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49ers announce Chip Kelly has been fired

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 13:  Head coach Chip Kelly of the San Francisco 49ers watches the action during the second quarter of the NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on November 13, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images) Getty Images

Chip Kelly is fired. Again.

Two hours after Kelly’s 49ers finished their season at 2-14, the team announced that Kelly has been fired. It’s the second year in a row that Kelly has been fired, after he was fired by the Eagles last year. It’s also the second year in a row that the 49ers have fired their coach after just one season, having done the same to Jim Tomsula last year.

“Chip has my gratitude for the job he did this year, navigating the team through some adverse circumstances,” 49ers owner Jed York said in a statement. “I look forward to watching his career continue to unfold, and wish him and Jill great success in life.”

The 49ers also confirmed that G.M. Trent Baalke was fired.

Kelly’s future in coaching is a major question in the football world. At Oregon, Kelly was considered perhaps the single most innovative coach in the entire sport. But in the NFL he’s been a major disappointment. It remains to be seen whether his next job will be in the NFL or in college, and whether he’ll get another head coaching job or whether he’ll have to settle for being an offensive coordinator.

The 49ers will now begin the search for a new G.M. and then a new coach.

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76 Responses to “49ers announce Chip Kelly has been fired”
  1. raiderrob21 says: Jan 1, 2017 9:45 PM

    The dumpster fire in Santa Clara has truly reached epic proportions!

  2. alfredogarciashead says: Jan 1, 2017 9:48 PM

    When do they announce that Jed York has been fired to complete the trifecta?

  3. reddzen says: Jan 1, 2017 9:49 PM

    Right move. Not a very good head coach. And I am not a 49ers fan. But they do have a legacy that deserves better.

  4. playedthegame32 says: Jan 1, 2017 9:51 PM

    Next year it will be 4 coaches in 4 years….SMH

  5. tonebones says: Jan 1, 2017 9:52 PM

    Generally it’s a negative thing to get fired, but I’ll bet Kelly is relieved. Kelly is a guy who actually knows a lot about football. It’s probably hard for him to keep a straight face when he’s in a meeting with Baalke and Baalke starts talking football. Chip is probably looking around the room waiting for everyone to start laughing, but they all have serious looks on their faces. OMG!

  6. sundog05 says: Jan 1, 2017 9:52 PM

    Ya…Harbaugh was terrible, Jed….

  7. ryder09 says: Jan 1, 2017 9:52 PM

    his offense was figured out in less than a year. It was never going to last in the pros.

  8. twinfan24 says: Jan 1, 2017 9:53 PM

    Sit back for a season, let the Eagles and Niners argue about who is paying how much, collect your money and go back to college the following season.

  9. ikeclanton says: Jan 1, 2017 9:53 PM

    Bring back Tom Jimsula or whatever his name was.

  10. snowyphile says: Jan 1, 2017 9:53 PM

    That’ll be the day Jerry Jones fires himself.

  11. gobolts says: Jan 1, 2017 9:53 PM

    Chip Kelly is a failure as an NFL head coach, which makes him a perfect candidate for the Chargers.

    ~a Chargers fan.

  12. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 1, 2017 9:53 PM

    Tbis is like hiring an architect to build a structure while the current structure is burning out of control, and then firing him because the current structure burned down under his watch.

  13. Dreaded Parakeet says: Jan 1, 2017 9:54 PM

    Time to clean house. CK better be part of the cleanup.

  14. tom4121 says: Jan 1, 2017 9:54 PM

    eagles fans warned the niners fans…I loved it when the SanFran media was shilling for the fat little fraud last year…lets see if another NFL moron owner decides to hire this college boy coach again

  15. cornhusker44 says: Jan 1, 2017 9:54 PM

    We make the Browns look stable and rational. What an embarrassment, Jed you must be so proud. 😦

  16. fredsingleton says: Jan 1, 2017 9:54 PM

    Back to college football

  17. faithful49er707 says: Jan 1, 2017 9:55 PM

    Not his fault

    The roster is horrendous outside of Bowman, Staley and give or take name or two at most.

    Also didn’t help when he schemed plays for practice squad WR’s and his QB couldn’t hit the WIDE open WR.

  18. trainwrecksryan says: Jan 1, 2017 9:55 PM

    OK so where we at with coaching vacancies?

    Bills
    49ers
    Chargers
    Broncos
    Jaguars

    Anyone I’m forgetting? There may be more firings coming too…

    Which of the above franchises is closest to turning it around I wonder.

  19. carloswlassiter says: Jan 1, 2017 9:55 PM

    Who in their right mind would want to work for Jed York?

