The San Francisco 49ers are expected to introduce Chip Kelly as their new head coach later this week. The team announced the hiring last Thursday, but the press conference is not expected until Wednesday or Thursday this week. In the meantime, Kelly has been speaking with assistants to sort through his own coaching staff.
We've already heard some names brought up from Kelly's staff in Philadelphia. On Sunday, we heard that Eagles wide receivers coach Bob Bicknell is expected to join the 49ers in the same role. On Saturday, we heard that Eagles quarterbacks coach Ryan Day is expected to join the 49ers in either that role, or as offensive coordinator. Finally, on Friday, there was some speculation that Eagles defensive line coach and assistant head coach Jerry Azzinaro is a likely candidate to join Kelly's staff. He was with Kelly in Philadelphia and Oregon, so odds seem strong that he follows him to San Francisco.
Chip Kelly will not be bringing his entire Eagles staff with him to the Bay Area. There are reports that new Eagles head coach Doug Pederson plans on retaining OL coach Jeff Stoutland, RB coach Duce Staley, and special teams coordinator Dave Fipp. The staff is also expected to retain defensive backs coach Cory Undlin.
On the 49ers current coaching staff, change is afoot, and Kelly is getting interviews in with some of the coaches. Kelly reportedly already met with Eric Mangini, and will meet with Tom Rathman sometime this week. 2015 wide receivers coach coach Adam Henry is expected to join the New York Giants, according to Football Scoop. There is no word on the team's other wide receivers coach, Ronald Curry. Henry follows OL coach Chris Foerster (Miami Dolphins) and TE coach Tony Sparano (Minnesota Vikings) out the door. Defensive backs coach Tim Lewis has interviewed with the Cincinnati Bengals for a similar position. The Bengals also reportedly interviewed Michigan secondary coach Greg Jackson for the role.