It was reportedly that former Oregon and Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly had met with Alabama officials early this week, with the context of the meeting being unknown. However, another meeting that Kelly took on Thursday has known context; Kelly reportedly met with the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday to discuss their head coaching vacancy.
CSN Bay Area reported that Kelly and Buffalo Bills RB coach Anthony Lynn met with the 49ers on Thursday, both about the head coaching job. ESPN’s Adam Schefter later confirmed that report, adding that Cleveland Browns assistant John Defilippo was meeting with San Francisco on Friday.
This all comes after San Francisco fired head coach Jim Tomsula after just one year. Tomsula had taken over the team after they parted ways with former head coach Jim Harbaugh.
Kelly would certainly be an interesting choice in San Francisco, as quarterback Colin Kaepernick would be an interesting fit in Kelly’s offensive system. However — like in Philadelphia before his firing — Kelly would be embroiled in another quarterback controversy, as Blaine Gabbert actually played strongly as San Francisco’s starter to close the season.
Whoever the 49ers hire, they better hope that person can clean up the mess that has existed in San Francisco ever since the team’s falling out with Harbaugh.