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Chip Kelly talks Red Sox, message boards, OC factors in KNBR interview

The San Francisco 49ers new head coach had his first KNBR interview on Thursday. We got a lot more background about him, including his favorite baseball player, his coaching influences, and what he is looking for in an OC. Here's a full transcript. You can also listen to audio here.

On not being on social media:

I'm just not a big social media guy. I don't have the time, I would say.

On feelings about players being on social media:

No, that's the society we live in. If they like it and enjoy it, go do it.

On press conference impacting how he views the job:

Honestly, no. I came from a place where they grilled you a lot, so...I thought they were very insightful questions. I thought they were, their knowledge of what they were getting, or what they thought they were getting, I thought they were really detailed, and I enjoyed it. I think there are some real smart people here that cover this team, so it was enjoyable.

On differences between Philly and Bay Area media experience:

It's different. I've lived in Oregon, and I've lived in Philly, but I loved Philly. There's an edge. I think if you don't have an edge, you probably get eaten up pretty quickly. And it was a lot of fun, but I think it's like, do you like steak or do you like lobster. They're both good.

On growing up in New Hampshire and how it defines him:

It's just one step away from heaven ... I live right on the ocean out there. You get the salt air, it's beautiful. You're an hour south of the mountains, so you have all the ski stuff in the wintertime. It's a nice place. Live free or die, that's the motto.

On people of New Hampshire influential for him:

The one thing I would say about my upbringing, and living there, what I loved is that everybody's real. There's not any pretenses, and kind of what you say is what you believe. I've kind of adopted that everywhere I've been. It doesn't seem like there's ulterior motives or anything else. They're gonna speak their mind. You don't have to agree with it, but you're gonna know where the person you're talking to stands.

On his favorite baseball team (Kruk and Kuiper asked in previous segment):

I would politically say it's the Giants, but I would be lying. I'm a Red Sox fan. But they're in the American league, so....

Favorite player:

Bernie Carbo.

On being a kid during '75 World Series:

Yea, Carlton Fisk home run never would have made it if Bernie Carbo didn't hit a 3-runner to tie it up.

On going to Fenway:

Yea, when you go to Fenway Park, it's hours you've spent in the park, not innings. So, yea, I've been there a few times.

On relationship with Tom Gamble:

When I took the job in Philadelphia, we had a chance to hire a personnel guy and I hired Tom, really from my relationship in college. When you're in college, you get to see scouts on a daily basis, and the ones you kind of hit it off with. I thought he had a great eye. Tommy Gamble was the guy that brought Will Tukuafu here   rom Oregon. Will played defensive end for us, was a great player and great person, and they turned him into a fullback, and he's still playing fullback for the Seattle Seahawks now, and has had a heck of a career in the National Football League. But for a guy to come in to look at a defensive lineman and say, "I think he could be a good fullback at the next level," I don't think anybody else saw that. But that's just the type of guy Tom is, and that struck me, what an eye he has for talent. Tommy's an East Coast guy, so he kind of talks fast and in quick statements and phrases, so I understood him and he understood me, and we just hit it off. He's a football guy, through and through, he just lives and breathes the game. We had a great experience the two years I was with him in Philadelphia, and then he came back here last year, and we've always kept in touch.

On comfort Gamble provides in new job:

Yeah, he's just, the one thing about Gam is he's straight forward and honest. You know exactly what his agenda is because he doesn't have an agenda. He just wants to win, he's a team guy, and philosophically, we think a lot alike.

On Trent Baalke being on the outside of Kelly-Gamble relationship:

You're allowed to have more than one friend. Trent and Tom are very close. I think that People that have similar thoughts and visions of things tend to gravitate toward each other anyways. That's what struck me. I knew Trent just a little bit, because Tom and Trent are really close. When Gam told me a little bit what's going on, he just said, "I really think you and Trent should sit down because I think you'd hit it off." And he was right.

