The search is over for the San Francisco 49ers, as they have appointed the new head coach of their franchise for the 2016 season.
The San Francisco-based franchise announced on their Twitter account today that the former Philadephia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly will take over the organization, and is the 20th head coach in their team's history.
The 49ers CEO Jed York tweeted out that he was very happy with the appointment. He said: "After a thorough search, Trent & I are thrilled to announce Chip Kelly as the new #HeadCoach of the @49ers."
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Many fans might be happy with the appointment of Kelly as it opens so many avenues for the team to travel down, especially with Colin Kaepernick and his playing style which might work well in Kelly's high-octane offense. They have the potential to draft a good first round quarterback that Kelly thinks would work well in his offense too if Kaepernick isn't the right call.
Kaepernick's salary at the 49ers doesn't become fully guaranteed until April, so Kelly and the franchise have plenty of time to analyze their options and make their decision at the quarterback position.
Kelly went 26-21 in three seasons as an NFL coach with the Eagles. While 2013 and 2014 were 10-win seasons, 2015 was not, and missing out on the playoffs and several poor squad movements including letting leading rusher LeSean McCoy go and bringing in DeMarco Murray lead to his dismissal. In San Francisco, he will have no such personnel control.
He may not need it because the talent is there on the roster, it just needs to be utilized correctly. The 49ers will be hoping Kelly will be able to do just that, and bring some of that form he had with the Eagles in the early years, rather than continuing with the bad form he had in 2015.