Chip Kelly reportedly meets with 49ers about head coaching job

Former Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly met with the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, reports Matt Maiocco of

Posted: Fri Jan. 8, 2016

Former Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly met with the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, reports Matt Maiocco of

The Eagles fired Kelly before their final game of the season. Kelly led Philadelphia to a 26–21 record in nearly three full seasons as head coach, and has expressed his desire to stay in coaching.

Kelly reportedly reached out to the 49ers shortly after they fired first-year head coach Jim Tomsula to communicate his interest in the job.

In addition to meeting with Kelly, the 49ers have also reportedly met with BuffaloBills running backs coach Anthony Lynn and have a meeting scheduled with Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo for Friday, according to ESPN.

• #DearAndy: Will fired Eagles coach Chip Kelly return to college?

ESPN has reported Kelly would prefer to be hired as an NFL coach, though ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported Thursday that the former Oregon coach visited Alabama’s football staff this week.

– Erin Flynn

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25 Responses to “Chip Kelly reportedly meets with 49ers about head coaching job”

  1. David says:

    Colin Kaepernick would make a great backup for Tim Tebow in SF.

  2. Andrea says:

    Blaine Gabbert would also make a good backup to Tebow.

  3. Anne says:

    Curious what others think of this:

    Buzzy Says : Sounds almost too good , I dont think T2 will sign even if they could pay that deal.

    • Anne says:

      Thanks Buzzy, that’s what I suspected.

    • Danny says:

      There’s been attempts to form leagues to compete with the NFL. It takes money to make something like that viable. The USFL is attempting a reboot and has a lot of recognizable names involved in it, but even that is designed to be a minor league and they are trying to secure adequate financing to make it viable. If a recognizable brand like the USFL has issues with financing, a startup will have a bigger hurdle to overcome no matter who plays in that league.

    • Lynn B. says:

      Brandi wants to believe that Robby Tebow follows her because of interest in “the league” but it may well be he is following to keep tabs on how she is exploiting the Tebow name without permission.

  4. Danny says:

    BREAKING: Adam Gase has just been hired as the new Dolphins coach…any thoughts how this might impact TT?

    • Bubbaelvis says:

      I don’t think it will impact him at all unless they are done with Tannehill. Tannehill could not handle the pressure of Tebow’s popularity combined with his superior leadership skills, work ethic, etc. Gase would know what Tebow brings to the table. Tim is a QB you have to go all in on for it to work. The team and coach that decides he is their guy will be rewarded many times over. I am hoping ihe gets a shot somewhere. He certainly deserves it and is NFL ready, skill wise.

      • Danny says:

        You are right, a Tebow signing needs to be an all in deal to work.

        The Tannehill contract isn’t as brutal as it looks, if the Dolphins don’t want him after the end of next season they won’t be out much.

        It sounds like Gase will have control over the 53 man roster so if Gase wants TT he can go get him.

        For now Gase is showing support for Tannehill whether he has to or actually believes Tannehill is his guy. However, it’s a long way from now to training camp.

    • Sage says:

      I love to be optimistic, but Gase is most likely just another of the many coaches who walked over Tebow’s back on the way to better jobs.

      John Fox fostered an atmosphere in which the team acted like Tebow was retarded. It’s unlikely Gase has the wisdom to know better. Didn’t the Bears keep Clausen as a backup while Gase was OC?

      • David says:

        Jimmy Clausen started for 2 NFL teams this year, Bears and Ravens, and threw 2 TDs 4 Ints. Chicago cut him and promoted the kid on the practice squad.

  5. Sage says:

    Wow, after coaching Jay Cutler to 5 wins in 2015, Adam Gase is the new HC of the Dolphins, with control over personnel

    It must have been the bangup job he did with Tebow in 2011 as a mere QB coach, except he did nothing and everyone insists Tebow can’t play.

    We used to joke about footballers being dummies, but the network broadcasters loved to talk like every coach on the sidelines was a “genius.” It’s truly a league of dummies.

  6. Sage says:

    Gase was QB coach while Kyle Orton went 4-22.

  7. David says:

    Mike Tannenbaum, who is the man in Miami now, once said after he was fired in NY, that it was a mistake to sign Tim Tebow to the Jets. I think that is true only because he didn’t understand the vindictive way that Coach Ryan would abuse Tebow or that he would refuse to play him when Sanchez was failing miserably. It was coaching failure, not GM failure.
    Tannenbaum and Tebow became the fall guys for that 6-10 season and stupid people were blaming Tebow who touched the ball 41 times in 16 games. If Gase brings Tebow in and uses him, Tannenbaum will also be vindicated for hiring Tebow in NY and people will see it differently and Jets fans will have another reason to mourn. We’ll see if Tannenbaum has the guts and if Gase has any loyalty to Tebow.

    • Sage says:

      I forgot about the Tannenbaum angle. I’d be more hopeful if Tannehill weren’t likely to get about 2 more years of grace period.

      People are impressed with Jay Cutler’s 92 QB rating in 2015, in his 10th season. Tebow, meanwhile, had a 90 QB rating in the playoff game against the Patriots, with cracked ribs, when his teammates quit. But that was an embarrassment.

      There is no question anymore: the nfl and most of its fans are epic fools.

      • David says:

        Actually, his QBR was about 52.7 and his average for the playoffs was 90.
        Luck played worse the next year with a QBR of 23.
        Andrew Luck Vs the Patriots (in his 6th Playoff Game and 3rd Year in the NFL):
        12/33 126 yards 0 TD and 2 INTS QBR 23.0 Score 45-7
        Tim Tebow Vs the Patriots (in his 2nd playoff game and 2nd year in the NFL):
        9/26 136 yards 0 TD and 0 INTS QBR 52.7 Score 45-10

        There was barely a whisper of criticism for Luck. He criticized his own play more than anyone else. The bias against Tebow is all too obvious for those who pay attention.

        • Sage says:

          Thanks for correcting me. That was a tough night.

          • David says:

            Luck played that game in 2014. Tebow’s 90 QBR in the playoffs is still one of the best playoff QBRs in the NFL and the 125.6 in the Steelers game is the highest QBR in Broncos playoff history. But, he’s not good enough.

  8. Sage says:

    Brandi ‏@RblSports 22 Dec 2015

    The Team going into the Season clearly set up perfectly for Tebow was Houston. But Bill O’Brien wanted to show World he’s a QB-Making genius

    • David says:

      Hoyer had 4 ints and a fumble in the playoff game and Houston lost 30-0 to the Chiefs. O’brien was not happy.
      Now we get to see Pittsburgh V. Denver next week. Go Steelers.

  9. TheMascotArmy says:

    I wonder which team will be next to pretend to give Tebow a look (so he doesn’t actually go to Canada and show that the pundits are all fools, or embarrass the NFL with better ratings with a Canadian team than their Monday night game).

    • Sage says:

      Wow. I hadn’t thought of that. It’s happened twice.

      Finally, though, I’ve stopped imagining that there are intelligent people in the NFL trying to weigh things objectively. They’re typically neither intelligent nor conscientious.

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