On history with Baalke:

Yea, the same thing, Trent's one of those guys, he's a grinder. He's on the road all the time. There aren't a ton of general managers that are out on college campuses all the time. So, I got a chance to visit with Trent a couple times when I was at Oregon and he was looking at our prospects for the upcoming drafts and whatnot. Spent some time talking football with him, and he's very thorough, very detailed. Trent's the type of guy that on Wednesday night takes off, gets on a plane, goes to a Thursday game, scouts on Thursday, goes to a different team on Friday, sees a different game on Saturday and then flies into wherever, whether it's a home game for the 49ers or an away game for the 49ers. I keep using the term "football guy," but that's what Trent is.

On Chip Kelly and power-running offense:

I don't know if the word power's involved, but it is a running offense. We've led, I think my first year we led the NFL in rushing, then finished in the top-five two years ago and finished 12th this year. You have to run the football and stop the run, no matter what level you play at, whether it's high school, college or professional ranks. I'm a firm believer in that. You need to be stout on defense, stop the running game and I think you need to be  able to run the football. Because if you're running, you're winning. Usually you're protecting the lead, it's the end of the game, you need to run the football. You need to be able to be a great 4-minute offense. If you're a great four-minute offense, that means you're winning a lot.

On if QB must be a runner:

No, I think your quarterback has to be able to complement your running game. This is not a quarterback, I've never been or had a quarterback run-driven offense. We don't run designed plays where we snap the ball directly to the quarterback and he's just running it. If the defense is cheating and overcompensating for your running back, then the quarterback needs to keep him honest. I think that's another misconception, our quarterbacks run all the time. Quarterbacks can help you in the run game, they complement what you do, but it's a running back-driven run game.

[Banter at 11:50 mark or so with Kelly asking why they keep having to re-introduce the show. Funny stuff]

On Carlos Hyde in offense:

Again, I mentioned it yesterday, I'm not trying to be evasive but I can't tell how a player fits into our offense, because if I do then the league will fine me. But I am a huge Carlos Hyde fan. He had a tremendous career at Ohio State, very coveted coming out. Thought he was a great pick by Trent and he's got a bright, bright, bright future here.

On playoff chances in 2016:

I think your goal is to win every since game you play. And I think when people put numbers on it, I don't understand that. And I've been places where our goal is to do this and to do this. I think your goal is to win every day. And you have no idea what next season's gonna hold. Number one, don't put any restrictions on you that if eight games is good enough, hey, you have no idea, maybe 14 games. But, I'm not a guy that just puts a number on it and says we're going to do this, or makes a bravado statement like, "We're going to the playoffs and I guarantee it." I'm not a guy that talks about what we're going to do. I'm just, "Let's do it." And what it is is, we need to work extremely hard. There's tremendous competition in this division. Arizona, they're in the Championship Game this Sunday. Obviously, Seattle's been to the last two Super Bowls. It's a challenge every week in this league, and you better come to play every single week in this league. And I think sometimes when you look long term, you kind of forget to take care of what you have to take care of on a daily basis. We're into short term goals more than long-term goals

On that being Oregon slogan:

"Win the day." We did it 46 times.

On UCLA fans panicking on message boards that Kelly would take the USC job after Sarkisian:

You're not a message-board guy, are you? Murph, you just dropped, I mean, we haven't spent a lot of time together but you're going to have to bail yourself out of that one.

On Murph being a lurker, not a poster:

Everybody says that, don't they? I just read them. I didn't inhale either.

On ever lurking on Oregon message boards:

I don't have a Twitter account. I think the last thing I was on was MySpace. Is the still? I'm not dating myself, I'm joking, because I've never been on Facebook, or Twitter, or Snapchat, or...Hologram, is that one of them?

[Brief exchange about Pac-12 football]

On Anthony Lynn, Curtis Modkins being considered for OC:

Yeah they are. We're looking at a lot of people. I want diversity in terms of someone that comes from a different system, so that we can continue to grow as a group, and be creative and find ways to move the football on the offensive side of the ball. I think sometimes, well you want someone that thinks exactly like you. Well, I don't want someone that thinks exactly like me because I don't think that makes us grow. I want someone that's been exposed to other systems and can help us as a group here in San Francisco make us better.

