To put things lightly: It’s been a rough first season for Chip Kelly as the head coach of the 49ers.
The team has made a habit of finding ways to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory — its longest losing streak grows by the week, and there’s little hope on the horizon.
But that hasn’t stopped the head coach from maintaining his irreverent disposition about certain talking points.
Kelly regularly chides journalists covering the team, making a habit of asking people who inquire about his feelings on his job status if they expect to be fired in January as well.
Now, count Pro Football Focus — a website that aims to qualify each NFL player’s individual value to his team — as a recipient of Kelly’s ire.
A reporter on Thursday asked the Niners head man why guard Andrew Tiller wasn’t getting more time despite his superior numbers, according to PFF, at limiting quarterback hurries and sacks.
Kelly brushed the question aside and made it known that he doesn’t put any stock in their style of evaluation.
“How can they grade an offensive lineman when they don’t know what the play is?” he said. “… If someone can look at a film and figure out what we call for a play and know what our scheme is and then give a guy a grade on it, I think there’s a lot of players and coaches that feel the same way. I don’t know. You can do whatever you want with it. It’s like me going into a bank and grading a teller because they gave me a lollipop. I gave them a 94.3.”
Give this guy a Netflix standup special already.
The good news — for the short term at least — is that the 49ers don’t have any Sunday night games on their schedule: That way, Cris Collinsworth, owner of PFF, won’t have an opportunity to slam Kelly and the 49ers on air.
Shortly after Kelly made his point, the Raiders’ official site posted a story boasting that PFF named cornerback Sean Smith and o-lineman Kelechi Osemele as two of the top 10 free agent signings of the offseason. Just another example of how the NFL franchise in the East Bay and South Bay couldn’t be further apart.