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Chip Kelly avoids “crap,” focuses on collaboration

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Last year, then-new 49ers coach Jim Tomsula’s introductory press conference was followed by a very different interview with CSN Bay Area, during which he came off as a guy who had no desire to be there as he at times grunted his way through the one-on-one.

This year, there was no grunting from new 49ers coach Chip Kelly when he sat down with CSN Bay Area, but his first answer contained a colorful phrase.

“When you fall out of a boat, sometimes you land in crap and sometimes you land in San Francisco,” Kelly said.

He also said, “For me, it was the best opportunity out there.” Which probably is true, since there was no other opportunity out there for Kelly. Unless he turned down the chance to interview with other teams, the 49ers were the only team that talked to him in a face-to-face setting.

During Wednesday’s press conference, Kelly evaded a question about the lessons learned from getting fired in Philadelphia, calling the process an “autopsy” that he had not yet completed. With CSN Bay Area, he initially tried to defer on the topic as well, but then he shared one specific observation about his experience in Philadelphia.

“Communication is key no matter what organization you’re in,” Kelly said. “And how you communicate your vision in terms of what’s going on. And for me it was to make sure in my next situation that collaboratively I was on the same page. And I really feel like I am with [owner] Jed [York] and [G.M.] Trent [Baalke].”

Kelly said that the communication applies in all directions, above him and below him in the organization. Later in the interview, he coincidentally (or not) mentioned “collaboration” on multiple occasions when talking about his coaching staff in Philadelphia.

Specifically, he said his offense at Oregon was different from his offense with the Eagles because the offense in Philly was a “collaboration” of various offensive philosophies, and he added this “oh by the way” at the end of his response: “We finished first, sixth and 12th in total offense in all three years, and we’ve been really ranked in the top five in almost every category.”

Those numbers won’t matter if the 49ers can’t compete with the Cardinals, Seahawks, and Rams for division titles — and if the 49ers can’t become the serious contender they were under coach Jim Harbaugh. York has said he wants a coach who will win Super Bowls, and Kelly’s three NFL seasons entailed a single one-and-done wild-card appearance.

Unless things change quickly, he’ll be falling out of the boat again. And landing in San Francisco won’t be an option the next time.

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38 Responses to “Chip Kelly avoids “crap,” focuses on collaboration”
  1. pencilmonkeymagic says: Jan 21, 2016 8:46 AM

    That first comment from Kelly is comedy gold!

  2. filmex2000 says: Jan 21, 2016 8:46 AM

    If Chip is really on the same page with Jed York and Trent Baalke, then he best be advised that he is standing on quicksand, not a beach in Rio.

  3. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Jan 21, 2016 8:51 AM

    What a mess this will turn into.

    I love it, two free divisional wins.

  4. weepingjebus says: Jan 21, 2016 8:53 AM

    He sounds like a deranged 90s consultant wearing a headset with an oversized battery pack on his belt. Niners players can expect a lot of trust falls and corporate pictuonary.

  5. pamperpro says: Jan 21, 2016 9:02 AM

    Avoids crap? He just stepped in it……..

  6. tonyromo1sbl says: Jan 21, 2016 9:04 AM

    Oh this is going to be fun. They are stuck with Kap next season and Chip is going to try and run that dumb-ass college offense.

  7. niners816 says: Jan 21, 2016 9:04 AM

    Unless things change quickly, he’ll be falling out of the boat again. And landing in San Francisco won’t be an option the next time.
    ————
    Florio, I know you’re a hater of the Niners and I think it’s cute when you try to take jabs at them. Things have already started to change quickly. They fired 10 assistants who shouldn’t even been on the staff, they picked up the top receiver from the CFL, low cost high reward, and Chip isn’t doing anything other than coaching. Yes, we still have Baalke and Jed, but they also have a ton of cap space and a high draft pick. We know about Baalke’s draft busts, but this is make or break for him, so I think he will do well in the draft. And before you go nuts on the Seahawks, after next year, they will be one of the bottom teams when it comes to cap space. The Cardinals window of opportunity is right now, and then they will be rebuilding. And the Rams, as good as their defense is, as long as Jeff Fisher is their coach, they are going nowhere. The Niners are turning this around right now, and they will be a contender soon.

