Chip Kelly got a whirlwind tour of the 49ers’ dysfunctional front office last week. First, the 49ers went public with how excited they were to have Colin Kaepernick on the roster come April 1. Kaepernick’s agents then went public with Kap’s desires to be traded. Next, the 49ers leaked that two teams were interested in a trade for Kap. Followed immediately by both teams denying they have any interest in trading for him.
Welcome to the Funny Farm, Chip.
Actually, Chip probably wonders if he’s still in Philadelphia, where a dysfunctional front office was the norm, too. The GM there — Howie Roseman, a Trent Baalke look-alike — battled with Chip for control of the team and eventually won that battle, getting Kelly run out of town. This year, the Eagles will finish dead last in the NFC East and the owner will be calling Jed York for tips on how to eat humble pie.
Last year at this time, there was a lot of talk about a new up-tempo offense. That talk persisted the entire offseason and through the first game of the regular season. Three shellackings later, the up-tempo was never mentioned again.
That shouldn’t be a problem this year. Kelly’s offense is up-tempo in the extreme. There will be no snack or pee breaks between plays this year. Those will have to be scheduled while the defense is on the field, which should be quite often.
Every now and then, you see happy, enthusiastic Niner fans displayed on the 49er Twitter feed and I can’t help wondering, “Are these people terminally stupid or just incredibly shameless?”
It’s a mystery. Maybe the Yorks have more illegitimate children than previously suspected.
The Combine, and February, are mercifully done. Next week, the 2016 NFL year kicks off and the fun begins. Baalke has to fix the O-line before the Draft. Anything less will be considered yet another failure. Nothing like having your job on the line to bring out the best, or worst, in someone. Let’s see how our GM handles what surely is the most stressful period of his tenure.