Two weeks after being fired by the Eagles, Chip Kelly has already found his new stomping ground in the NFL – the San Francisco 49ers. Considering there’s no professional team in Oregon, he ended up selecting the next best thing.
Coming off a subpar 5-11 season, the 49ers selected Kelly to be their 10th coach in franchise history after what CEO Jed York called “a thorough search.” After revolutionizing college football with his up-tempo spread offense, Chip only lasted three seasons in Philadelphia.
Despite Kelly’s unimpressive start to his NFL coaching career, 49ers fans can rest assured that he’ll be around much longer than previous coach Jim Tomsula. Given the other coaching alternatives on the market, this was easily the best hire San Francisco could have made.
Many of the current players on the roster already fit the schemes Kelly will implement this season. Based on his track record, Kelly has always preferred a 3-4 defense, which the 49ers have been running for quite some time. Chip also has to be giddy thinking about the pieces he has to work with on offense.
Even with his struggles under Coach Jim Tomsula last season, quarterback Colin Kaepernick still has a long career ahead of him. With Kelly entering the fold, Kap finally gets the perfect system to utilize his strengths.
Chip has always had an affinity for mobile quarterbacks with elite arm strength, which is exactly what Kaepernick brings to the table. It seems to be a match made in heaven for both parties, as Kelly will utilize Colin similarly to how he used quarterback Marcus Mariota at Oregon.
It will be a tremendous change for a team so defensive-minded in recent seasons, but one that was desperately needed. With Kelly reviving the offense and the defense still led by star Navorro Bowman, the 49ers should return to contender-status in the very near future.