The Santa Clara Yorkies hired an actual NFL head coach last Thursday. Last year’s meathead D-line coach experiment might have seemed cutting edge to Jed York and Trent Baalke, but the 2015 season revealed that edge to be as sharp as the cognitive process of a guy in a coma. Baby steps back to reality for the dysfunctional duo.
The Chip Kelly hire has generated a lot of buzz, both pro and con. However it plays out, at least the franchise will inch away from being a league wide joke. For York, that’s all the win he needs at this point. It’s doubtful he’s ever before experienced the humiliation heaped upon him last year. And all of it richly deserved.
It also conveniently moves the spotlight off him and onto Kelly and Baalke. Two guys with dinged reputations, probably determined to restore their good names. Maybe they’ll succeed. Maybe they’ll fail. Maybe they’ll come to blows. Whatever, at least the Niners will be interesting next year, something last year’s team was not.
Of course, none of this means the Niners will be contenders in 2016. Just not an embarrassment. Maybe.