January 4 2016
Chip Kelly and Mike Shanahan reach out to 49ers
Chip Kelly and Mike Shanahan have both expressed interesest in the San Francisco 49ers’ vacant head coaching position, according to multiple reports.
The job became available when 49ers CEO Jed York announced Jim Tomsula’s stint in Santa Clara would be a one-season affair on Sunday. The 49ers finished 5-11 this season, capped by a 19-16 overtime victory over the the St. Louis Rams at Levi’s Stadium.
Among those who have reached out to express interest in a potential 49ers opening: Chip Kelly and Mike Shanahan. Others to come…
— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) January 3, 2016
Chip Kelly’s camp has reached out to 49ers to express interest in their HC opening, per league source. 49ers likely to at least consider it.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 4, 2016
Kelly was fired last week by the Eagles, one game short of three full seasons in Philadelphia. Shanahan, a former 49ers offensive coordinator and two-time Super Bowl champ with the Denver Broncos, last coached with the Washington Redskins, who relieved him of his duties after the 2013 season.
Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez reported that Shanahan has a second interview with the Dolphins scheduled for Tuesday.
Starter Colin Kaepernick missed much of the season after he had surgery on his non-throwing shoulder. He struggled before the injury minus Jim Harbaugh, who parted ways with San Francisco following last season and was hired by Michigan.The 49ers have missed the playoffs for consecutive seasons and a new coach would inherit a quarterback controversy.
Kaepernick is signed through the 2020 season and has a cap hit of $16 million next season. There have been reports that the team would ask Kaepernick to restructure his deal. Blaine Gabbert finished the season as the 49ers’ starting quarterback.