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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Chip Kelly era has officially begun in San Francisco. After firing Jim Harbaugh just two seasons ago for being overly controlling and less gregarious than expected. The Niners will now turn to a very similar coach in terms of characteristics. Owner Jed York and General Manger Trent Baalke decided that Kelly’s coaching accolades in the end were just too good to pass up. The former Philadelphia Eagles head coach who was fired for being too unlikeable will get another chance to prove his worth at the NFL level. In order for Kelly to succeed he must understand that it’s better off to retain talent than to ship it off. With the NFL being such a win now league there is no time for development years or rebuilding phases. Coaches simply don’t last long enough to get through those projects. Instead NFL teams will fire a coach for a poor season and look to find an ideal candidate to replace them. Kelly has first hand experience of how fast the coaching carrousel can turn and he will certainly be wiser this time around. It’s not very often that a head coach gets fired and then turns around and lands another gig the following season. Usually coaches are expected to take a step back such as a coordinator position and work their way back up the coaching later. Kelly has to understand that if things don’t go right in San Francisco their may not be another opportunity waiting for him like the Niners job was this time. It’s imperative that the Niners new head coach understands that his actions have a trickle down effect throughout this football team. It all starts with the top position and if Kelly can’t be a leader when it comes to dealing with other coaches and players. He might find himself back in the college ranks. Still it is a good hire for the 49ers and they will get a bright football mind to lead their team.
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