Football fans were surprised to hear the news Thursday - the San Francisco 49ers hired ex-Eagles coach Chip Kelly.
The 49ers Facebook page posted a #WelcomeCoachKelly after the team's CEO announced the hire via Twitter.
Kelly was fired on December 29 with a 26-21 record in his time with Philadelphia. The team stumbled to a 6-9 record through the first 15 games of the 2015 season after coming into the year with sky-high expectations.
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Matt Maiocco with ComcastSportsNet reports that Kelly interviewed with 49ers general manager Trent Baalke and CEO Jed York on Thursday and agreed to the job after the 49ers conducted a 11-day coaching search.
Associated Press sportswriter Janie McCauley writes, "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."