be the beginning of something really good!

PeterZavlaris
PeterZavlaris

In so many ways I want Kelly to be successful:


1. I'm a Niner Fan

2. I went to U of O and am a Duck fan

3. The NFL needs to evolve! 


To my last point, look at the clean sweep during the wild card round of teams with experienced, high end QBs vs. lower tier/backup QBs. This needs to change! In no other sport is being a contender so contingent on a single position. This makes things dull and predictable!


Even when he was at Philly, I was rooting for Kelly, because his system is the closet thing to game changing there is. While his system didn't prevail in Philly, it seemed that the leadership wasn't 100% bought in. 


I think/hope things will be different here, 


'Kelly is an odd duck, but if Jed York was looking for a coach to mesh with his Silicon Valley mindset, he might have found the right guy.'


On the other side of this. The Ducks would've had a nat'l championship by now if it could put together a passable defense. They have yet to accomplish this and have paid the consequences.


The Eagles D got progressively worse each year under Chip -- this is a concern! 


Finally, Chip will rub players the wrong way. It happened at Oregon, it happened in Philly, and it will happen here. At Oregon it didn't hold him back from being successful (even though he never won the big one). It harmed him, big time, in the NFL.


Three scenarios here:


1. He fails

2. A talented defensive coordinator comes in, combined with Baalke's eye for D talent, and D isn't a problem

3. Chip finally gets a mobile QB, a core of talented RBs and speedster WRs and builds an O  that is unstoppable--a la the Bill Walsh.


Final thoughts,


Lets bring in RG3, Johnny Football, and keep Kaep--put a raw steak (aka the starting job) between them--and may the best man win!

PeterZavlaris
PeterZavlaris

In so many ways I want Kelly to be successful: 1. I'm a Niner Fan 2. I went to U of O and am a Duck fan 3. The NFL needs to evolve!  To my last point, look at the clean sweep during the wild card round of teams with experienced, high end QBs vs. lower tier/backup QBs. This needs to change! In no other sport is being a contender so contingent on a single position. This makes things dull and predictable! Even when he was at Philly, I was rooting for Kelly, because his system is the closet thing to game changing there is. While his system didn't prevail in Philly, it seemed that the leadership wasn't 100% bought in.  I think/hope things will be different here,  'Kelly is an odd duck, but if Jed York was looking for a coach to mesh with his Silicon Valley mindset, he might have found the right guy.' On the other side of this. The Ducks would've had a nat'l championship by now if it could put together a passable defense. They have yet to accomplish this and have paid the consequences. The Eagles D got progressively worse each year under Chip -- this is a concern!  Finally, Chip will rub players the wrong way. It happened at Oregon, it happened in Philly, and it will happen here. At Oregon it didn't hold him back from being successful (even though he never won the big one). It harmed him, big time, in the NFL. Three scenarios here: 1. He fails 2. A talented defensive coordinator comes in, combined with Baalke's eye for D talent, and D isn't a problem 3. Chip finally gets a mobile QB, a core of talented RBs and speedster WRs and builds an O  that is unstoppable--a la the Bill Walsh. Final thoughts, Lets bring in RG3, Johnny Football, and keep Kaep--put a raw steak (aka the starting job) between them--and may the best man win!

T
T

AllenSaenz  Agree.  Did the Dolphins screw up with their Adam Gase Annoucement? Did the Browns screw up their Hue Jackson annoucement?  Did the 49ers?  Absolutely. This is a bad omen for the Chip Kelly era. The 49ers are not close to being a Chip Kelly team. Pretty much 90% of the offense has to go.  The offense is not built for Chip Kelly's playbook and style.  It will take several years and drafts for the 49ers to get the players who can fit this sort of offense.  Even then, the 49ers might not achieve too much success in the tough NFC West.  Seattle will still be good.  Arizona can only get better.  The Rams are just a qb from being competitive.  Most fans are not going to see this as a step in the right direction as the success of the 49ers is going to depend so much on the draft.  I can't see veteran NFL players wanting to sign to play for the 49ers given his reputation in Philly.

209insider
209insider

All in all, a positive move for the following reasons:


1. Not a safe move, a good sign that front office willing to go big

2. Not a cheap hire

3. Chip has a deep Rolodex; will build a strong staff

4. Kelly brings a :Swagger" , Sea Hawk 12's will not like him

5. Mistakes and firing in Philly ; make Kelly more determined to get it right


The poof will be shown on the field, I think he brings 3 more wins Vs Tomsula, on offensive scheme alone.


