Chip Kelly Hired as San Francisco 49ers Head Coach

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 20:  Head coach Chip Kelly of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field on December 20, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco 49ers have hired Chip Kelly as their new head coach, the team announced on Thursday.

Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reported the 49ers met with Kelly about their vacant position on Jan. 7.

Citing a league source, Schefter reported Jan. 4, "Kelly's camp reached out to [the] 49ers."

NFL Network's Albert Breer reported that Kelly's "relationship with 49ers senior personnel [executive] Tom Gamble remains intact" and "could be a key."

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported prior to San Francisco's firing Tomsula that Kelly was "under strong consideration" by the 49ers.

Continue for updates.

Coughlin Unlikely to Join 49ers

Thursday, Jan. 14

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Coughlin didn't see the 49ers job as a good fit, as it's too far away from his family.

Rapoport reported the 49ers were meeting with Coughlin on Jan. 12.

Shanahan Emerges as Top Candidate for 49ers

Thursday, Jan. 14

Rapoport reported the 49ers' interest in Mike Shanahan "ramped up considerably" after interviewing him on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Dianna Marie Russini of ESPN reported Shanahan was "strongly back in the mix," adding the team is close to making a decision. 

Jason Cole of Bleacher Report reported the 49ers like Shanahan's "discipline [and] connection to [the Bill] Walsh era." 

49ers Reportedly out on Jackson

Tuesday, Jan. 12

Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News reported the 49ers' pursuit of Jackson is over.

On Jan. 8, Kawakami reported Jackson was the front-runner for the 49ers' head coaching job entering his interview.

Koetter Meets with 49ers

Saturday, Jan. 9

Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reported the 49ers interviewed Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter for their head coaching vacancy.

49ers Have Not Contacted Holmgren

Friday, Jan. 8

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reported the 49ers have not reached out to Mike Holmgren about their head coaching position.

Lynn Interviews with 49ers

Thursday, Jan. 7

Maiocco reported Buffalo Bills assistant head coach and running backs coach Anthony Lynn interviewed for the 49ers' head coaching vacancy Thursday.

Shaw Reportedly Won't Speak with 49ers

Thursday, Jan. 7

Jon Wilner of the Mercury News reported, "There is zero evidence that Shaw is interested in leaving Stanford anytime soon for any job, pro or college, even one that would not uproot his family."

Cole: 49ers Searching for Offensive Mind

Thursday, Jan. 7

Cole reported on the type of head coach the 49ers are looking for and the top coaches the team is targeting:

Payton Linked to 49ers Before Return to Saints

Sunday, Jan. 3

According to Schefter and ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the 49ers were "expected to explore [the] idea" of bringing in current New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.

However, Payton and the Saints eventually agreed the head coach would return to New Orleans, via's Mike Triplett.

Team Stream Now Breaks Down Potential Replacements

Sunday, Jan. 3

Bleacher Report's Adam Lefkoe and Matt Miller sat down to discuss Payton and two other potential candidates to fill the 49ers' coaching void:

49ers Must Retool Following 2015 Departures

The 49ers could use a big turnaround in 2016 after limping to a 5-11 finish.

They couldn't stay afloat in the NFC West after an offseason in which head coach Jim Harbaugh departed and defensive leaders Patrick Willis, Chris Borland and Justin Smith retired. In addition, veteran running back Frank Gore went to the Indianapolis Colts, while Aldon Smith was released because of off-field issues.

Maiocco reported that San Francisco's new head coach for 2016 will have options to weigh upon his arrival:

Whoever takes over at Levi's Stadium will have his work cut out for him moving forward. Colin Kaepernick struggled to lead an offense that ultimately ranked 31st in the league in 2015. The defense didn't fare much better, finishing 29th.

San Francisco was held to under 10 points four times and allowed 24 or more points eight times. That usually doesn't translate to many wins.


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