49ers Hire Chip Kelly as New Head Coach
After boiling it down to their final two candidates, the San Francisco 49ers have decided to go with Chip Kelly over Mike Shanahan as their new head coach.
It’s been just 11 days since the Niners parted ways with former head coach Jim Tomsula after just one season—during which they finished with a 5-11 record. Over the course of the past week, they have met with a total of seven candidates, which includes Bills assistant Anthony Lynn, Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, Bucs OC Dirk Koetter, Bengals OC Hue Jackson, and Giants coach Tom Coughlin, in addition to Kelly and Shanahan.
Chip Kelly is coming off a three-year stint as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. He led the team to consecutive 10-6 records in his first two seasons in Philly, including a playoff birth in 2013. But after finishing the 2015 season with a disappointing 7-9 record, which included plenty of questionable roster moves along the way, the Eagles decided to part ways with the 52-year-old coach.
Now that they have their head coach, the 49ers can begin to piece together the rest of their coaching staff and roster. One of the focal points will be the quarterback position—specifically, what will they do with Colin Kaepernick, who appeared to be on his way out, but could now be an asset as his skill set fits quite nicely into Chip Kelly’s system.
It will be interesting to see how this all shapes up. Stay tuned.