By Peter Gleason
Fired Eagles coach Chip Kelly hasn’t even been introduced as the San Francisco 49ers new coach, and he has already gotten rid of 10 assistants.
Offensive coordinator Geep Chryst is among the assistants who’ve been ousted by new 49ers coach Kelly.
The news comes on the eve of Kelly’s formal introduction as 49ers coach, six days after his hiring. General manager Trent Baalke and CEO Jed York will introduce Kelly at Wednesday inside the 49ers auditorium at Levi’s Stadium, where preparations are under way for Super Bowl 50.
Kelly was hired last Thursday after an 11-day search. The delay in his press conference was attributed to scheduling conflicts and his desire to first compile a staff, which has yet to be unveiled.
Chryst, promoted a year ago after serving as the quarterbacks coach since 2011, directed an offense that ranked 31st in yards (303.8 per game) and last in scoring (14.9 points per game). Curtis Modkins, the Detroit Lions running backs coach, is a candidate to replace Chryst, the NFL Network reported.
Also fired off former coach Jim Tomsula’s staff were Steve Logan (quarterbacks), Tim Lewis (secondary), Adam Henry (wide receivers), Ronald Curry (wide receivers), Scott Brown (defensive line), Ejiro Evero (defense), Aubrayo Franklin (defense), T.C. McCartney (offense) and Joe Scola (offense). Henry is among four former assistants already hired elsewhere, the others being Chris Foerster (offensive line; Miami Dolphins), Tony Sparano (tight ends; Minnesota Vikings) and Clancy Pendergast (linebackers; USC).