If not indulging the media makes a great football coach, the San Francisco 49ers are going undefeated this year.
Because Chip Kelly is not here for verbal games.
Maybe it was all the Colin Kaepernick questions he didn’t want to answer, but the 49ers’ head coach had more than his fair share of humorous answers when grilled by the press on Tuesday after Day 1 of Organized Team Activities.
Kelly’s thesis: It’s too early for any of these questions.
When asked how recently retired Jarryd Hayne looked fielding punts during their brief overlap, the new Niners head man felt no obligation to rain praise on the Australian and said anyone can make plays against a non-existent defense.
“There’s a difference between catching the ball on air and people running down and trying to take your head off,” Kelly explained. “That’s a little bit different and that’s what kind of separates them. But he did a nice job with that, but everybody does a nice job in catching the ball on air.”
Kelly would also prefer you to not ask about his time in Philadelphia, because the only thing he’s changed in the last year is his geographic orientation.
“The ocean is on the other side, so if I was facing north in Philly, the ocean is on the right. Now the ocean is on the left,” Kelly said when asked how he’s changed. “I don’t feel like I’m different.”
No personal questions, got it.
So what is he looking for in his receiving corps?
“I just like them all to be good.”
Can you be more specific than that, coach?
“Those are the parameters,” he doubled-down. “We like them to be good. All of them. Not one, and this guy complements him because this guy catches with his right hand, that kid catches with his left hand. We want them all to be good.”
Hard to argue with that.