AS EAGLES DITHER, CHIP KELLY MEETS WITH NINERS ABOUT COACHING

By Michael Donovan

As his former team is putting itself through psychological knots trying to figure out what makes a coach acceptable to Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and one who will also put up with oversight by Howie Boy Roseman:

Fired Eagles coach Chip Kelly had an interview late Thursday with the San Francisco 49ers!

According to the San Jose Mercury, Kelly met with the Niners after Kelly’s camp had expressed interest in the job and that he was likely to at least be under consideration.

Kelly was fired by the Eagles on Dec. 29 with one game remaining in the season and the team sporting a 6-9 record. Kelly, who would like to remain in the NFL, was 26-21 in three seasons with the Eagles.

The 49ers fired rookie coach Jim Tomsula on Sunday. San Francisco went 5-11 in Tomsula’s lone season as head coach.

With the Niners looking for a new head coach for the second straight year, they also met with Buffalo Bills running backs coach Anthony Lynn on Thursday, CSNBayArea.com reported.

Communication issues with players and management appear to have been part of the reason the Eagles fired Kelly. Owner Lurie has made it clear what qualities he wants the next coach to have: “Looking for somebody who interacts very well and communicates clearly with everybody he works with and comes in touch with,” he said.

When the 49ers parted ways with coach Jim Harbaugh at the end of the 2014 season, clashes with management, particularly general manager Trent Baalke, were often cited for the split.

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