Sakamoto: Chip Kelly Named 49ers Head Coach



The San Francisco 49ers have officially announced Chip Kelly as the franchise’s 20th head coach. Kelly, who previously served as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles since 2013, will now be the man responsible for turning around a losing franchise.

49ers’ CEO Jed York made it very clear that he had a ‘short list’ of head coaching candidates and that 49ers GM Trent Baalke would be the one leading the process. Kelly will now try and improve a team that finished last place in the NFC West with a 5-11 record.

The former Oregon coach’s cultural identity will be very physical up front on both sides of the ball while likely implementing his spread offense which incorporates 3-5 wide receiver sets. The spread offense is specifically designed to attack the defense vertically while incorporating the shotgun read-option.

Now that Kelly is in place, he will now have to muster up an elite coaching staff to San Francisco and this is where things will get even more interesting as many of the top assistants have signed elsewhere. 

With the 49ers finally landing their next head coach, it will be interesting to see how he fares as he received mixed reviews while in Philadelphia.

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