“I walked to work this morning,” Kelly said Wednesday.“ You smell the air around here and you get smarter. Hopefully that will help us get a couple more W’s.”
Kelly, who also made personnel decisions for the Eagles, will only be responsible for coaching with the 49ers, as Trent Baalke will remain the team’s general manager.
In the news conference, Baalke called Kelly “a well-rounded, highly innovative coach with a track record of success,” while also identifying him as “a strong leader of men.”
The Eagles job was Kelly’s first in the NFL. He initially rose to prominence as the head coach of the Oregon Ducks, with whom he compiled a 44–5 record and earned a reputation as an offensive innovator.