After finishing 4-12 last season and benching quarterback Colin Kapernick at the halfway mark of the season, the San Francisco 49ers have a lot of decisions to make this offseason.
One decision that the team does not have to worry about is naming a new head coach. The team hired former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly to become the teams new head coach.
In his three seasons with the Eagles, Kelly had a record of 26-21. He has taken the team to the playoffs in his first season with a record of 10-6, winning the NFC East.
Yet Kelly missed the playoffs twice with a record of 10-6 and 6-9. Over his time in Philadelphia, he is known for not making smart decisions when it comes to the offense.
Even though Kelly got fired, he is still a solid NFL coach. Kelly is a good offensive mind bringing the college offense to the NFL that involve the quarterback being able to run out of the pocket effectively.
It did not work for Eagles, but it works for someone like Kapernick. He fits the mold for the type of quarterback Kelly wants, someone who can make plays out of the pocket effectively.
The team made a good move with the hiring of Kelly, it has its up side and its down side. One upside of hiring Kelly is it gives the teams offense a fresh new start with the college system that Kelly runs. The downside about this hiring is that Kelly’s offensive system sometimes does not work out and flat out does not produce any offense.
Chip Kelly should be happy that another team decided to give him another chance of becoming a head coach. Now that Kelly has gotten the chance, he will have to produce wins and playoff births with the 49ers. If he can produce successful season after successful season, this will be a good hiring for the team.
If anyone should be happy about this hiring its backup quarterback Colin Kapernick. Last season the coaching staff tried making him a pocket passer which was obviously a fail. This ended up with him getting benched and on injured reserve. Now with the hiring and the Kelly offense, Kapernick has the chance to be the scrambling quarterback that he was when he was leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl. Kapernick’s play style fits Kelly’s offense, so good chance he has a bounce back season this upcoming season.