[About a year ago, when Chip Kelly was with the Eagles, I wrote why Chip Kelly could get fired. He was indeed fired before the season ended. Fast forward 1 year, he’s with the 49ers and struggling to show any sign of improvement. So, here I am discussing once again about his future.]
On one hand, one might think that the 49ers’ head coach Chip Kelly should be fired immediately because –
- He is 1-6. There’s very little hope for 6-10 or 8-8, let alone playoffs.
- Offense has been impotent. They are almost at the bottom in all offensive categories. His innovative offense failed miserably.
- There’s no sign of improvement.
- There’s is no spirit/energy around the team right now sitting at 1-6. Look at the 0-7 Cleveland: They still have so much energy in that team. The players are playing hard, the coach is working his tail offs, the fans are excited because most of the games were very close.
But on the other hand –
- This is Kelly’s first year with the 49ers and he’s still installing his system: Players are still learning. He didn’t have Kapernick for the offseason at all due to his injury.
- The team doesn’t have a lot of talents to work with. Although often times Kelly wants to prove that he can do well with sub par players because his system is superior, but GM Baalke (and the owner for that matter) knows they have some big holes in both sides of the ball.
- Kaepernick is not playing good in relief of Gabbert. He was benched last year for a reason. Christian Ponder, the 3rd stringer does also has limited ceiling: Once again there’s a reason he got booted out of Minnesota.
- They lost a few games because of the defense – and Chip Kelly is not directly responsible for that.
- Their schedule is relatively difficult – being in the NFC West (Cardinals, Rams, Seahawks) and playing those teams twice is no joke. They are also playing AFC East (Patriots, Bills, Dolphins, Jets) and NFC South (Falcons, Saints, Panthers, Buccaneers) – where most of the teams are playing at a high level.
- GM Baalke will not take the risk of firing 3 head coaches in 3 years. His personnel decisions have been under serious scrutiny before, but 3rd time might just be a charm.
- Unlike in Philadelphia, Kelly does have good relations with the front office and the players. He’s handling the presses extremely well.
Thus, it is highly unlikely Chip Kelly will get fired at the end of the season.