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Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (52) / 11/25/1963
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Numerous coaches told ESPN's Adam Caplan that Chip Kelly's offense was the "easiest to prepare for" in the NFL last season.
Caplan's remark came in response to an article penned by Smart Football's Chris Brown breaking down Kelly's offense and why it is "fundamentally broken," a must-read accessible at the link below. Brown noted that Kelly has failed to adjust to NFL nuances, among many other flaws. Kelly's offenses got progressively worse in Philadelphia and the 2016 version looked putrid this preseason. Currently sporting the NFL's worst assembly of skill-position players, Kelly is facing an uphill climb in San Francisco, to put it mildly. Sep 9 - 1:34 PM
Source: The Ringer

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49ers coach Chip Kelly could target Browns OC John DeFilippo as his offensive coordinator.

The Browns have yet to let DeFilippo out of his contract, but the 49ers have interest based on his ties to Kelly and CEO Jed York. In many respects, DeFilippo made wine out of water this season in Cleveland considering the Browns' talent deficiencies. The San Francisco Chronicle also speculates Kelly could bring Eagles DC Billy Davis to replace Eric Mangini.
Jan 15 - 6:30 PM

49ers hired ex-Eagles coach Chip Kelly as head coach.

Kelly converted his only opportunity. Aside from San Francisco, his market was ice cold following his firing from Philadelphia. Although Kelly was clearly ready to take any NFL job he could get, he's inheriting one of the worst ones in the league. The 49ers' roster has hollowed out over the past year, and GM Trent Baalke has proven exceptionally difficult to work for. The quarterback situation is a mess. Kelly proved in Philadelphia he didn't require a mobile signal caller to run his offense, but we'd expect him to favor Colin Kaepernick over Blaine Gabbert. Kap offers Kelly an intriguing second chance, and vice versa. Kelly won't control the 53-man roster after doing so to disastrous results in Philadelphia. We'd assume Kelly learned some hard lessons with the Eagles. All things considered, it's a great hire for an organization that didn't seem to have many good options after (rightfully) firing Jim Tomsula.
Jan 14 - 1:36 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the 49ers are expected to choose either ex-Eagles coach Chip Kelly or ex-Redskins coach Mike Shanahan for their head-coaching vacancy within the next 24 hours.

Everything is on the line for Kelly, who hasn't been offered any other interviews. Although things went south in ugly fashion for Kelly in Philadelphia, he'd be the much preferred hire to Shanahan in San Francisco. Kelly went 26-21 in Philly, while Shanahan flamed out spectacularly for the Redskins. Neither coach is a good match with power-hungry GM Trent Baalke, though Kelly claims he doesn't crave personnel control the way he did for the Eagles.
Jan 14 - 12:59 PM

CSN Bay Area reports ex-Eagles coach Chip Kelly has interviewed with the 49ers.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier in the week that Kelly had reached out to the 49ers, and they were clearly receptive. Kelly might be a best-case scenario for Jed York's club. He flamed out spectacularly in Philadelphia, but had great success in 2013-14 despite never having a quarterback. Trent Baalke is not a great general manager, but he's certainly an improvement on the disaster that was Kelly picking his own players last year. Colin Kaepernick has regressed mightily, but would be the most exciting QB prospect Kelly has had as a big-league coach.
Jan 7 - 11:33 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Chip Kelly has reached out to the 49ers to express interest in their coaching vacancy.

Schefter reports the 49ers will "at least consider it." San Francisco likely wants to make a splash after signing career position coach Jim Tomsula in the last cycle, and Kelly's system could be seen as a potential savior for Colin Kaepernick's career. Kelly would inherit a roster with serious talent deficiencies and have to work under GM Trent Baalke, but he may be willing to take those risks to immediately get back in the game.
Jan 4 - 7:13 AM

A "plugged-in source" tells Profootballtalk's Mike Florio to "keep an eye on" Chip Kelly to the Browns.

The sides nearly reached a deal in 2013, but it fell apart and Kelly ended up in Philadelphia. Owner Jimmy Haslam loves big names, but usually strikes out on them. The allure of Kelly is obvious, but he could be a disaster waiting to happen in Cleveland. The Browns lack a quarterback, and have one of the league's worst talent bases. That's not a situation Kelly has proven he can turn around.
Jan 3 - 11:24 AM

Ex-Eagles coach Chip Kelly told FOX Sports' Jay Glazer that he wants to remain in the NFL and simply wants to coach, not control personnel.

