Geep Chryst Reportedly Fired by 49ers: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 19, 2016

Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; San Francisco 49ers coach Geep Chryst during the second half of the 2013 NFC Championship football game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 23-17 to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Geep Chryst's tenure as offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers may have come to an abrupt end, as Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported the team fired the veteran coach Tuesday.

Chryst was one of 10 assistants reportedly let go, along with quarterbacks coach Steve Logan, wide receivers coaches Adam Henry and Ronald Curry, secondary coach Tim Lewis, defensive line coach Scott Brown, defensive assistants Ejiro Evero and Aubrayo Franklin and offensive assistants T.C. McCartney and Joe Scola.

Chryst was named San Francisco's offensive coordinator in January after spending the previous four seasons as the team's quarterbacks coach. He was one of the few holdovers from Jim Harbaugh's coaching staff to remain with the team. 

Unfortunately for Chryst, the 2015 offensive results were disappointing. Colin Kaepernick started the season at quarterback but was benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert prior to Week 9 and later placed on injured reserve

Regardless of whether Kaepernick or Gabbert led the 49ers offense, it was near the bottom of the NFL in every major statistical category.

2015 San Francisco 49ers' Offensive Ranks
StatNFL Rank
96.5 Rushing Yards Per Game21st
207.3 Passing Yards Per Game29th
30.5 Third-Down Conversion Percent31st
261 Total First Downs31st
14.9 Points Per GameLast
303.8 Yards Per Game31st
Source: ESPN.com

Former San Francisco head coach Jim Tomsula, who was let go in favor of Chip Kelly, said prior to the team's game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 15 that he felt good about the job Chryst was doing this season, per Grant Cohn for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

"I think Geep does a nice job," Tomsula said. "I think Geep does a good job. ... There's some really good things going on there. So, we've got to continue to improve. None of us have done a good enough job or the left hand column would have a higher number than it does."

Injuries certainly played a part in the 49ers' offensive struggles. In addition to the quarterback change, running backs Carlos Hyde and Reggie Bush played just 12 games combined, and wide receiver Anquan Boldin missed two games. 

Chryst has been a hot topic in the Bay Area for a long time, as Lowell Cohn of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat proved following the 49ers' Week 7 loss against the Seattle Seahawks:

The 49ers have many problems, far beyond what Chryst was doing with the offense. This roster was depleted in the offseason because of losses through free agency and retirement. 

Chryst was given his first chance to be an offensive coordinator since 1999-2000 with the San Diego Chargers, when Ryan Leaf was still on the team. If Florio's report is true, the 53-year-old's stint with San Francisco didn't end well, but his extensive NFL coaching resume will help him land on his feet soon. 

The 49ers need to undergo a complete reboot for 2016—something Florio's report suggests is happening. Kaepernick's status remains up in the air, at least with this franchise, so figuring out the quarterback situation will be the top priority in San Francisco this offseason.