Chip Kelly arrived in the NFL as an offensive mastermind. The legend grew after his first season, when the Eagles won 10 games, made the playoffs and Nick Foles (!) threw 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions. The team won 10 games again in 2014 but missed the postseason, and the wheels fell off completely when Kelly took over personnel decisions and Philly limped to six wins last year.
But he wasn’t out of work long; Kelly is now leading the 49ers, an offense that somehow ranked below the Eagles in 2015 (Philly finished 26th, according to Football Outsiders, San Francisco was 28th). And if three preseason games are any indication, a lot of work remains. In fact, it’s so bad that 49ers legend and Hall of Famer Jerry Rice can hardly stand to watch.
It’s worth noting that Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick are the 49ers’ quarterbacks. They’re not exactly Montana and Young, though there’s no guarantee Kaepernick is with the team when the season opens next week.
Fox Sports‘ Jay Glazer reports that Kaepernick faces “a very, very big uphill battle to make this team,” and it has nothing to do with the quarterback’s decision to sit during the national anthem and everything to do with his on-field struggles.
Meanwhile, Kelly told reporters after Friday’s game that “It’s not my right to tell [Kaepernick] not to do something, that’s his right as a citizen.” The coach added: “There’s never been a conversation about cutting Colin Kaepernick.”
Not yet, anyway.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Jerry Rice really doesn’t like Chip Kelly’s ‘no rhythm’ offense