  8. chrisk61 says: Jan 21, 2016 9:05 AM

    great observation about the difference between the divisions. the nfc east is BAD and Kelly couldn’t seize control of it. now he is in a much tougher div with ariz and seattle. good luck.

    he is a speed, finesse guy. his philly teams weren’t tough and physical. and he made a huge mistake in philly in hiring billy davis as DC.

    it will be interesting to see who his SF qb is. he needs a very smart guy to run his offense. and I wouldn’t call kaep smart. more like dumb as a stump.

  9. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Jan 21, 2016 9:14 AM

    another oh by the way chippah would be that a lot of the offensive numbers this year come from cheap yards gained after the game is lost and other team is defending the clock rather than the field.

    and oh by the way tell them how your squad lost twice to the kirk cousins-led washington redskins (the second time at home with a playoff berth on the line)…..

    and evan mathis sends his regards from the afc championship game…..

  10. eagleswin says: Jan 21, 2016 9:30 AM

    2013 – Eagles 2nd in yards/play
    2014 – Eagles 11th in yards/play
    2015 – Eagles 24th in yards/play

    Part of the problem is that the 2014 offense was identical to the 2013 offense. Coaches in the NFL catch on to schemes, unlike in college. Running the 2013 offense in 2015 was just pure folly. Opposing players were calling out plays before they were run during the first part of the season because Kelly was predictable.

    Part of the reason the Eagles stats don’t look worse for 2015 was that the Eagles were on the wrong end of several blow outs and racked up plenty of garbage time yards.

    Honestly, if Kelly hadn’t put his head in the sand at the beginning of the year by insisting that there was nothing wrong with his scheme, play calling, and personnel decisions the Eagles would’ve had a chance to win the division before getting bounced in the first round.

  11. ninerfan81 says: Jan 21, 2016 9:45 AM

    yeah yeah yeah Chip, put up or shut up…

  12. 61veloce says: Jan 21, 2016 9:46 AM

    Thanks for leaving the Eagles in a pile of “crap”, Chip. We really appreciate it. Glad it all worked out for you, since that what it always seems to be about.

  13. sf69ers says: Jan 21, 2016 9:48 AM

    The 49ers actually managed to win 5 games under tomsula. There’s still some talent left on the roster. With a ton of cap space and a lot of draft picks, San Francisco was a good landing spot. Chip Kelly at least continues to make the nfc west such an exciting division to watch.

  14. fredjstanley says: Jan 21, 2016 9:58 AM

    1st, 6th then 12th.. So Chip admits the Eagles offense significantly regressed each year he was there while the league caught on?

  15. goodellsucks43 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:00 AM

    Eagles and 49ers made a switch. The 49ers got Chip and the Eagles got a guy who’s going to have about as much success as Tomsula.

  16. shakethenbake says: Jan 21, 2016 10:01 AM

    consistency……………………..!

  17. RegisHawk says: Jan 21, 2016 10:04 AM

    Avoid crap? I guess he’ll be coaching from the booth then…

  18. mogogo1 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:06 AM

    “We know about Baalke’s draft busts, but this is make or break for him, so I think he will do well in the draft.”

    So, the theory is that he really didn’t try other drafts but will now since it’s make or break? Not that he’s totally inept as demonstrated by his horrible results?

  19. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:07 AM

    Arizona …Seattle and even the new Los Angeles Rams will crush Chip and his high tempo gimmics. EVERYBODY now has film on him…and I don’t see him coming up with anything new.

  20. blakeden says: Jan 21, 2016 10:15 AM

    One of the previous posters stated he feels Baalke will have a good draft because his job could depend on it…That dog doesn’t hunt. You mean he only drafts good when his job is on the line?….Baalke is a putz. Chip Ahoy is only as good as his record says he is. So the court is out on that one….

  21. pinkmist4 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:18 AM

    The more I hear him talk, the more I think this is going to blow up in his face. Still comes off like he’s pointing fingers instead of taking responsibility. That, and all 3 of his division opponents have a top 10 calibre D……

  22. 1eyedIdaho says: Jan 21, 2016 10:19 AM

    Pretty obvious a lot of these post’s are disgruntled Philly fan’s and I can’t blame them for negative posts, but I’m very optimistic about next season. After the way they handled things after Harbaugh this gives us a ray of light at least.

