Chip Kelly: 'There’s good depth' on 49ers offense


Chip Kelly: 'There’s good depth' on 49ers offense

Chip Kelly’s offenses with the Philadelphia Eagles ranked in the top-five in total yardage and scoring in his first two seasons.

Even while the Eagles dropped to 6-9 under Kelly last season before his firing, the Philadelphia offense ranked 13th in total offense and 13th in scoring.

When asked last week at the NFL owners meetings about the offensive talent he inherits with the 49ers, he did nothing to soften expectations for the 2016 season. The 49ers ranked 31st in total yards and 32nd in points per game. But to hear Kelly talk, it seems he has set the bar high for a dramatic improvement.

“There’s good depth there, without seeing them all run around physically,” Kelly said.

While it might be true that the 49ers have a lot of players -- and some with potential -- the 49ers are lacking individuals who have been productive in the NFL. Left tackle Joe Staley is the team's most-decorated offensive player. Newly added guard Zane Beadles is the only other offensive player who has been selected to a Pro Bowl (2012).

The 49ers will enter the offseason program with most starting spots on offense completely unsettled.

Running back Carlos Hyde, wide receiver Torrey Smith, Staley and Beadles are virtually assured starting jobs. Center Daniel Kilgore appears to be in good shape to reclaim his job.

Every starting and backup position, including quarterback, appears to be wide open.

“Obviously, you look at what Carlos Hyde can do,” Kelly said. “He’s one of the really good young running backs. There’s a bunch of guys at receiver, led by Torrey, and Torrey really has a skillset because he can run. He’s kind of a matchup problem for people."

The 49ers have shown no urgency in re-signing Anquan Boldin. The list of receivers on the roster includes Quinton Patton, Bruce Ellington, Jerome Simpson, Eric Rogers, DeAndre Smelter and DeAndrew White. 

“There are four quality tight ends that have played, so that will be a fun group to work with, in terms of how you disperse them and try to figure out what’s going on," Kelly said, referring to Vance McDonald, Garrett Celek and Blake Bell. The 49ers do not have a fourth tight end who has caught a pass in the NFL. Busta Anderson and Je'Ron Hamm are the other tight ends on the roster.

The 49ers have lost starting offensive linemen Mike Iupati, Alex Boone and Anthony Davis the past two seasons. The 49ers drafted seven offensive linemen over the past four years. Four of those players – Marcus Martin, Brandon Thomas, Ian Silberman and Trent Brown -- remain with the organization to compete for spots.

The offensive line was considered one of the 49ers’ biggest weaknesses last season, but Kelly did not lead on that he is concerned with that unit. The 49ers replaced free-agent departure of Boone with the signing of Beadles.

“Obviously, the O-line, led by Joe Staley, there’s a lot of talent there, too,” Kelly said. “I think it’s a good group.”

Davis has guaranteed for months on social media that he plans to make a comeback this season. But with the 49ers’ offseason program set to begin on Monday, Davis has yet to officially file for reinstatement off the reserve/retired list.

The 49ers are not banking on Davis’ return or if he will be committed or in sufficient physical condition even if he does decide to attempt to play again.

With the 49ers’ new up-tempo offense, there will be new requirements from their offensive linemen. Kelly said Staley, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, is perfect for his system.

“Joe Staley is one of the most fit, athletic big people you ever want,” Kelly said. “I met Joe about a week ago. He came in. He fits perfect. It (the offense) fits to his skillset set. I’ve always been a big fan of big people. Somebody once told me, ‘Big people beat up little people.’ I think we fit philosophically.”

Watch Kyle Shanahan's postgame speech after 49ers' win vs. Washington

Watch Kyle Shanahan's postgame speech after 49ers' win vs. Washington

Kyle Shanahan was quite pleased with his team's effort in San Francisco's 9-0 win over Washington on Sunday.

"We talked about making it our house, man," the 49ers coach said during his postgame speech in the locker room. "That was our house!"

It wasn't pretty, and how could it have been, given the unrelenting downpour and the mud that covered FedEx Field. But a win is a win, and Shanahan was happy to see his players get one last dip in the dirt after achieving victory.

"There was no cooler thing to me than watching 53 guys go sliding, doing angels across the field," he said of San Francisco's Slip-N-Slide procession.

The hard-fought win stood in contrast to previous successes, such as the 49ers' 24-point victory in Cincinnati in Week 2. Shanahan wanted his team to derive confidence from that knowledge, while also not losing sight of the ultimate goal.

"Guys we're just getting started, alright," Shanahan said in closing. "We can win a game in any way. We had seven starters out today. We bonded together, we'll get some back, but it doesn't matter. 

"This room, we've got something special. Let's keep this s--t going."

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Next up for San Francisco is a home game against Carolina in Week 8. Safe to say, there won't be as much mud in that one.

Why Kyle Shanahan thinks 49ers' answers at wide receiver are on team

Why Kyle Shanahan thinks 49ers' answers at wide receiver are on team

Eight days before the NFL trade deadline, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday that he does not feel as much urgency to add a veteran receiver in the middle of the season than in his previous two. 

“I think less (urgency) than we’ve had in the last couple of years because I do see that there are guys in our building that I do think the answers are here,” Shanahan told reporters Monday in Santa Clara, amid reports that the 49ers are in the market to add a wide receiver.

The 49ers played Sunday without rookie receiver Deebo Samuel, who injured his groin a week earlier against the Los Angeles Rams. Marquise Goodwin played just seven snaps before leaving with an injury Sunday. He was evaluated for a concussion but was cleared. Goodwin is not in the NFL’s concussion protocol, Shanahan said.

San Francisco also hopes to get Trent Taylor and rookie Jalen Hurd back later in the season. Both players are on injured reserve. They are eligible to return after sitting out eight games from the time they went on IR.

“It was tough not having Deebo last week and Marquise being a little bit banged up, we’ll get both of those two back,” Shanahan said. “The guys we have I still think can continue to get better. We’re still holding out hopes, too, for Jalen and Trent Taylor that they can heal up and hopefully return later this year.

“We’re always looking to improve, but I do like the guys we have here.”

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Tight end George Kittle is the 49ers' top pass-catcher with 34 receptions for 376 yards and one touchdown. Samuel leads the wideouts in receptions with 15 catches for 168 yards, while Goodwin has 11 catches for 181 yards. Samuel and Goodwin have one TD apiece. Kendrick Bourne had his best game of the season on Sunday with three catches for 69 yards in the 49ers' 9-0 victory over Washington.

Dante Pettis, a second-round pick in 2018, has not produced up to expectations. He has nine catches for 83 yards and one touchdown.