Former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is going to San Francisco.
49ers owner Jed York announced Thursday on Twitter that “after a thorough search,” the team has hired Kelly to become the 20th head coach in the history of the franchise. Kelly was in his third season with the Eagles when was abruptly fired just before the regular season finale. He finished his career in Philly, his first NFL gig, with a 26-21 overall record.
Kelly went 10-6 and won the NFC East in his rookie year, 2013, but never returned to the playoffs with the Eagles after that, despite posting another 10-6 record in 2014. He was 6-9 before being let go in 2015.
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“We are thrilled to announce Chip Kelly as the new head coach of the San Francisco 49ers,” 49ers CEO Jed York said. “Chip has a proven track record at both the college and NFL levels that speaks for itself. We believe strongly that he is the right man to get this team back to competing for championships. I look forward to watching Trent and Chip work closely to build a team that will make us all proud.”