Chip Kelly will make his official public debut as the head coach of the 49ers Wednesday at a news conference with general manager Trent Baalke and CEO Jed York.
Since the team’s announcement of his hiring last week, Kelly has stayed away from the media and kept quiet about his plans, the 49ers’ needs and his coaching staff.
That will change today, when Kelly steps in front of a microphone. And one thing many are interested in learning is what the makeup of Kelly’s staff will be.
Some members of Jim Tomsula’s staff already have departed for other jobs. And, defensive coordinator Eric Mangini reportedly is being considered as a candidate to remain in that position.
But as Mike Florio of NBC’s Pro Football Talk wrote Tuesday night, the 49ers on Monday cut ties with 10 Tomsula assistants, including offensive coordinator Geep Chryst, quarterbacks coach Steve Logan and receivers coaches Adam Henry and Ronald Curry.
So, the media and fans will be curious Wednesday to find out if Kelly will announce some key members of his staff, particularly his offensive and defensive coordinators.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reported that Kelly is considering two run-oriented coaches as his offensive coordinator, Lions running backs coach Curtis Modkins and Bills running backs coach Anthony Lynn.
The offensive coordinator for the 49ers won’t wield as much weight as on most NFL coaching staffs, because Kelly – an offensive-minded coach – is expected to call his team’s plays and be the architect of the offense.
On defense, Texans linebackers coach Mike Vrabel is a candidate to be coordinator, along with Mangini.