The new Head Coach of the San Francisco 49ers is none other than Chip Kelly.
After a thorough search, Trent & I are thrilled to announce Chip Kelly as the new #HeadCoach of the @49ers— Jed York (@JedYork) January 14, 2016
The Chip Kelly - Jed York - Trent Baalke relationship should be an interesting one. Just over a year ago, Jim Harbaugh was fired for what many believe to be internal friction between the three, so a reportedly stubborn and bullheaded replacement in Chip Kelly seems like it could be a wild ride.
Kelly finished 26-21 in Philly but after blowing up the roster completely and taking control of personnel in a coup over the last year, results did not come quickly enough for owner Jeff Lurie. I still think that Kelly has some potential as a head coach in this league so it's definitely an interesting hire for San Francisco. There's obviously the old Pac-12 rivalry between Kelly and Pete Carroll as well.
Here is a smattering of reactions to the news from twitter.
49ers got something right this time. I think Chip will learn from his Philly mistakes. And fix Kaep's issues. Fit with Baalke the big test.— Don Banks (@DonBanks) January 14, 2016
Add in Kaepernick's value as a runner and he's comfortably the best QB Kelly's had since leaving Oregon.— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) January 14, 2016
Chip Kelly doesn't want personnel control with the 49ers. Then again, he claimed he didn't have it in Philly, the day before he was fired.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 14, 2016
Thought Chip Kelly was the most talented coach available to the 49ers at this point. But his fit with Baalke? Man, that's going to be wild.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) January 14, 2016
A lot of fun sarcasm with York/Baalke/Chip, but will say that Chip is receptive to analytics. That specific attribute will mesh w/ Baalke.— Zach Whitman (@zjwhitman) January 14, 2016
.@SBNation's @38Godfrey on Chip Kelly, shortly after he was fired in Philly pic.twitter.com/gqfLEUhPiP— Danny Kelly (@FieldGulls) January 14, 2016
Was told reliably that Chip Kelly considered trading for Kap, so assuming the salary makes sense the partnership could be really good.— Seth Wickersham (@SethWickersham) January 14, 2016
49ers exec Tom Gamble encouraged initial interview w/ Chip Kelly and assuaged team officials that they would be able to work with Kelly.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) January 14, 2016
Trent Baalke will maintain his power as the GM in charge of personnel. For the #49ers, Chip Kelly will just coach. Which is good.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 14, 2016