Chip Kelly will get the opportunity to re-boot his coaching career. After being sacked as Philadelphia Eagles coach last month, Kelly has been hired as the new coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
A few weeks ago, 49ers sacked Jim Tomsula after enduring a disappointing 5-11 season. Tomsula’s one-and-done treatment will put a ton of pressure on Kelly, who was fired after three seasons at the helm of Philadelphia. Kelly led the Eagles to a disappointing 6-9 record before the axe.
Kelly released a statement Thursday to thank the Eagles management for entrusting him with the job. “As one of the most historic franchises in the National Football League, I realize the high standards and expectations that this position demands and I embrace the challenges ahead,” the 52-year-old coach said in a statement. “My immediate focus is to build the best coaching staff possible, one that will maximize the abilities of each of our players and put us in the best position to win football games.”
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49ers interviewed a series of candidates before finalizing on Kelly. Their CEO, Jed York, tweeted earlier today that he and GM Trent Baalke came to the decision “after a thorough search.”
CEO Jed York tweeted that he and Baalke selected Kelly, who will be introduced in a news conference next week, “after a thorough search” (see tweet below). Torrey Smith, the 49ers wide receiver, also welcomed his new coach.
Kelly is known for his run-and-gun style of play, very different to 49ers’ current playbook. Kelly is known to make major trades and moves. Therefore, it won’t be surprising if he makes major changes to the San Francisco roster ahead of the new season.
Baalke said Kelly’s reputation of a “vigilant coach” influenced his decision. “Chip (Kelly) possesses all the qualities we were looking for in our next head coach,” Baalke said in a team statement released Thursday. “He (Kelly) has demonstrated the ability to be innovative everywhere he has coached and has had great success throughout his career. Chip’s passion for the game and vision for the future of this team clearly stood out to us during the search process. He is an extremely driven individual that I look forward to working with.”
According to an ESPN report, Chip Kelly’s arrival in San Francisco will help quarterback Colin Kaepernick enjoy a career renaissance. “If anyone can resurrect Kaepernick’s career, it’s his new head coach. I know that’s the easy and convenient analysis after Chip Kelly’s hiring by the 49ers, but in this case there are too many connected dots to ignore.”
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