49ers' Kelly OK without say in personnel
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Chip Kelly can handle the chatter and criticism, from his own players and otherwise.
Moving way out West might be among the only changes he’s planning as new 49ers coach, with Kelly insisting he is perfectly content letting general manager Trent Baalke call the shots when it comes to personnel and the 53-man roster.
And, no, he’s not ready to name Colin Kaepernick his quarterback – though Kelly likes both Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert, who ended the season as San Francisco’s starter.
Fired for the first time in his career by the Eagles after Week 16, Kelly was out of work for all of two weeks before landing a $24 million, four-year contract to coach the 49ers last Thursday.
Asked whether he left a bad taste with players in Philadelphia, Kelly says, ”I’m not governed by the fear of what other people say.”
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