Chip Kelly comes to the NFC West

Posted by Darren Urban on January 14, 2016 – 12:14 pm

It certainly hasn’t been quiet in the Cardinals’ division, even with the regular season over. The Cardinals and Seahawks are among the final eight teams in the playoffs. The Rams moved to Los Angeles. And now the 49ers, wanting to make sure no one forgot about them, went out and hired Chip Kelly as their new coach.

It’s an interesting pick. Whether Kelly was their first choice or — as some reports have said — they turned to Kelly after they couldn’t get Hue Jackson (who went to the Browns), it’s a drastic change from Jim Tomsula, that’s for sure. The immediate reaction? That assumed divorce between rehabbing QB Colin Kaepernick and the team might not happen — Kaepernick would seem to be the perfect type of QB for Kelly’s system, to the point many wondered this season if Kap was cut would the then-Eagles coach Kelly snap him up — and also how the relationship will work between Kelly and GM Trent Baalke. But we’ll see how quickly Kelly can get that team changed up after a very rough 2015.

The Cardinals have done fine against Kelly’s Eagles, winning two of three, including the division-clinching rout in Philly this season.

I’ll say this, the NFC West certainly isn’t boring.

Bruce Arians, Chip Kelly


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22 Responses to “Chip Kelly comes to the NFC West”

  1. By joe holst on Jan 14, 2016 | Reply

    If Chip thinks he doesn’t need a GM like in Philly i would have never hired him. he should not have control over the roster either as he lost that right due to all the mess they had this past year. I would be ready to leave if I were Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, Carlos Hyde and Reggie Bush. He will jettison at least 3 of them.

  2. By Eric G on Jan 14, 2016 | Reply

    Let’s hope the 9ers give him full control like they did here in Philly. it was fun watching fans hopes up high in the preseason only to watch the team implode over the last 3 years.

    Glad to have BA as our coach. Let’s Go Cardinaaaaaaaaals!

  3. By Kevin S Mesa on Jan 14, 2016 | Reply

    Darren —

    Off the topic of this post, but did we ever find out what happened to Okafor? I know Arians said something along the lines of “you’d have to ask him,” and I figured by now someone would have asked, but I haven’t seen an explanation and I saw another article by you on the main page just referring to it as a “mysterious” injury.

  4. By Darren Urban on Jan 14, 2016 | Reply

    Kevin S —

    RE: Okafor

    Okafor has been absent since this happened. As soon as he’s around, he’ll be asked, I’m sure.

  5. By D on Jan 14, 2016 | Reply

    Shorter pipeline to Eugene.
    Over rated.
    Act doesn’t play with veterans
    Only hope for Kap to stay a starter in the league.

  6. By Andy Kw on Jan 14, 2016 | Reply

    We pressured the Packers really well because Don Barclay was confused for most of the game. If they get Bakhtari back, it will help them tremendously. But I believe the Cardinals will be ready.

  7. By Edijkstra on Jan 14, 2016 | Reply

    Kelly is brilliant, and won 20 games his first two years with not very good talent. He’ll figure it out.

  8. By mal on Jan 14, 2016 | Reply

    Chip is a dip.

  9. By Scott H on Jan 14, 2016 | Reply

    Right now, the 49ers are so far from being relevant, the hiring of Chip Kelly doesn’t even matter. From the Philly area, I can yell you this – what has become VERY apparent in the wake of Kelly’s departure is that it seems like Kelly was NOT well liked by anyone. Not his players, not the media, not others in the organization….no one. What is coming out is that he was very deficient in regard to people skills and he did not build relationships with others. As a result, he really didn’t HAVE any.

    With what he did in Philly as the only frame of reference for Chip Kelly as an NFL head coach…..I don’t see things getting better for the 49ers any time soon. He got rid of most of the recognizable talent the Eagles had ( and they had some DAMN good players in McCoy, Jackson, Maclin, etc ) and he left this team an utter mess. No one here feels Sam Bradford is the right guy at QB…they botched the Frank Gore signing….then gave Demarco Murray a kings’s ransom when he is not the right guy for their offense. They made the league’s leading rusher from last year virtually disappear. The fact that they finally kicked him to the curb before the season was even over speaks volumes about how bad things got out here. This team is a mess and it’s not gonna get fixed quickly. That is Kelly’s legacy.