He should have no problem landing a second gig. Kelly likely learned valuable lessons at his first NFL job, and his next team may prosper from it. The Browns went hard after Kelly before he ultimately chose the Eagles back in 2013. The Titans and Dolphins also make sense as landing spots.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 10:03:00 PM

Eagles fired coach/GM Chip Kelly.

VP of Player Personnel Ed Marynowitz has also been fired. The Eagles announced the moves themselves, issuing a terse press release. The announcement isn't stunning in and of itself, but the timing is. It suggests deep discord between the two sides after Kelly made a mess of his roster after winning a power struggle for personnel duties last winter. Kelly produced 10-win campaigns in each of his first two years on the job, but gutted his roster with questionable moves last spring that resulted in an imperfect defense and deeply dysfunctional offense. As a general manager, Kelly seemed to be making it up as he went along. As a coach, he struggled to connect with his players as men, turning many off with confidence that blurred with hubris. The prevailing scuttlebutt had been that Kelly would return to college if canned, but all the big openings have been filled. If Kelly wants another shot at the NFL, the Titans and Dolphins might be his two most logical landing places.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 07:26:00 PM

Chip Kelly told MMQB's Peter King he "made a commitment" to the Eagles when they hired him and intends to "see it through."

There has been endless speculation about Kelly moving to a high-profile college program or another NFL team following the season. To his credit, Kelly has consistently denied those reports, but they are unlikely to go away until all the big jobs are filled. At this point, it would be surprising if Kelly were anywhere other than Philadelphia next season.
Source: MMQB
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 12:31:00 PM

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports coach Chip Kelly will likely be back with the Eagles next season.

According to La Canfora, Eagles ownership "has no plans to move on from him." While it appears Kelly hasn't completely ruled out a return to college, it would have to be a "perfect situation" for him to leave Philadelphia. He'd also have to make that decision in the relatively near future as college recruiting season is quickly approaching. The Eagles' performance down the stretch will go a long way toward determining Kelly's future in Philadelphia, but for now, his job appears to be safe.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 09:30:00 AM

Eagles coach Chip Kelly told his players Tuesday that he has no interest in leaving.

"He said, 'As long as they have me here, I'm here,'" were the words of RB Kenjon Barner. LT Jason Peters said he felt reassured by Kelly's comments. Despite the proclamation, Kelly is no better than 50-50 to be back for a fourth year in Philadelphia. He seems to be wearing out his welcome throughout the Eagles organization, and there will be no shortage of teams who want to hire him in the college ranks. Were he to make a lateral NFL move, Tennessee is the most logical destination in a reunion with Marcus Mariota.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 04:15:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports USC "touched base" with Chip Kelly before deciding to remove the interim tag from coach Clay Helton.

Helton becoming the permanent head coach should end the Kelly to USC rumors, but there are plenty of other jobs for Kelly to be linked. Rapoport himself said the Titans and Marcus Mariota could be an option if Kelly becomes available. There will be a bevy of high-profile college jobs open this offseason as well.
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 11:06:00 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said not to "rule out" the Titans if coach Chip Kelly becomes available this offseason.

Rapsheet seems to be treating Kelly's departure from Philadelphia as a foregone conclusion. Kelly's questionable decision-making as the Eagles' GM might ultimately be his undoing. Tennessee's link to Kelly is obvious. Kelly coached Marcus Mariota at Oregon and tried to move up in the draft to pick him even after acquiring Sam Bradford from St. Louis. USC will be an option for Kelly if he chooses to join the college ranks.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 09:56:00 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports USC "still maintains interest" in Chip Kelly and will likely "touch base" with him after the season.

According to Rapsheet, Kelly is starting to realize that his days in Philadelphia might be numbered. He was reportedly "despondent" after Thursday's meltdown against the Lions and "understands that his back is against the wall." Kelly went maverick this offseason by orchestrating a number of bold trades and signings. The results have been disappointing to say the least as the Eagles are now 4-7 and a longshot to make the playoffs.
Source: NFL.com
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 09:11:00 AM

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Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Blaine Gabbert
2Colin Kaepernick
3Christian Ponder
RB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
3Mike Davis
4DuJuan Harris
GLB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
3RB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
WR11Torrey Smith
2Aaron Burbridge
3Rod Streater
WR21Quinton Patton
2Jeremy Kerley
WR31Jeremy Kerley
TE1Vance McDonald
2Garrett Celek
3Blake Bell
LT1Joe Staley
LG1Zane Beadles
2Josh Garnett
C1Daniel Kilgore
RG1Andrew Tiller
2Marcus Martin
RT1Trent Brown
2John Theus
K1Phil Dawson