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Ryan Day expected to join Chip Kelly, 49ers as QB coach or OC

The Chip Kelly coaching staff is slowly taking form, and one of the early names is Ryan Day. We break down what it means.

The San Francisco 49ers coaching staff is slowly taking shape, and one name expected to join Chip Kelly is Ryan Day. Earlier this week, Adam Caplan suggested Ryan Day as a potential candidate for offensive coordinator. On Saturday, Ian Rapaport tweeted that Day is expected to join the staff as either quarterbacks coach or offensive coordinator.

Day worked with Kelly in Philadelphia in 2015 as quarterbacks coach. It was his first NFL job, following three years as offensive coordinator at Boston College and Temple. Day connected with Kelly at the University of New Hampshire, where Day played quarterback while Kelly was the offensive coordinator. Here is Day's coaching resume:

2015 Philadelphia Eagles (Quarterbacks)
2013-2014 Boston College (Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks)
2012 Temple (Offensive coordinator/wide receivers)
2007-2011 Boston College (Wide receivers)
2006 Temple (Wide receivers)
2005 Florida (Graduate assistant)
2003-2004 Boston College (Graduate assistant) 
2002 New Hampshire (Tight ends)

Day has limited NFL experience, but the offensive coordinator role under Chip Kelly is likely more of a glorified position coach role, than a full-on coordinator. The OC might still call plays, but it will be about Chip Kelly's offensive philosophy. That's not to say the OC isn't important, but it just strikes me as not quite the same. John DeFilippo is another name mentioned in connection with the 49ers, so it is also possible Day is the QB coach and someone else like DeFilippo ends up as OC. We'll see in the coming days.