The San Francisco 49ers and owner Jed York announced on Thursday that they’ve hired Chip Kelly as their next head coach.
— Jed York (@JedYork) January 14, 2016
Kelly had the following to say in a statement: “As one of the most historic franchises in the National Football League, I realize the high standards and expectations that this position demands and I embrace the challenges ahead,” Kelly said. “My immediate focus is to build the best coaching staff possible, one that will maximize the abilities of each of our players and put us in the best position to win football games.” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke had the following to say about Kelly. “Chip possesses all the qualities we were looking for in our next head coach,” Baalke said in a statement. “He has demonstrated the ability to be innovative everywhere he has coached and has had great success throughout his career. Chip’s passion for the game and vision for the future of this team clearly stood out to us during the search process. He is an extremely driven individual that I look forward to working with.” Niners wide receiver Torrey Smith tweeted after Kelly was hired.
Guess I might have to start running right now to get in shape
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) January 14, 2016