The NFL season ended a few weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have predictions for 2016. USA Today decided to go with “Colin Kaepernick will figure things out under Chip Kelly in 2016”. Here is their prediction:
This is prediction is completely based on the magic Chip Kelly has worked with quarterbacks. And he’s never had one nearly as talented as Kaepernick. Kelly got career years out of Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez and Sam Bradford, and none of those guys even really fit his scheme. Kaepernick will allow Kelly to unleash the full power of his offense. Defenses will have to respect the read option looks that they have been able to ignore over the least three seasons with slow footed quarterbacks running Kelly’s offense.
Also, it hasn’t been too hard making the Pro Bowl as a quarterback these last few seasons. Andy Dalton made the 2014 squad throwing 17 interceptions. Teddy Bridgewater made it in 2015 with just 14 passing touchdowns.
During an interview with ESPN, Trent Dilfer said “I think under Chip you’ll start seeing some of these younger guys that have a boatload of talent start surfacing a little more. . .having a greater impact than they have in the past.”
“The great thing about Chip is he gets everybody leaning in the same direction, he’s done it everywhere he’s ever coached. He gets a bunch of people that really don’t know what direction they’re facing and he gets ‘em all facing the same direction, he’s really good at that.
“I think that alone, now you’ll start seeing the talent level of guys come out. The hardest thing for me to watch with the Niners (last season) was. . .I really like some of their players, but I didn’t like the way they were playing. . .
“I think under Chip you’ll start seeing some of these younger guys that have a boatload of talent start surfacing a little more. . .having a greater impact than they have in the past.”
Here is something less amusing by an ESPN writer’s prediction:
Colin Kaepernick undergoes a career rebirth under new coach Chip Kelly, earning NFL Comeback Player of the Year honors and guiding the surprising 49ers to their first championship in 22 years. Free-agent acquisition Alshon Jeffery and rookie Laquon Treadwell, already established as one of the league’s top receiving duos, gash the Patriots for 252 yards and three touchdowns.Carlos Hyde, back from a 2015 foot injury, bruises his way to 110 rushing yards as the 49ers wear out New England’s defense with pace and muscle. Tom Bradyconnects with Rob Gronkowski for two touchdowns, but the Patriots fall just short. Delirious 49ers players dump a cooler of power smoothies over Kelly as time expires. Gronk and New England coach Bill Belichick are fined $25,000 each for missing the postgame news conference, which they skip in order to catch a Cancun-bound party cruise.
Huffpost Sports released this story on “Here’s Why The Chip Kelly Hire Won’t Work For The 49ers” Here is what they said about Chip:
The problem is, Kelly isn’t likely to be a savior to the storied 49ers franchise because he is not a championship coach. During a disastrous 7-9 campaign this season, the Eagles’ offense ranked just 12th in yards, a measly 13th in scoring and 30th in total defense. Kelly’s supporters point to consecutive 10-win seasons during the two previous years, but the numbers weren’t all that great then either, and the lack of postseason accomplishments speaks for itself.
Chip Kelly started his NFL career as Eagles head coach in 2013. He lead the Eagles to one playoff game in 2013 and they lost. Chip’s record as NFL head coach for the Eagles ended with 10-6, 10-6, and 6-9 for three seasons. The 49ners currently have young talent and can be better with good coaching. The question is, can Chip keep the locker room together?