    It will have to be someone desperate for a job with literally no other options.

  20. ctiggs says: Jan 1, 2017 9:56 PM

    Black sunday now these days. I hope jeds ego wont get in the way and he hires the best GM out there who hires a great mind as a coach. We will always be faithful evem with our terrible front office #goNiners #nobodyhasitbetterthanus

  21. fumblenuts says: Jan 1, 2017 9:56 PM

    GO BACK TO COLLEGE!!!

  22. questionableprovenance says: Jan 1, 2017 9:58 PM

    He should have taken a knee during the National Anthem. Then, instead of being fired, he would have been praised for his courage.

  23. ralphwilsonisrich says: Jan 1, 2017 9:59 PM

    Argo’s

  24. steelbreeze676 says: Jan 1, 2017 10:00 PM

    Can this team move to Las Vegas and sell the stadium to the Raiders?

  25. unbiased8383 says: Jan 1, 2017 10:00 PM

    Steve Spurrier Jr.

  26. pgolf3 says: Jan 1, 2017 10:01 PM

    Note to all teams;

    Please do not interview C kelly , the fan base of the league cannot take another yr of this idiot…

  27. curmudgeon13 says: Jan 1, 2017 10:02 PM

    What happens to Cubanick?…..

  28. faithful49er707 says: Jan 1, 2017 10:03 PM

    @raiderrob

    You troll every 9ER thread.

    But you would know a dumpster fire better then anybody here I imagine. Considering your team is on the verge of claiming its 3rd city as its home and is on the verge of its first playoff appearance since Facebook or Twitter has existed.

    Enjoy this last week of the 2016-2017 Oakland Haters football.

  29. connfyoozed says: Jan 1, 2017 10:03 PM

    Chip Kelly knows everything about football. Just ask him, he’ll tell you. What an complete failure he has turned out to be as an NFL head coach.

  30. nomoreseasontix says: Jan 1, 2017 10:04 PM

    Chip should be happy he’ll be paid to stay away from the clown show.
    Of course, he was one of the clowns.
    Good luck at North Texas Valley Tech…

  31. xpensivewinos says: Jan 1, 2017 10:04 PM

    This guy has made an astronomical amount of money for a guy no one can stand……

  32. a1b24312 says: Jan 1, 2017 10:08 PM

    Waiting on possible news from Chicago. Maybe even Indianapolis. Even though Bengals said he would not get another extension, it would not surprise me if they can Lewis. The Danny of the Redskins is unpredictable butut woukd not surprise me if JGruden gets the canny. And maybe Arians gets coaxed to retirement.

    Shocked the Browns will not make changes. Hue isnt a great coach but their real issue is personnel evaluation. Same with Buffalo (where Lynn’s fawning increasingly makes me wonder as it confirms that he snitched on Rex. Not defending Rex – he has his issues – but you do not undercut your HC. Besides, Lynn does not even half a year as a coordinator in experience.

  33. duffelbagsports says: Jan 1, 2017 10:09 PM

    It seems just a few years ago he was the hottest candidate out there

  34. bartpkelly says: Jan 1, 2017 10:10 PM

    Why would he get an offensive coordinator job? It is that that got him hired and it is that which has shown his offense is not NFL ready.

  35. cadreamer1969 says: Jan 1, 2017 10:10 PM

    Snitching to the media and being too gutless to tell Kelly himself is classless and hardly shows you have any respect for him. Keep lying.

    “I have informed Trent and Chip of my decision to pursue new leadership for our football team,” said York. “These types of conversations are never easy, especially when they involve people you respect personally and professionally.

  36. ironicskepticalcomment says: Jan 1, 2017 10:11 PM

    Kaepernick is still an idiot!

    Should be the first cut for the new coach.

  37. immafubared says: Jan 1, 2017 10:11 PM

    With the dink there I wouldn’t take that job too much distration

  38. killitandeatit says: Jan 1, 2017 10:15 PM

    Kelly is a tough North Easterner ,he will be fine and he is rich. He does love football and will soon be coaching again ,probably college. Thanks for trying but it wasn’t working.

  39. peytonmanningshghconnection says: Jan 1, 2017 10:17 PM

    Hey Chip horseface in Denver is on line one, you know because he is a football genius and everything. He’s offering $150,000, a 10% stake in a VW dealership and a retired Raiders cheerleader.

  40. metalhead65 says: Jan 1, 2017 10:19 PM

    the guy had no chance with the roster he inherited and the people running the show who have no clue. they will never win changing coaches every season. I do not think you should write off Kelly just yet when has not really been given a chance. he had 1 losing season with the eagles and anybody who holds this season against him is even dumber than the morons who run the 49er’s. I am pretty sure he is not worried about his next job with the money he will be getting for not coaching this year. who that is any good is going to want a job with this team? they will suck for years.

