San Francisco 49ers fire Chip Kelly after one season

The San Francisco 49ers are hitting reset.

Chip Kelly was fired by the team Sunday after only one season as the team's coach, the 49ers announced. General manager Trent Baalke confirmed earlier in the day that he also had been relieved of his duties.

“Despite my feelings for Trent and Chip, I felt the decision to change our football leadership was absolutely necessary," 49ers owner Jed York said in a statement. The performance of this team has not lived up to my expectations or those of our fans, and that is truly disappointing. We all expected to see this team progress and develop as the season went on, but unfortunately that did not happen. That is why now is the time to find a new direction for this team.”

San Francisco went 2-14 in Kelly's lone season. The team also fired Jim Tomsula after just one conclusion at the conclusion of last year's campaign.

The 49ers will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. ET on Monday.

The former Ducks coach took the 49ers job after he was fired at the end of his third season as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. He went 26-21 in almost three full seasons.

Kelly was rumored as a potential candidate for the Oregon Ducks head coaching job when the university fired Mark Helfrich in November. Kelly went 46-7 in four seasons leading the Ducks program, including an appearance in the 2012 national championship game. Oregon ended up hiring South Florida head coach Willie Taggart to replace Helfrich.

Kelly still has three years remaining on his contract with the 49ers.


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