Chip Kelly Interested In 49ers’ Head-Coaching Job

Chip Kelly (USATSI)
Chip Kelly (USATSI)

Chip Kelly’s camp has reached out to the San Francisco 49ers to express interest in their head-coaching job, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Monday. The 49ers are likely to at least consider the former Philadelphia Eagles coach, a source said.

Kelly was fired by the Eagles on Dec. 29 with one game remaining in the season and Philadelphia sporting a 6-9 record. Kelly, who sources indicate would like to remain in the NFL, was 26-21 in three seasons with the Eagles.

The Niners fired rookie coach Jim Tomsula on Sunday. San Francisco went 5-11 in Tomsula’s lone season as head coach and ended the year with a 19-16 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday in front of a sparse crowd at Levi’s Stadium.

When Tomsula was hired Jan. 14, 2015, the move was viewed skeptically around the league, given that Tomsula had never been more than a position coach in the NFL. He had coached the Niners’ defensive line since 2007. His only head-coaching experience at the professional level was in NFL Europe with the Rhein Fire.

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