49ers CEO Jed York announced the decision via Twitter stating that he and general manager Trent Baalke had conducted “a thorough search” prior to selecting Kelly.
— Jed York (@JedYork) January 14, 2016
This comes just 11 days after the front office had elected to fire Jim Tomsula after just one season with the team collecting a 5-11 record, which was the fifth-worst in the league.
San Francisco had interviewed Kelly last week, and it was believed that he and former Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan were the two finalists for the position. Kelly was fired by the Philadelphia Eagles in his third season with the team holding a 6-9 record with one week remaining in the regular season.
Prior to his stint with the Eagles, Kelly had an extremely successful run at the collegiate ranks with Oregon building a strong reputation for being an offensive genius with his fast-paced offense that helped him earn a 46–7 (.868) record in four seasons. This also included four straight BCS Bowl berths, which was highlighted by a trip to the National Championship game in 2010.
Kelly struck while the iron was hot following the 2012 season taking the offer to join the Eagles, but didn’t have enough success following a playoff berth in his first campaign with the team missing the postseason in his final two years. He finished with a 26-21 overall record over in his three years with Philadelphia.
Kelly becomes the 49ers’ 10th head coach in franchise history, and just the second since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970 to have previous head coaching experience in the NFL.
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