The 49ers are reportedly expected to fire coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke after Sunday’s season finale.
The firing of Baalke has been expected for weeks. But Kelly was believed to have a chance to retain his job for a second season. Both ESPN and the NFL Network, citing league sources, reported both men are likely on the way out.
The 49ers had no comment about the reports.
The 49ers conclude the regular season on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium. The firing of Baalke was expected to be announced after the game. Kelly’s status could also be finalized at that time, too.
Kelly’s chances of retaining his job appeared to hinge on his willingness to make changes to his offensive philosophy, which does not value time of possession, and coaching staff, including defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil.
If Kelly is fired, the 49ers would have to consecutive one-and-done head coaches. After the “mutual parting” of 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh after the 8-8 season of 2014, Baalke promoted defensive line coach Jim Tomsula.
Tomsula was fired after the 49ers went 5-11 last season. Kelly was hired two weeks after he had been fired as Philadelphia Eagles coach.
The 49ers have stumbled even worse under Kelly’s direction. The 49ers (2-13) had a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak, which the team snapped last week with a 22-21 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. Both of the 49ers’ victories this season came against the Rams.
The 49ers would be expected to look outside the organization to fill both the general manager and head coach positions.