I suppose I should wait until after the Chipper presser, but what the hell. The 49ers are in the midst of the regime change being brought about by the hiring of Chip Kelly. Reportedly gone are offensive coordinator Geep Chryst, quarterbacks coach Steve Logan, receivers coaches Adam Henry and Ronald Curry, secondary coach Tim Lewis, defensive line coach Scott Brown, defensive assistants Ejiro Evero and Aubrayo Franklin, and offensive assistants T.C. McCartney and Joe Scola. Not too surprising about the offensive coaches.
On the defense, Eric Mangenius is still here, but his time likely can be counted in hours as Chip is interviewing Texas assistant coach Mike Vrabel, long-time New England NFL linebacker, and acolyte of Bill Belichick, a close friend of ol’ Chip as well. Makes more sense than one of Belichick’s mortal enemies in Eric Mangini, he of the spy-gate whistle-blowing controversy.
Beyond that, we may get a sense of which quarterback on our roster will be the go-to guy. I certainly feel that Colin brings a lot more to the table than Gabbert, and as I said earlier, this could be a sticking point with the front office and the coach, but you’d thin this came up in the interview. but with these guys, you never know.
Kaepernick and Kelly met on Monday to talk things over, and I suppose we’ll hear something about what they talked about later today, but in Chip’s words, he’s looking for is ‘repetitive accuracy.’ the knock on both our quarterbacks could very well BE repetitive accuracy. Both had some success with short shit, but both struggled (last year anyway) with deeper balls.
Thing is though, when the 49ers had a strong line, CK played a lot better. the line did improve somewhat by the end of the season last year, but the run game was flat (being down to 4th string guys might have something to do with that), but not enough to turn Gabbert into anything more than Alex Smith 1.5.
Greg Cosell had this to say.
I COULD EASILY SEE GABBERT BEING MORE EFFECTIVE IN CHIP’S OFFENSE THAN KAEPERNICK. NOW ONE OF THE PROBLEMS THAT CHIP HAS HAD IN THE NFL IS HE LIKES TO GET FIVE (PASS CATCHERS) OUT, WHICH INCREASES THE PRESSURE ON YOUR QUARTERBACK. AND THAT’S NOT GABBERT’S STRENGTH. AND YOU NEED A REALLY GOOD O-LINE, WHICH HE DID NOT HAVE IN PHILLY AND WHICH HE CERTAINLY DOES NOT HAVE IN SAN FRANCISCO AS WE SPEAK RIGHT NOW.