  23. natureboy123 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:20 AM

    ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Jan 21, 2016 8:51 AM
    What a mess this will turn into.

    I love it, two free divisional wins.
    +++
    I plan to post this exact thing again in two years when Kelly has won his first NFC West title and the Seattle Seahawks are 7-9 from free agent defections and ego.

    A LOT OF FREAKING POSTERS on here are going to be eating crow with these comments about Kelly. Failure is the best motivator. And his failure in Philadelphia is going to produce a determined Kelly for the 49ers.

    Mark my words.

  24. clk320cpe says: Jan 21, 2016 10:21 AM

    Chip Kelly is in over his head with grown men to coach. In college where the coach is king, his temperament & arrogant style is regularly accepted he did fairly well but once the players are the stars as in NFL ball, guys like Kelly will eventually & almost always fail.

    Chip Kelly isn’t anywhere near as special as Chip Kelly thinks he is.

  25. intrafinesse says: Jan 21, 2016 10:25 AM

    >>Those numbers won’t matter if the 49ers can’t compete with the Cardinals, Seahawks, and Rams for division titles

    How can they be expected to compete with the Seahawks and Cardinals, when those teams have drafted well and have good and young players. (especially the Seahawks)

    I’d say first fix the QB and get the team back to 500. The GM has a major impact on this. A good HC can only do so much with bad players. Give Belichick the Titans and he may win a couple more games, but he’s not going to the playoffs.

  26. charliecharger says: Jan 21, 2016 10:42 AM

    Whether or not Kelly could have gotten another job is a crazy notion. Bill Walsh was available for years before Eddie DeBartolo hired him. The great Paul Brown passed Walsh up for Bill Johnson. Every single NFL owner passed him up. There have been some really bad hires in NFL history. It’s not as if these owners have any clue in the world about football. The fact that the NFL owner might not have considered Kelly, isn’t necessarily a statement about the man’s ability to coach, but rather the owner’s inability to hire a good coach. Kelly is a winner. The Eagles’ organization is the biggest joke in the NFL right now. The only thing Kelly could have learned from that experience is to stay away from Philly. He’s just too classy a guy to say anything.

  27. xnihilofan says: Jan 21, 2016 10:53 AM

    I’ll admit I was adamantly opposed to the hiring of Kelly. But listening to him and even to others it’s clear he has a high football IQ —— and after enduring the bumblings of Tomsula it’s refreshing to hear a coach ‘sound’ like an NFL head coach.

    That being said I tip my hat to Baalke and Jed. No more, no less. Kelly seems to be the just right amount of crazy.

  28. mancave001 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:55 AM

    This really confirms somethings for me. First, it’s clear that he second guessed his own philosophy on offense after a while, which became evidence in his play calling and scheme over the years. The 2013 offense was new, I grant you. But it was also dynamic and unconventional at times. 2014 was less so, and this year was as predictable and bland as I’ve ever seen. I really think Chip got gun shy from all the “your offense won’t work in the NFL” talk. He doubted himself.

    The other things it confirms is that Chip knew he made mistakes with interpersonal relations. He never respected Howie (though you can’t blame him for that–Howie blows), and let the power struggle get out of hand. It started infecting everything. Chip knew he was getting canned by mid-season.

  29. coachwolf49 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:58 AM

    This site is loaded with trolls from various teams, jealous again that the 49ers will quickly rise to the top. 12 draft picks, 21 in two years. $50M under the cap and a coach who knows how to use Kap’s unique abilities that led him to 4 playoff wins, over 10,000 yards passing, an 88.8 passer rating, and 56 TDs along with only 26 Ints. Don’t forget his record setting performance either. Kap is back. Eat your hearts out.

  30. clk320cpe says: Jan 21, 2016 11:12 AM

    “Kelly is a winner. ”

    Where has Kelly been a winner?

    Did he win a NC at Oregon?
    Did he win any championships at any level?
    Had he ever worked & had success working as an assistant on any NFL roster before the Eagles?
    In his 3 NFL seasons, he went 26-21 after starting 20-12, qualified for the playoffs once & lost.
    How many NFL playoff wins does Chip Kelly have?

