This is a week old, but I wanted to make sure and post something about it. College football teams have begun spring practice, and the San Francisco 49ers happen to be just down the road from Stanford and Cal. 49ers head coach Chip Kelly made the short trip to Palo Alto a week ago Saturday to check out David Shaw's practice. I've posted a couple pictures below.
Kelly is a football junkie, so it is no surprise he would be on hand for the Stanford practice. And as a Pac-12 guy, it makes even more sense. We hear a lot about football coaches loving football, and even Jim Tomsula talked about tossing the family in the car and driving to high school football games. That's great and all, but I'm hoping Chip Kelly is more reminiscent of Jim Harbaugh in terms of working with other coaches to learn more.
Kelly was down in Alabama while Nick Saban's team was preparing for the national title game. I have a hunch this is not the last time we'll hear about Kelly taking in a practice, or speaking with a coach from another program, be it professional, college, or otherwise.