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Jaguars retain offensive coordinator, pass on Chip Kelly

Jaguars retain offensive coordinator, pass on Chip Kelly

It appears the Jaguars have passed on Chip Kelly for a second time this month.

After reportedly not getting their head coaching job, Kelly reportedly interviewed for their offensive coordinator position on Monday.

But two days later, Jacksonville announced that Nathaniel Hackett has been retained as offensive coordinator under head coach Doug Marrone.

Kelly told CSNBayArea.com recently he would take his time to determine his next career move.

“I’m not going to close the door on any opportunity, but I have to be very smart in what I do next,” Kelly said two days after his firing. “I don’t have to take anything, but I wouldn’t rule anything out. I need to make sure that I’m in the right situation.

“I don’t know what the future holds. I’ll do my due diligence. I’m not going to coach just to coach.”

The 49ers fired Kelly with three years, $18 million remaining in his contract. The 49ers hired Kelly just two weeks after the Philadelphia Eagles fired him. Kelly went 26-21 with the Eagles after leaving his successful program with the Oregon Ducks after the 2012 season.

49ers sign former Raiders long-snapper Jon Condo to replace Colin Holba

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49ers sign former Raiders long-snapper Jon Condo to replace Colin Holba

The 49ers made a switch at long-snapper on Tuesday, cutting Colin Holba and signing Jon Condo, who spent 11 seasons in that role with the Raiders.

Condo, 38, was the Raiders’ long-snapper for 11 seasons from 2007 to ’17. He appeared in the final four games last season for the Atlanta Falcons. He began his career in 2005 with the Dallas Cowboys, appearing in three games before winning a spot with the Raiders two seasons later.

Holba was signed last year after Kyle Nelson was suspended 10 games for his second offense of the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Nelson served the first four games of his penalty in 2018, and will be eligible to return to the 49ers after six games this season. Holba did not have any obvious mistakes in the first two games this season.

Condo will wear No. 59 for the 49ers.

Also, the 49ers filled an open spot on their practice squad with the addition of offensive lineman Will Holden.

Holden (6-7, 312) entered the NFL as a fifth round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2017. He appeared in 11 games with seven starts for Arizona the past two seasons. He spent time in the offseason with Miami and Seattle.

49ers have No. 1 ranked backup QB situation in NFL with Nick Mullens

49ers have No. 1 ranked backup QB situation in NFL with Nick Mullens

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is done for the season. New Orleans Saints Drew Brees likely is out for the next two months. Carolina Panthers star Cam Newton is debilitated by a foot injury, and might miss Week 3 or even more. The New York Jets' starter has mononucleosis, and his backup is out for the year with an ankle injury. Tampa Bay Bucs signal-caller Jameis Winston continues to regress, and the Miami Dolphins have scored a grand total of one touchdown over two games.

We're just over two weeks into the NFL regular season, and several teams already have serious QB issues.

The 49ers aren't one of them, however. Jimmy Garoppolo looked much improved in San Francisco's 41-17 beatdown of the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2, in which he threw for 297 yards and tied his career high with three touchdown passes. And behind him, the 49ers have the man The Ringer's Riley McAtee ranked as the best backup in all of football.

That's right, Nick Mullens is the best backup signal-caller in the NFL according to McAtee, who cited Mullens' performance in place of an injured Garoppolo last year to support his claim.

"Mullens’ [adjusted net yards per attempt] of 6.7 was 15th-best in the league among the 33 passers who registered at least 200 attempts," McAtee wrote. "That may not be replicable over a larger sample size or in an offense that isn’t built by Kyle Shanahan, but it was an incredibly promising level of production for the then-rookie. To put that number into perspective, Andrew Luck registered a 5.7 ANY/A in his rookie season.

"Mullens is not the next Luck, of course, but if Garoppolo ever misses time," McAtee continued, "Niners fans should feel confident in their backup."

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In closing, McAtee used some colorful language to hammer his point.

"Look at the other 31 names on this list: Outside of teams with rookies on the bench, there is no other squad that can put the same faith in their backup. The Niners are the only team that wouldn’t be f----d."

So, relative to the rest of the NFL, the 49ers appear to be in great shape when it comes to their overall quarterback situation. As for the teams who aren't, well, perhaps San Francisco can assist them from a position of strength.