On if Mike Vrabel has been offered DC job:

No, until we get people to sign their names on a piece of paper saying they're coming to San Francisco, I don't think it's fair to anybody to say that this has been offered here or that's been offered there

On Mike Vrabel's ability as a coach:

Well, I've never worked with Mike but I know he's got a tremendous resume in terms of his playing career and what he did coaching at Ohio State for Urban Meyer and with Billy O'Brien.

On why Tom Rathman retained:

Tom's a stud. You just watch his playing career and what he's done coaching after that. I've had a chance, when Jim was here, to come down and watch practice, and I've seen Tom coach. I think he's outstanding. When you just sit down and meet him as a man, and we visited last Monday, I was just really, really impressed with him, and just wanted to make sure we kept him. He's a link to the past, but he's also a guy that's technically sound. Does everything where, I think philosophically we're on the same page. But on that note, there's some other guys on this staff that we're still interviewing. So it wasn't like I think it was reported that we just hired Tom and not anybody else. We're still in the process of doing all that, so there may be other coaches that stay. We're being very thorough, and very detail-oriented, so want to try and put together the best staff we possibly can.

On if he won't change defense to compensate for fatigue level:

No. No. 1 our defense wasn't fatigued. When you talk to our players about how they felt, I think how we train as a team as far as our approach to practice, I think our players are fresh. I just think people want to look at one thing and say "That equals that." There's a cloud in the sky, so it means it's going to rain over there. If there's a cloud in the sky, it doesn't mean it's going to rain. Everyone wants to say one thing equals another thing, and I think that's the point I was saying. If that means I'm defiant, I think there's a lot of different things that factor into playing good defense, and you just can't say, "alright, if we just hold onto the ball long enough, we're going to play good defense." We didn't score any points, and we lost the game. It's about putting together a total package in terms of offense, defense, and special teams, where you have a chance to be successful as a team.

On Eric Rogers signing with the 49ers:

I don't know if he's officially signed anything, so I don't know if I can comment on him.

On biggest coaching influences:

That's a good question. There's a ton. I've become close with Dick Vermeil over the last couple years in my association with Philadelphia. Coach Vermeil is a special man, first and foremost. I think he had a tremendous impact, not only at the college level when he was at UCLA, but then throughout the NFL and the teams he's had. I've had a chance to talk to him. Coach Belichick now, I think he's a guy I get a chance to talk to a lot. When I was back at New Hampshire and at Oregon, I always used to visit the Patriots. Then my coaches that I played for: Bill Bowes at New Hampshire, and Sean McDonnell, who I worked with. The group of guys I had at Oregon, with Mike Bellotti and Nick Aliotti. There's a lot, and I think in this profession, none of us invented this game, we got it from someone else, and if there's an idea, there's probably never been an original idea in football. They've done it a long time ago. If you weren't in the room with Amos Alonzo Stagg and Knute Rockne, who invented this game, then you probably stole the idea from someone. There's been a lot of guys that have influenced me in many ways. That's the great thing about this game, and why I have so much respect for this game. Because there's been so many good people that not only have they done it right, they want to share the right way to do it. And it's been cool. I said that yesterday when I was out for that time after Philadelphia. Being able to talk to Bill Parcells, and just run ideas by him, I never worked with Coach Parcells, or been in his organization, but the fact that I could call him if I had a question, and he's there for you, is kind of the cool thing about the profession that we're in.

On ever meeting Bill Walsh:

No I didn't, unfortunately. I've read a lot of his books and I know the influence he's had on the game. I never had an opportunity to meet him.

On surprise at only one team interviewing him:

No, one thing I know about this league is nothing surprises you. And number two, to be perfectly honest with you, I only wanted to talk to one team. [The 49ers, huh?] You got it.

On main reason:

This is where I wanted to be. I would have walked here from New Hampshire.