  41. goldrush36 says: Jan 1, 2017 10:20 PM

    My money is going on the Shannahans being the replacements. Which while I’m not crazy of would be an improvement for talent and at the least a lateral move for HC so it’s still an upgrade

  42. war27 says: Jan 1, 2017 10:20 PM

    Next we will bring in a coach we can pay peanuts.

    I mean who cares, we got our stadium.

  43. curmudgeon13 says: Jan 1, 2017 10:26 PM

    Mike Holmgren can fix this….

  44. bringbackkosar says: Jan 1, 2017 10:30 PM

    Has Haslam offered him the CLE job yet?

  45. bobbyhoying says: Jan 1, 2017 10:32 PM

    How is it fair to say Kelly was unsuccessful in the NFL? His overall record with the Eagles was over .500. After the Eagles fired him they traded the house for a franchise QB. That’s exactly what Kelly wanted to do but for which he wss roundly criticized. Who on this earth could have had success with the circus and lack of talent in SF?

  46. neolith80 says: Jan 1, 2017 10:32 PM

    San Fran is rapidly devolving into Cleveland West. Consecutive one year coaches! That’s how you set your franchise back a decade. Awful, awful management.

  47. jongrudenstolemypatiofurniture says: Jan 1, 2017 10:34 PM

    Cue the Ryan twins riding their black stallions to save the 49ers.

  48. gobolts says: Jan 1, 2017 10:34 PM

    The NFL should institute the Kelly Rule, its similar to the Rooney Rule, except teams have to interview failed coaches.

  49. tonebones says: Jan 1, 2017 10:35 PM

    bobbyhoying says:
    Jan 1, 2017 10:32 PM
    How is it fair to say Kelly was unsuccessful in the NFL? His overall record with the Eagles was over .500. After the Eagles fired him they traded the house for a franchise QB. That’s exactly what Kelly wanted to do but for which he wss roundly criticized. Who on this earth could have had success with the circus and lack of talent in SF?

    **************************
    Don’t let it bother you. They said the same thing about Belichick when he was fired in Cleveland.

  50. maust1013 says: Jan 1, 2017 10:35 PM

    “Kelly’s future in coaching is a major question in the football world.”

    But out here in the real world his future is plenty secure and working for York and Baalke while having the Kaepernick circus going on around him and coaching a roster bereft of talent he earned every dime.

  51. a1b24312 says: Jan 1, 2017 10:38 PM

    Can Bruce Bochy coach football?

  52. pondbridge says: Jan 1, 2017 10:42 PM

    Chip, make your next career move into labor law and argue in court that you get to double dip from BOTH Yiggles and the Niners.

  53. thetooloftools says: Jan 1, 2017 10:43 PM

    Just a damn shame.

  54. culturalelitist says: Jan 1, 2017 10:44 PM

    I could see Kelly working for Tom Coughlin, as Coughlin’s offensive coordiantor. Years ago, when he first got the Jaguars job, Coughlin tabbed Kevin Gilbride as his offensive coordinator. Gilbride had been exclusively associated with the Run and Shoot Offense, but Coughlin – merging his offensive system with some run and shoot touches, helped Gilbride become a respected offensive coordinator. Kelly seems like a similar project, and one who could help Coughlin, while helping himself as well.

  55. nynbkfarsuperiorx says: Jan 1, 2017 10:48 PM

    trainwrecksryan says:
    Jan 1, 2017 9:55 PM
    OK so where we at with coaching vacancies?

    Bills
    49ers
    Chargers
    Broncos
    Jaguars

    Anyone I’m forgetting? There may be more firings coming too…

    Which of the above franchises is closest to turning it around I wonder.
    ————-
    1.Jax young talent lost some close games plus play in a weak division probably a Tom Coughlin away from making the playoffs
    2.Broncos a decent QB away from contention
    3.Chargers just a ton of injuries
    4.Niners just have a lot of needs
    5.Bills wont be successful until Brady and/or Belichick are out of the division

  56. cornhusker44 says: Jan 1, 2017 10:51 PM

    The last coach we had who went 2-14 in his first season was a guy called Bill Walsh. Just sayin….

