After a disappointing season, the 49ers are expected to fire head coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. On Tuesday, about 36 hours after being fired as the 49ers head coach, Kelly told FOX Sports he's open to coming back to the college game.
When the 49ers fired Chip Kelly after he completed a 2-14 season in his first year in San Francisco, the immediate thought of many was that this should be the end of Kelly's NFL career and a return to college football, where he was so wildly successful with OR, should be his next move. "I look at, it's what you get to work with and I'm actually grateful for this group of guys we get to work with due to their attitudes and how they've approached it every single day". The bad news is that the 49ers signed Kelly to a four-year, $24 million deal before the start of the season and will be on the hook to pay his remaining salary barring a buyout. And so this season, because of the offset language that's present in just about every National Football League coaching contract, Kelly was paid $6 million by the Niners and $500,000 by the Eagles. And so we have this odd situation: Kelly is going to be getting paid by two National Football League teams not to coach, and if he gets hired again he'll be getting paid by three.
Kelly is certainly in a position to take a break.
Kelly is also open to returning to college, where he enjoyed success at OR, going 46-7 from 2009-12. Kelly worked exclusively on the collegiate level starting as Nevada's conditioning coach in 1988 and became a household name as the head coach of the Oregon Ducks. The timing of Kelly's dismissals clouded his coaching prospects because of when college head coaching jobs came pen.