Things didn’t end well for Chip Kelly with the Eagles, but they appear to be off to a good start with the 49ers.
Kelly and the 49ers have wrapped up an offseason spent installing his offensive scheme and one of the players who figures to fill a major role on the unit says that he and his teammates have jumped on board. Running back Carlos Hyde has previously talked about his personal excitement about what Kelly does on offense and says that he thinks his teammates are feeling the same way after a couple of months working in the new system.
“It’s been great having Coach Kelly there,” Hyde said on Sirius XM NFL Radio with Bruce Murray and Maurice Jones-Drew. “I feel like the team has bought into his system. Even though it’s new to most guys, I’m kind of familiar with the system from college. But I definitely feel like everybody has bought into the system and guys are just really looking forward this season. Guys are really looking forward to making a name for themselves.”
Hyde should get every opportunity to do that in an offense that has generally given plenty of work to the No. 1 running back and Kelly’s said he plans to have Hyde more involved in the passing game than he has been over the last two seasons. How things will play out at other positions is less clear, but success for Hyde would be a good building block for the entire offense this season.