49ers’ Arik Armstead is a Chip Kelly fan from their Oregon days

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The only 49ers player who has played for new head coach Chip Kelly is Arik Armstead, last year’s first-round draft pick out of Oregon. And Armstead is thrilled to play for Kelly again.

Kelly was criticized in Philadelphia for everything from his sports science program to a perception that he didn’t deal straightly with his players to allegations of racism. Armstead says all of those perceptions are wrong.

Of the sports science program, Armstead told the Sacramento Bee, “I thought it was pretty cool, the scientific aspect of football and how to get your bodies ready to play. I thought it was a cool thing.”

Armstead said that contrary to perceptions of Kelly as being less than forthright with players, his experience with Kelly showed complete honesty on the coach’s part. That started with Armstead’s recruiting, when he says Kelly openly acknowledged that he might leave Oregon to coach in the NFL.

“He told me during my home visit there was a possibility he might leave,” Armstead said. “I appreciated that honesty, him not lying to me and saying, ‘Yeah, I’m going to be here the whole time you’re here, blah, blah, blah.'”

And Armstead says that if any teammates ask about allegations of Kelly being racist, he’d reply that it’s ridiculous.

“If they did ask me, I would tell them they’re crazy for thinking that,” Armstead said. “I think that was more about his philosophy and not everyone agreeing with his way of doing things. He has his way of thinking and his way of coaching. And if you don’t buy into that, then I don’t think he really wants you to be a part of what they’re doing. That’s where that stems from.”

In Philadelphia, Kelly frequently clashed with players. In San Francisco, the only player who knows Kelly loves him.

15 responses to “49ers’ Arik Armstead is a Chip Kelly fan from their Oregon days

  1. For once I agree with Steven A. Smith. How Kelly landed another NFL HC job so soon is baffling. He pretty much destroyed a franchise single handedly, and is hired for another job within a few months? I know that he had some early success, buy the way it ended was bad. Figures it would be the organization that ran off a HC that made them relevant again, and got them to a Super Bowl. Good luck with that….

  2. You agree with Steven A Smith? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! OMG, there are 2 of you. That is HIlarious.

  3. He single handedly ruined a franchise? Took over a 4-12 team and had a winning record over 3 seasons. Frequently clashed with players? Oh the drama that is the comment section on any chip Kelly post.

  4. But wait: I thought everything Steven A. says is the absolute truth. Oh yeah, he’s the Al Sharpton of the sports world.

  5. So you work in the building? Or is this something you picked up on the comment section. Besides players that get traded and have a grudge I’ve not heard of frequent clashes with players.

  6. Ari, first off you spelled your name wrong.
    2nd, you were picked #17 overall (not your fault, thats your terrible GMs fault) and you did absolutely NOTHING!

    Focus on the field and living up to a wasted 1st round pick and leave the comments about the coaching staff to the Vets.

  7. Basically, Kelly had the same relationship with his players as probably 25 or more other coaches in the NFL had/have.
    When you are winning,it doesn’t matter. When you are losing, everybody starts questioning everything. Everything gets scrutinized and the tiniest details get blown out of proportion. Add to that stupid comments by some players to the press, and, suddenly, the coach is a weirdo that no one plays for. Then, the team goes out and beats (admittedly wounded, but still ) the Pats at New England. So the supposedly fractured locker room theory goes out of wack for awhile. I would not be surprised if the 49ers actually performed much better next year under Kelly.

  8. raiderrob21 says:
    Jan 26, 2016 6:32 PM
    Ari, first off you spelled your name wrong.
    2nd, you were picked #17 overall (not your fault, thats your terrible GMs fault) and you did absolutely NOTHING!

    Focus on the field and living up to a wasted 1st round pick and leave the comments about the coaching staff to the Vets.
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    Yeah, how dare he answer a direct question from a reporter. Good grief.

  9. macdega
    Jan 26, 2016, 17:10 PM CST
    But wait: I thought everything Steven A. says is the absolute truth. Oh yeah, he’s the Al Sharpton of the sports world.
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    Spoken like a true gentleman. I totally agree. Smith is pathetic and I’m glad people keep pointing this out. Let’s not forget it’s SF. How a team could go from the penthouse to the outhouse in a matter of 2 yrs is a sure sign of bad leadership. It mustn’t have been Harbaugh since he’s gone and they instantly sucked. They deserve everything they get. Could’ve hired Shanahan or Coughlin and instantly redeemed the team.

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