It was believed that the team would either release him or trade Kaepernick this offseason. However, now that Kelly is at the helm, there is speculation that they could keep Authentic Womens Nicolas Meloche Jersey the 28-year-old dual-threat signal caller and hope that Kelly’s offense represents a better fit for Kaepernick’s skill set. Blaine Gabbert performed adequately as his replacement, but his ceiling is thought to be much lower than Kaepernick’s.
The hiring of the offensive-minded Kelly appears to be a good fit for a 49ers offense that ranked last or next-to-last in nearly every major statistical category in 2015. Their 238 points scored were the fewest by any team since the 2012 Chiefs. The 49ers and the Cowboys were the only NFL teams this season that didn’t reach 30 points in any game.
Kelly was a surprise casualty Elite Austin Romine Jersey of the Eagles just after a Week 16 game against Washington. Kelly left his job at Oregon to join the Eagles in 2013, and many felt that he would get more than three seasons to turn the team around.
However, Kelly hasn’t seemed like a favorite of the players. Furthermore, given his control over personnel, many of the team’s failings in recent seasons can be attributed to him. He got rid of players like DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy and Nick Foles, bringing in players like DeMarco Murray, Kiko Alonso and Sam Bradford, who have not found much success.
In San Francisco, Kelly will not have that same kind of control over personnel, per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. General manager Trent Baalke will maintain his power over the roster, while Kelly will stick to coaching.
The big question looming over the team — and one that is front and center now for Kelly — is what to do with quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The fifth-year player was benched last November following a string of underwhelming performances, and ultimately ended up on the season-ending injured reserve list with a non-throwing shoulder injury, which required surgery.