Kelly replaces Jim Tomsula, who was fired after the season. Kelly was fired by the Eagles with one game left in the season — as Pat Shurmur served as interim head coach during the Eagles win over the New York Giants.
He has reportedly received a five-year deal, according to the NFL Network. He’s also taking over a team that went 5-11 last season — their worst season since 2007.
The 49ers were also hit with unexpected retirements by key players and free agent departures. Also, Jim Harbaugh was let go then guided the Michigan Wolverines to a successful season.
They had a league-high nine losses by double-digits.
The 49ers are hoping with a top draft pick and free agency ahead that the team could turn their fortunes around. They also have to decide if Colin Kaepernick would be their future quarterback.
Kelly took the Eagles job after being a successful coach with the Oregon Ducks. Many thought that in the three-years with the Eagles that he would turn the team around.
However, after making the playoffs in their first-year, he struggled to make it there again.
He also had ‘favorite’ players. Owner Jeffrey Lurie gave Kelly control of personnel, which backfired.
During his tenure, he got rid of fan favorites DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy, Nick Foles. Yet, he also brought in DeMarco Murray, Kiko Alonso — who was traded for McCoy — and Sam Bradford — who was acquired in a trade for Foles.
Neither Murray, Alonso or Bradford had any success in the City of Brotherly Love.
Kelly is not expected to have control of the 49ers personnel. General Manager Trent Baalke is expected to still have control, while Kelly will just be the coach.