The Chip Kelly era officially began Monday morning when the team gathered in Santa Clara for the first offseason workouts and team meetings. The prelude to the era revealed that Kelly belongs to the school of coaches who deal with the press by delivering a lot of earnest balderdash.
That’s okay. Former HC Jim Harbaugh slung the over the top baloney as well as anyone. He also more often than not delivered on his hyperbole. We’ll have to wait a bit to see how well Kelly does in this regard. Not that he’ll have much opportunity to field a contender with the depleted mess of a roster GM Trent Baalke has created.
It’s hard to get a bead on what to expect from Kelly. His departure from Philadelphia was accompanied by a lot nasty remarks from former players and the Eagles’ front office. That makes it clear he stepped on some egos there, but whether the criticism was an honest assessment or just some self-serving lip spew remains to be seen.
Seeing Eagles owner Jeff Lurie jump into the offseason team building enterprise like he knew the price of a hill of beans a la Jed York meddling around out here doesn’t inspire confidence in the opinions, leadership, or direction of the Philly franchise.
Then again there’s not much confidence in this franchise, either. Currently, the fan base seems unevenly divided between those who think the 49ers suck and will suck for years, and other fans who still have faith in the York leadership and can best be described as garden variety lunatics.