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Mike Vrabel turns down chance to join San Francisco 49ers as defensive coordinator

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It didn't take Chip Kelly long to land on his feet after being fired by the Philadelphia Eagles back in December.

By mid-January, the 52-year-old had been named the new head coach at the San Francisco 49ers and he has set about putting his house in order at the Bay Area franchise ever since.

Rejected

Unfortunately, Kelly's plans hit a snag today after reports revealed his number one choice to fill the position of defensive coordinator had turned down the role.

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As reported by 957 The Game's John Middlekauff, Houston Texans linebacker coach Mike Vrabel has turned down the chance to become the 49ers' defensive coordinator.

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Vrabel went as far as meeting with Kelly on Tuesday of this week, ESPN reports, but ultimately rejected the chance for a bigger role in San Francisco than he will return to in Houston.

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As a result, he is now likely to be handed a new contract with the Texans, a franchise he helped to rank third in total defense for the 2015 season.

Search continues

As for the Niners, the NFC West team will have to carry on their search as Kelly looks to put together his staff for the 2016 campaign.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the only other candidate outside of Vrabel is the man who fulfilled the DC role in 2015 - Eric Mangini. 

With the 49ers having ranked 29th in the league in total defense this past season, keeping him on board might not be met with much enthusiasm by fans of the franchise.

49ers fans: Do you have faith Chip Kelly can turn things around? What is the biggest current issue? Have your say in the comments below...

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San Francisco 49ers
Colin Kaepernick
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