The 49ers made a splash on Thursday afternoon, hiring Chip Kelly as their next head coach.
Owner Jed York announced the move on Twitter (of course he did), saying he and GM Trent Baalke are “thrilled” to hire Kelly as Jim Tomsula’s replacement.READ MORE: Stimulus Check Update: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
Here’s five things to know about Kelly going to the 49ers.
1. What this means for Colin Kaepernick: This is the big question. Kaepernick theoretically fits Kelly’s style of play and offensive system as a dynamic athlete with great wheels.READ MORE: Wild Ride: Suspects Identified In Carroll County Police Chase
But he also DOESN’T fit Kelly’s system as a highly-cerebral quarterback capable of moving through his reads quickly.
The best guess here is Kelly talked with York/Baalke about potentially resurrecting Kaepernick’s career and they decided he was more capable of making it work than just about anyone out there. Nick Foles threw for 27 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in a season under Kelly. He made Mark Sanchez, Sam Bradford and an aging Michael Vick look good at times.
Kaep isn’t that far removed from being one pass away from winning the Super Bowl and/or praised as a potential elite quarterback with unlimited upside.
2. Back to the well: Kelly will be the 20th 49ers coach hired in franchise history and follows an interesting lineage in San Francisco. The last “splash” coach with a high-profile and college pedigree the 49ers hired was Jim Harbaugh. It didn’t work out perfectly, with frustrations mounting between both parties before a separation following an 8-8 season in 2014. The 49ers promoted Jim Tomsula to head coach with…MORE NEWS: Deal Between Battery Firms A Big Lift For Georgia