    Not sure what you use for the measure of a coach or a franchise being a winner but shouldn’t a coach have won SOMETHING before labeling him a winner. Also you call a franchise that in the last 15 years qualified for 5 NFC champ games & a SB appearance a joke. Based upon facts, the Lurie era Eagles have been a much bigger success than Chip Kelly has proven to be.

    Something here about the logic being used to kill the Eagles & defend Kelly that is a lot like milk in the refrigerator 2 weeks past it’s date…it stinks.

  31. silvernblacksabbath says: Jan 21, 2016 11:20 AM

    Its best to avoid feces…

  32. bucs4redskinsname says: Jan 21, 2016 11:42 AM

    As a Michigan fan I just want to thank the 49ers front office. Now as a bonus watching this train-wreck is icing on the cake.

  33. niners806 says: Jan 21, 2016 11:46 AM

    Weren’t the Eagles 4-12 before Chip got there? Now the Eagles hire a coach that didn’t even call plays under Andy Reid smh Good luck with that Eagle fans lol

  34. dontouchmyjunk says: Jan 21, 2016 12:00 PM

    This is going to be fun to watch for a while. Then it will just turn ugly. Sorry Bay area fans, you’re in for a rocky road. Build the Raiders a stadium. They’ll be your competitive team for now.

  35. granadafan says: Jan 21, 2016 12:07 PM

    You won’t hear 49ers fans claiming that Chip is “smarter than everyone else” like Eagles fans were universally chirping. We’re cautiously optimistic about the next few years given his failure in Philly. Has he learned from his mistakes or will he be pig headed about HIS system. The biggest hurdle will be whether he can get along with the ginormous ego of Baalke.

  36. abninf says: Jan 21, 2016 12:08 PM

    “When you fall out of a boat, sometimes you land in crap and sometimes you land in San Francisco,” Kelly said.
    ===============================

    Well, I’ve been to San Francisco. Some of the things I saw there have ruined me for life.

  37. mmack66 says: Jan 21, 2016 12:29 PM

    I like how he said crap instead of Philadelphia, and everyone knew what he was talking about.

  38. jmc8888 says: Jan 21, 2016 1:16 PM

    coachwolf49 says:
    Jan 21, 2016 10:58 AM

    This site is loaded with trolls from various teams, jealous again that the 49ers will quickly rise to the top. 12 draft picks, 21 in two years. $50M under the cap and a coach who knows how to use Kap’s unique abilities that led him to 4 playoff wins, over 10,000 yards passing, an 88.8 passer rating, and 56 TDs along with only 26 Ints. Don’t forget his record setting performance either. Kap is back. Eat your hearts out.

    —————-
    You’ve got it backwards….

    Kelly runs a college offense that can utilize a quick minded, accurate, athletic QB.

    Kaep is only 1 of those 3. He sucked because he cannot make reads. Kelly’s offense is ALL ABOUT READS. He’s going to ask more of Kaep then Harbaugh or Chryst/Tomsula did combined.

    That and with the extra runs, he’s going to get pounded more in this offense then any other.

    He’s got the athletic part, but Bradford could run his offense in the NFL far superior to Kaep… and Bradford overall isn’t very good. You’ll see.

    Late throws (like the pick sixes to AZ) or simply not making a throw because he’s being asked to make reads faster then he is capable of. He’s going to be asked to do things he cannot do, because when Tomsula/Harbaugh asked him to do it… they couldn’t. Harbaugh limited him, Chip NEEDS the opposite.

    Just about everyone is under the cap. Which means you will be competing with everyone else. You must know that’s a reality, since you’ve seen the Raiders have a ton of cap space and whiff on many guys because they simply don’t want to play there. That may be changing in Oakland, but it’s full on in play for the 49ers.

    Kaep is back? He was benched and hasn’t played yet.

    Don’t forget the 49ers have had quite a few draft picks, and they haven’t panned out, so it’s more of the same. More opportunities to draft the right guy, and maybe you will, but IF the past is an indicator, the extra picks for Baalke will still net less then average amount of talent.

    No one is eating their hearts out, and if you want some weak NFL fans to do that, then Kaep and Chip have to be successful, and they won’t play a game for another ~8 months.

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