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.
Richard Sherman knows what it's like to leave the only franchise he's ever known to join the 49ers.
So, what does he think about Antonio Brown's desire to play in San Francisco?
"Good luck to him," Sherman told TMZ on Thursday night in Los Angeles.
The All-Pro receiver wants out of Pittsburgh and to come to the 49ers "really badly," according to Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.
Steelers owner Art Rooney II has said the team won't release Brown but will explore all other options, including a trade. Rooney also said he expects discussions regarding Brown's future to heat up in mid-March when the new league year begins.
Sherman, who signed a three-year, $27.15 million contract with the 49ers last March, was asked about his time in the Bay Area.
"So far, so good," Sherman told TMZ.
Before Sherman could get away, he was asked if he had a message for Brown.
"Go wherever it makes him happy," Sherman said.
George Kittle had an impressive 2018 season for the 49ers to the say the least.
Kittle was named the top tight end in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus, and PFF even told NBC Sports Bay Area his season could be considered one of the all-time greats if data was around years ago to back it up.
Regardless, he will be known for breaking the NFL single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end, finishing his 2018 campaign with 1,377 yards.
Kittle can now add "Most Improved Player of the Year" to his list of accomplishments, as voted by the Pro Football Writers of America.
This is on top of being voted by the PFWA's All-NFC Team Tuesday and just about every other prestigious football honor one can receive.
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The best part is knowing Kittle is only 25 years old, and can surely still get better.
But for now, we should all relish in his growing list of impressive resume accomplishments.