Report: Chip Kelly, Mike Shanahan interested in 49ers job
Former Eagles head coach Chip Kelly and former Broncos and Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan have both expressed interest in the recently vacated San Francisco 49ers head coaching job, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
San Francisco head coach Jim Tomsula was fired on Sunday after just one season. He led the team to a 5–11 record, which is the franchise’s worst finish since 2007.
Kelly parted ways with the the Eagles a week before the team’s season finale after posting a 6–9 record this season. In three seasons with Philadelphia, Kelly earned a 26–21 record, but only lead the team to the playoffs once—a Wild Card loss to the New Orleans Saints in 2013.
The former Oregon coach is known for his fast-paced spread offense, and figures to make sense for the 49ers if the front office decides to go back to embattled former starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Shanahan hasn’t coached in the NFL since he was fired by the Redskins in 2013. The 63-year-old coached the Broncos from 1995 to 2008, winning two Super Bowls with Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway. He also won a Super Bowl with the 49ers, where he was the offensive coordinator from 1992 to ‘94.