  10. By midnightcochise on Jan 14, 2016 | Reply

    What a great week for the Cardinals. No more injures courtesy of the Edward Jones dome, and the 49ers continue to make horrible decisions and continue their downward spiral. Now we just need a win and conference championship appearance.

  11. By krehbieo14 on Jan 14, 2016 | Reply

    It’s my understanding that Chip Kelly is great football mind. However, to be a head coach in the NFL, you have to be able to forge positive relationships within the organization. Chip appears to insulate himself and lacks the instincts to allow players, coaches and front office personnel to have input into decision-making. I can foresee problems evolving over time regarding roster moves because of Chip’s quest for control. It will be interesting to see how his tenure plays out.

  12. By JohnnyBluenose on Jan 14, 2016 | Reply

    joe holst…Boldin will be 36 years old in October. He has a Super Bowl ring. He has his 1000 receptions. He has his health, his money (presumably), and the respect of his peers and the fans. He has no quarterback and no chance to play on a winning team in San Francisco. He has no reason to continue to play. He should retire.

  13. By dynosoar on Jan 14, 2016 | Reply

    My son and I are looking forward to coming to the game. I’d love to meet some of ya’ll who I’ve been visiting with over the years. But knowing I’m part of the same Red Sea will just have to do. We are going to try for the children’s combine at the Verizon venue, but wan to be in the game earlier than later.

    I hope our trip to University of Phoenix is better than Chip Kelley’s trip next season. How awesome is it to have this game. Just three more.

    The Lombardi Trophy and well, you know the rest.

  14. By beltramiscott on Jan 14, 2016 | Reply

    Well, well, well, the niners are toast for the next two or three years and the damage Kelly will cause will stink up this teams for many years to come. Our division just got much easier. York is a complete fool. They have destroyed a team that had a chance to come back. Kelly is a college coach and nothing more. The NFL is a much different world, a much higher level for a reason.

  15. By Eazy E on Jan 15, 2016 | Reply

    Chip and the 49ers are absolutely NO THREAT now for a minute! Chip isn’t an NFL coach and should have took his behind back to college where he had success because the NFL ain’t for him! This is coming from a guy that bought into him when he was rumored to be a candidate for NFL jobs. It all went downhill when he handled the Riley Cooper situation horribly! He goes from the weakest division arguably in the league to the hardest and stiffest with us, Seattle, and even the Rams to a certain extent with that pass rush and defense! Bad Move from San Fran and company, but does that really surprise anyone with Jed York and Trent Baalke, 2 egotistical dudes?! I’m glad we got our ownership together with the Bidwills and not lost like the 49ers!

  16. By Big Ken on Jan 15, 2016 | Reply

    RE: Okafor Yeah but will he be back?

  17. By BirdsSTC on Jan 15, 2016 | Reply

    D –

    Was that a haiku?

  18. By Scott H on Jan 15, 2016 | Reply

    If we were to caption this….

    Kelly – Nice game, Bruce. You guys look good. Hey…you got any openings on your staff? I might be, uh, re-locating.

    BA – Thanks, cuz. No risk it, no biscuit. Hey, give some thought to the San Fran area. That would be good for us, I mean, for you.

  19. By JohnnyBluenose on Jan 15, 2016 | Reply

    Dynosoar….have a great time. Let’s hope you bring us some good luck!

  20. By DTL on Jan 15, 2016 | Reply

    Read on main page: “Now, 12 months and 13 days later, a golden shot awaits. Palmer is healthy and playing better than ever, the roster around him is loaded and a Cardinals team which had the best regular season in franchise history is primed for the playoffs.” And so we play the game. Nice set up.

  21. By faster on Jan 16, 2016 | Reply

    bad news, kelly took a 4-12 team from reid, and made the next season a playoff appearance. and, most of the harbaugh followers at the 49ers rooster are out by now (with the exception of kaepernick, and i would not be surprised to see him traded), so we have next season hawks as good as they are, rams who will get any help of the NFL to start good at LA, and now 49ers with one of the best offensive minds of the NFL.

    it will be a nice season, again and more :-).

    now on to the packers, and then the seahawks, and then the super super bowl against brady.

  22. By joe holst on Jan 16, 2016 | Reply

    that’s why I said Boldin is a goner. hes too slow especially for a Kelly offense.

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