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San Francisco 49ers hire Chip Kelly as head coach

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The San Francisco 49ers have hired former Oregon Ducks and Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly.

The team posted the announcement on Twitter Thursday morning.

The former Eagles coach will replace fired coach Jim Tomsula. Kelly emerged as the favorite among several experienced candidates that included Mike Shanahan and former Raiders coach Hue Jackson, hired Wednesday to coach the Cleveland Browns.

The 52-year-old Kelly was fired by Philadelphia after Week 16 with one game left in his third season as coach. The former University of Oregon coach was 6-9 in 2015 following two 10-6 seasons, prompting Eagles CEO Jeffrey Lurie to make a change.

Hiring the offensive-minded Kelly could give the 49ers good reason to keep quarterback Colin Kaepernick to work his way back into the dominant, dynamic quarterback he was a few years back with his legs and strong arm.

Kelly was 46-7 in four years at Oregon, leading the team to four straight BCS bowl games, including a bid for the national championship against Auburn in 2011.

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