Sunday, January 21, 2018
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49ers go with ex-Eagle Kelly as coach

NFL playoffs

WILD-CARD roundDIVISION roundAFC CHAMPIONSHIPSuper Bowl 50NFC CHAMPIONSHIPDIVISION roundWILD-CARD round
6. Pittsburgh 186. Seattle 10
6. Pittsburgh6. Seattle
3. at Cincinnati 163. at Minnesota 9
4:40 Sunday, Ch. 101 Sunday, Ch. 13
1. at Denver1. at Carolina
3:05 Jan. 24, Ch. 106:30 Feb. 7, Ch. 106:40 Jan. 24, Ch. 13
2. at New England2. at Arizona
4:35 Saturday, Ch. 108:15 Saturday, Ch. 8
5. Kansas City 305. Green Bay 35
5. Kansas City5. Green Bay
4. at Houston 04. at Washington 18


SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Chip Kelly is the offensive-minded, experienced head coach the 49ers have long sought, and now he needs to win — right away.

The 49ers hired the former Eagles coach Thursday, and Kelly faces the daunting challenge of transforming the Niners into an immediate contender again.

"Chip has a proven track record at both the college and NFL levels that speaks for itself," CEO Jed York said in a statement. "We believe strongly that he is the right man to get this team back to competing for championships. I look forward to watching (general manager) Trent (Baalke) and Chip work closely to build a team that will make us all proud."

Kelly, who had personnel control with the Eagles and frustrated some of his players, won't be introduced in a news conference until next week based on scheduling conflicts and Kelly working to build his staff.

"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 in a statement.

Kelly replaces Jim Tomsula, promoted from his defensive line duties last January to succeed Jim Harbaugh before going 5-11 — a move Baalke said earlier this month wound up being the wrong one, in hindsight.

With 26 years of coaching experience, Kelly emerged as the favorite among several candidates, including former Raiders, Broncos and Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, former Giants coach Tom Coughlin and former Raiders coach Hue Jackson, hired Wednesday as Browns coach.

Kelly, 52, was fired by Philadelphia with one game left this season. The former University of Oregon coach was 6-9 in 2015 after two 10-6 seasons, prompting Eagles CEO Jeffrey Lurie to make a change.

Kelly becomes just the second coach the 49ers have hired with previous NFL head coaching experience along with Dennis Erickson ahead of the 2003 season — excluding Tomsula's single game as interim coach to end the 2010 season.

Hiring the offensive-minded Kelly could give the 49ers a reason to keep quarterback Colin Kaepernick to work his way back into the dynamic quarterback he was a few years back with his legs and strong arm. There has been thought that Kaepernick could be the kind of mobile quarterback Kelly likes running his fast-paced offense and a good fit.

"Guess I might have to start running right now to get in shape," receiver Torrey Smith posted on Twitter.

REPORT: EAGLES TAB COACH: Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson has accepted the Eagles' head coaching job, according to multiple reports. Pederson, 47, can't be officially hired as long as Kansas City is in the playoffs. Pederson started nine games at quarterback for the Eagles in 1999 and began his NFL coaching career as an assistant under Andy Reid in Philadelphia in 2009. He followed Reid to Kansas City in 2013.

GIANTS STAY INSIDE FOR COACH: The Giants announced that Ben McAdoo has been promoted to head coach. The team confirmed the hiring a little more than a week after Tom Coughlin stepped down after 12 seasons. McAdoo, 38, has been the Giants' offensive coordinator the past two seasons. He is scheduled to be formally introduced today at a news conference. He is now the NFL's second-youngest coach. "We were all impressed with his energy, his enthusiasm, his vision and his desire," team president John Mara said. "Ben has been preparing for this opportunity since he started coaching, and he has earned his stripes every step of the way. Some have suggested he may not be ready, and as I said last week, we want a coach who feels like he has something to prove." The Giants have something to prove. They have missed the playoffs the past four seasons and posted losing records the past three seasons, going 6-10 the past two years. McAdoo's offense has been one of the few bright spots for the team. Under his leadership, Eli Manning threw 65 touchdowns and 28 interceptions the past two seasons. He had 18 touchdowns and 27 interceptions in 2013.

FROM EX-BUC TO TITANS GM: The Titans agreed to terms with Jon Robinson, the Bucs' director of player personnel, as their new general manager. Robinson, a native of Union City, Tenn., who turns 40 Monday, just finished his second season running Tampa Bay's scouting department and overseeing both college and pro scouting. His first job will be helping the Titans hire a new coach, their third since Jeff Fisher left in January 2011. The team confirmed interviewing Jaguars offensive line coach Doug Marrone for its coaching vacancy, the first candidate Tennessee has confirmed.

GRONK MISSES PRACTICE: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski sat out the team's last workout before its Saturday playoff game against the Chiefs. The Patriots said he missed practice with a knee injury he sustained on Nov. 29. An update to the report said he also had a back injury. Gronkowski also missed Tuesday's practice. In other news, defensive lineman Chandler Jones apologized to his teammates and fans for "a pretty stupid mistake" that sent him, shirtless and disoriented, to a local police station. Police who went to his house said it smelled like burning marijuana. The Pro Bowl pass rusher declined to answer most questions. According to police records, Jones showed up at the back door of the Foxborough Police station about 7:40 a.m. Sunday. "Without any warning or provocation," Jones dropped to his knees and locked his hands behind his head, according to a write-up of the incident by Officer David J. Foscaldo. Jones was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he was admitted and released the same day. An officer who went to Jones' house to retrieve the player's keys commented on the smell of marijuana, the report said. Marijuana use is banned by the NFL. A first violation results in the player being referred to the league's substance abuse program, but no fine or suspension. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello declined to comment.

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