With the Jim Tomsula experiment gone heavily wrong in San Francisco, the 49ers decided one year was enough. The next coach to try and replace the void of Jim Harbaugh will be another highly successful college coach with a relatively brief stint in the NFL: Chip Kelly.
The owner of the 49ers, Jed York, announced on Twitter that he and general manager Trent Baalke selected Chip Kelly after a "thorough search." Kelly was in a two man race for the position with another ex-NFC East coach -- Mike Shanahan. Former Giants coach Tom Coughlin had also spoken with the 49ers about the job.
With Baalke being involved in the hiring process, it is likely that Kelly no longer has a determining say in personnel matters as he did in his final year in Philadelphia.
The Chip Kelly era in Philadelphia will be remembered as a disaster in which his questionable personnel decisions led to his firing. However, Kelly does have experience in turning around a losing franchise as he turned a 4-12 Eagles team into divisional champions just one year later.