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49ers Officially Fire Chip Kelly; Chargers Fire Head Coach Mike McCoy
It was announced a few days ago that San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly and GM Trent Baalke would be fired. After Sunday’s game, that is exactly what happened.
Kelly went 2-14 in his one lone season in the Bay area.
49ers officially have informed Chip Kelly he no longer is their coach, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 2, 2017
49ers CEO Jed York released the following statement:
I have informed Trent and Chip of my decision to pursue new leadership for our football team. These types of conversations are never easy, especially when they involve people you respect personally and professionally.
Trent gave this organization every ounce of effort he had over the last 12 years and his contributions were integral to the team reaching three straight NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl. I will forever be grateful for his dedication to the 49ers, and his friendship to me and my family. I wish Trent, Beth and their daughters the very best in whatever the future holds for their family.
“Chip has my gratitude for the job he did this year, navigating the team through some adverse circumstances. I look forward to watching his career continue to unfold, and wish him and Jill great success in life.
Despite my feelings for Trent and Chip, I felt the decision to change our football leadership was absolutely necessary. The performance of this team has not lived up to my expectations or those of our fans, and that is truly disappointing. We all expected to see this team progress and develop as the season went on, but unfortunately that did not happen. That is why now is the time to find a new direction for this team.
Not to be outdone, the San Diego Chargers fired head coach Mike McMoy as well.
BREAKING: Chargers announce head coach Mike McCoy has been fired. pic.twitter.com/74W0qxISZK
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 2, 2017
Chargers president of football operations John Spanos released the following statement in an e-mail:
Mike McCoy is a man of high character, and we thank him for his dedication to the Chargers. The decision to dismiss Mike was made in the best interests of our franchise. Our team’s disappointing performance has not matched this team’s potential and has fallen short of the demanding standards that we seek to impose throughout our organization. Our comprehensive search for a new head coach begins immediately.
The 44-year-old McCoy went 27-37 during his four seasons with the Chargers, missing the playoffs in his last three campaigns.