We need to give him a 3 year time frame for player development, ability to beat division rivals, get us back to playoffs.


As president of the "Jed York Is a Tool" fan club, I see this as a step in the right direction.

209insider
209insider

All in all, a positive move for the following reasons: 1. Not a safe move, a good sign that front office willing to go big 2. Not a cheap hire 3. Chip has a deep Rolodex; will build a strong staff 4. Kelly brings a :Swagger" , Sea Hawk 12's will not like him 5. Mistakes and firing in Philly ; make Kelly more determined to get it right The poof will be shown on the field, I think he brings 3 more wins Vs Tomsula, on offensive scheme alone. We need to give him a 3 year time frame for player development, ability to beat division rivals, get us back to playoffs. As president of the "Jed York Is a Tool" fan club, I see this as a step in the right direction.

Otis Byrd III
Otis Byrd III

AllenSaenz LOL. It really does, but this is big news for the 49ers though. It seems like there's mixed reviews on this overall, but at the very least the 49ers have a competent head coach again and he could bring this team back to relevance!

troy_vr
troy_vr

BASportsGuy WPDevTeam schepp10

Otis Byrd III
Otis Byrd III

Overall, I'm pretty happy about Chip Kelly becoming the 49ers new head coach! Yeah, things didn't end well for him with the Eagles, and a lot of that was his undoing because he was also in charge of personnel moves, and time and time again in the NFL we see that head coaches can't be head coaches and GM's at the same time. Too much time that they have to devote to do both duties.

Here with the 49ers, Chip Kelly will just be the head coach, while Baalke unfortunately will still be the GM.... This hire will definitely benefit the 49ers offense, and we'll see if Chip Kelly can work with Kap and possibly fix his issues. We'll see if he can work with Gabbert as well.

But yes, great hire for the 49ers, and welcome to the 49ers Chip Kelly!

Otis Byrd III
Otis Byrd III

Overall, I'm pretty happy about Chip Kelly becoming the 49ers new head coach! Yeah, things didn't end well for him with the Eagles, and a lot of that was his undoing because he was also in charge of personnel moves, and time and time again in the NFL we see that head coaches can't be head coaches and GM's at the same time. Too much time that they have to devote to do both duties. Here with the 49ers, Chip Kelly will just be the head coach, while Baalke unfortunately will still be the GM.... This hire will definitely benefit the 49ers offense, and we'll see if Chip Kelly can work with Kap and possibly fix his issues. We'll see if he can work with Gabbert as well. But yes, great hire for the 49ers, and welcome to the 49ers Chip Kelly!

AllenSaenz
AllenSaenz

Jed's tweet sounds less like a new head coach hire and more like a pregnancy announcement.

Otis Byrd III
Otis Byrd III

@AllenSaenz LOL. It really does, but this is big news for the 49ers though. It seems like there's mixed reviews on this overall, but at the very least the 49ers have a competent head coach again and he could bring this team back to relevance!

T
T

@AllenSaenz 

Agree.  Did the Dolphins screw up with their Adam Gase Annoucement? Did the Browns screw up their Hue Jackson annoucement?  Did the 49ers?  Absolutely. This is a bad omen for the Chip Kelly era.

The 49ers are not close to being a Chip Kelly team. Pretty much 90% of the offense has to go.  The offense is not built for Chip Kelly's playbook and style.  It will take several years and drafts for the 49ers to get the players who can fit this sort of offense.  Even then, the 49ers might not achieve too much success in the tough NFC West.  Seattle will still be good.  Arizona can only get better.  The Rams are just a qb from being competitive. 

Most fans are not going to see this as a step in the right direction as the success of the 49ers is going to depend so much on the draft.  I can't see veteran NFL players wanting to sign to play for the 49ers given his reputation in Philly.

Jim Wade
Jim Wade

@T @AllenSaenz 90% of the offense.  Nah. Being an Oregon fan. Hyde, Patton, Ellington, McDonald, Staley, Kilgore, Torrey Smith are all guys that can fit well in the offense.  What they need is to upgrade the OL and a #1 type WR opposite Smith. 

AllenSaenz
AllenSaenz

Jed's tweet sounds less like a new head coach hire and more like a pregnancy announcement.

lindol22
lindol22

BASportsGuy P.S. + full disclosure: I think LaMike could still be a contributor in the league, and would welcome him back LaMichaelJames

lindol22
lindol22

BASportsGuy JarrydHayne could fill the LaMike/Sproles role quite well. Chip will certainly put him to better use than JimTom did(nt).

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