There’s been rumors that San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke are not getting along. While that may or may not be the case, the two will have to work together for the upcoming NFL Draft.
Those two are hoping that they can help the team get out of their rut and get back to their winning ways.
“Our philosophies on personnel match up very well,” Baalke said to the San Jose Mercury News.
The 49ers have a league-high 12 picks. They also have the seventh overall pick in the first-round, as well.
They’re hoping that whoever they draft can help them improve on their 5-11 record under former head coach Jim Tomsula last season.
With the seventh overall pick, there’s speculation that they covet Oregon Ducks defensive end DeForest Buckner. Kelly has ties to that team, as he was their former head coach, before moving to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012.
Kelly — who will strictly be the head coach with the 49ers — was the personnel person and head coach with the Eagles in his final season. His personnel decisions led to his exit in Dec. 2015.
“A lot of the things that we’ve done here, from a personnel standpoint, evaluation standpoint, fit very well into what he’s looking for as well in building his teams,” Baalke said.
The 49ers would like to get back to a physical game, as they’d like to improve both lines. That would help protect Colin Kaepernick, as well as giving Carlos Hyde potentially more running opportunities.
When the 49ers were good under Jim Harbaugh, their former head coach from 2011-2013, it was their defense that made them a Super Bowl contender.
“We believe long levers are strong levers,” Kelly said. “The longer you are, if they are long and have length, the question is can they bend. Everyone says, ‘He’s tall and can’t generate any leverage.’ Both Arik (Armstead) and DeForest (Buckner) can bend.”
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