New 49ers coach Kelly eager to get started


Chip Kelly is focusing on short-term goals in order to restore San Francisco 49ers back to winning ways and is eager to be the man to bring the good times back to the NFL franchise.

Kelly was fired by the Philadelphia Eagles last month, but did not have long to wait to return to work as the 49ers chose the 52-year-old as the successor to Jim Tomsula - who led the team to 5-11 in his one season in charge.

And Kelly called for unity as he attempts to create a winning team at Levi's Stadium.

"The game of football is the quintessential team sport. It takes collaboration on so many different levels for a team to be successful," Kelly said at his first news conference as head coach. 

"It's not just the 11 guys on the field, it's an entire organisation, and in the short time that I've been here I've just been struck this synergy that goes through this building in terms of how everybody is on a quest to go to the Super Bowl. 

"Not just in a long-term facet, but on a daily basis, I can't wait to get started."

With uncertainty surrounding veteran quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Kelly addressed how the team will approach finalising the roster this offseason. 

He added that Tom Rathman will be retained on his coaching staff and praised him for being the best running backs coach in the league.

"When it comes to quarterbacks or any other position here, it's an on-going process in evaluation," Kelly added. "The main thing is putting a staff together. After that, we'll evaluate the personnel."

Kelly finished his tenure with the Eagles with a 26-21 record after bringing his explosive offensive system that boasted huge success on the college level at Oregon to Philadelphia in 2013. 

The Eagles went 10-6 in each of Kelly's first two seasons, winning the NFC East in 2013. But Kelly was given full control of the roster last January and proceeded to make several questionable moves.

In San Francisco, Niners general manager Trent Baalke will instead have control of the team's 53-man roster. Still, Kelly expects that he will learn from his mistakes and bring success to his new team next season.

"I'm not governed by the fear of what other people say. You have to have belief and conviction in what you're doing," Kelly said. "The goal is every single week to put your players in a position where they have an opportunity to be successful and them let them go play.

"I'm not a prediction guy. The focus has to be on short-term goals, and that's improving on a daily basis."

San Francisco CEO Jed York is confident the team have hired the right man.

"We've been working tirelessly to get the 49ers back to championship form," York said. "The first big step is hiring the right head coach, and I couldn't be more excited than to hire Chip Kelly.

"Chip's vision was above the rest. He's going to take us where we want to go."