  57. deneb1973 says: Jan 1, 2017 10:57 PM

    This is not about Kelly or Baalke; it’s about 36 year old Jed York who has dismantled a proud franchise with the approval of his father and mother. Jed York’s incompetence dwarfs Jim Irsay’s (I never thought I would find anyone who was worse than Irsay – but then Woody in NY began to exhibit the same demigod tendencies). Jed York has taken childish arrogance to a new level! Jed has demonstrated his clueless approach to a business that has left more than fifty families – coaches and support personnel – without a stable future, left fans fuming and probably embarrassed his parents. Incredible that John York is letting this continue. I was once a proud 49er fan; now I’m just embarrassed.

  58. Centered00 says: Jan 1, 2017 10:58 PM

    To Jed York…Fire Thyself.
    It’s the only way to right the ship.

  59. atwaterslaughter says: Jan 1, 2017 10:58 PM

    I think he means he looks forward to watching his career “unravel”.

  60. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Jan 1, 2017 10:59 PM

    Let me tell you a story about a man named Jed
    Ran his franchise in the ground and left them for dead
    Candlestick Park was where they used to play
    Till he loaded up the truck and moved further down the bay

    This proud franchise has become a big bust
    Uncle Eddie’s shaking his head in pure disgust
    Save the team and fans from this living hell
    Jed and the Yorks should go ahead and sell…the team that is

  61. donbat67 says: Jan 1, 2017 11:02 PM

    trainwrecksryan you forgot about the Rams ,that’s 3 of 4 Cali teams that have no coach .When the Raiders are the example of stability you got a problem .

  62. 26predator says: Jan 1, 2017 11:02 PM

    curmudgeon13 says:
    Jan 1, 2017 10:26 PM

    Mike Holmgren can fix this….

    The guy who gave away Julio Jones for some “magic” beans while in Cleveland? K.

    #retread

  63. snccoach says: Jan 1, 2017 11:19 PM

    Congrats to the 49ers. You let an egotistical GM run off the best coach you’ve had since the Walsh/Seifert era for that dumpster fire. Will never understand how ownership allows this kind of madness.

  64. TheNaturalMevs says: Jan 1, 2017 11:27 PM

    Trent Baalke – the Joe Biden of GM’s. Just a footnote in the firing lol!

  65. fordmandalay says: Jan 1, 2017 11:35 PM

    And the NFL coaching merry-go-round begins to spin again, with the same old faces just going to different teams. Payton, Fisher, Coughlin, Ryan, and how many others will be fired and then snapped up quickly and given JUST ONE MORE CHANCE with another failure of a team. Fortunately not Shanarat again though, he finally wore out his welcome.

  66. buttfumbles says: Jan 1, 2017 11:46 PM

    Every year a new coach!

  67. tebow420 says: Jan 2, 2017 12:04 AM

    Brian Kelly line 1

  68. joenash72 says: Jan 2, 2017 12:10 AM

    Jed York

    Born on third base

    Thinks he hit a triple

  69. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 2, 2017 12:23 AM

    Eagles and Bradford both better without Kelly as coach.

  70. stagedoorjohnny says: Jan 2, 2017 12:50 AM

    This move was alreay out in the news Saturday night.
    A real crappy move by a crappy organization in a crappy timeline.
    Sure, bow down to Kaepernick and his absolutely self-serving ways that distracts the team but fires a coach after a game that most knew he was gone.
    A real crappy move by a crappy organization.

  71. z0inks says: Jan 2, 2017 12:56 AM

    Apparently the Yorks didn’t get the memo about how innovative and unstoppable Kelly’s system is.

    Apparently NFL defenses didn’t get the memo either.

  72. thermalito says: Jan 2, 2017 1:34 AM

    Getting rid of the worst coach and the worst GM in the league a step in the right direction. Now if only they can get rid of Fidel Kaepernick and Jed gets hit by a speeding truck I could have some serious optimism about the team going forward

  73. brohamma says: Jan 2, 2017 3:17 AM

    With Josh McDaniels, possibly, leaving New England for a head coaching job – I think it is not completely out of the realm of possibility that Coach B. gives Chip Kelly a shot at the OC job.

    Granted, I’m quite sure it would be with rather limited control.. but it is well known that Kelly and Coach B. are familiar with one another.

  74. gogreenbiotch says: Jan 2, 2017 4:14 AM

    Chip Kelly should win coach of the year for the 49ers scoring an offensive touchdown with how bad that roster is. Funny how teams that fire coaches every year are always bad. What great job this ownership group in San Francisco has done.

  75. RegisHawk says: Jan 2, 2017 4:34 AM

    Apparently Chip’s special talent was making fans wish for Jim Tomsula…

  76. kcflake says: Jan 2, 2017 7:40 AM

    I think Chip has proven he is a college coach. He needs to head back to college for his next job.

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