Trent Baalke

San Francisco 49ers new head coach Chip Kelly holds a football on the field at Levi Stadium on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Kelly makes it clear: He’s not changing

If anyone thought a new Chip Kelly would show up as 49ers…

San Francisco 49ers new head coach Chip Kelly holds a football on the field at Levi Stadium on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
The 49ers have their new head coach, but huge questions remain about who will lead their offense on the field. Chip Kelly and Trent Baalke will have to make a decision about whether to keep Colin Kaepernick, sign Sam Bradford or trade up in the draft to select Cal’s Jared Goff. (AP photos)

QB question looms large

New 49ers coach Chip Kelly is known for his zone-read offense, and…

The 49ers have their new head coach, but huge questions remain about who will lead their offense on the field. Chip Kelly and Trent Baalke will have to make a decision about whether to keep Colin Kaepernick, sign Sam Bradford or trade up in the draft to select Cal’s Jared Goff. (AP photos)
Colin Kaepernick is not an ideal quarterback for the up-tempo system of new 49ers head coach Chip Kelly, the former Philadelphia Eagles coach who has gone on record as saying he values “repetitive accuracy” in his quarterbacks. (Tony Avelar/AP)

Reality for Kelly: Kap not answer

When he’s done explaining why he hates green vegetables, why he isn’t…

Colin Kaepernick is not an ideal quarterback for the up-tempo system of new 49ers head coach Chip Kelly, the former Philadelphia Eagles coach who has gone on record as saying he values “repetitive accuracy” in his quarterbacks. (Tony Avelar/AP)
Chip Kelly has dedicated his entire life to football, making himself an enigmatic force in the game. Will that mesh well with Jed York, who likes to think he's running the team like a Silicon Valley tech startup, or will it all flame out like it did with Jim Harbaugh? (Matt Rourke/AP)

Does Chip even know who Chip is?

The story that nails Chip Kelly, or at least illustrates how he…

Chip Kelly has dedicated his entire life to football, making himself an enigmatic force in the game. Will that mesh well with Jed York, who likes to think he's running the team like a Silicon Valley tech startup, or will it all flame out like it did with Jim Harbaugh? (Matt Rourke/AP)
Former 49ers QB Steve Young is uncertain about new head coach Chip Kelly’s ability to work within the established system of Trent Baalke and Jed York. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Young among those questioning Kelly hire

What goes around comes round, as they say, but as it concerned…

Former 49ers QB Steve Young is uncertain about new head coach Chip Kelly’s ability to work within the established system of Trent Baalke and Jed York. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
Former Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, left, and former Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan are both old enough to be Jed York’s grandfather. But the only reason to hire either of the coaches is if they give the 49ers a fighting chance to win.

The 69ers: AARP coach on tap

Hey, Don Shula is only 86. George Seifert turns 76 this month.…

Former Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, left, and former Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan are both old enough to be Jed York’s grandfather. But the only reason to hire either of the coaches is if they give the 49ers a fighting chance to win.
Former New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin on Tuesday became the seventh coaching candidate to meet with the San Francisco 49ers this offseason. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Same old: Coughlin, 69, meets with 49ers

Desperate times make for desperate measures, which might explain why former New…

Former New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin on Tuesday became the seventh coaching candidate to meet with the San Francisco 49ers this offseason. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly walks the sidelines before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Philadelphia. (Michael Perez/AP)

As 49ers examine Kelly, Jackson next up

On a candidates list otherwise short of starpower, the 49ers have found…

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly walks the sidelines before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Philadelphia. (Michael Perez/AP)
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton speaks during a news conference at the NFL football training facility in Metairie, La., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. Payton talked about his continued commitment to the Saints during the news conference. (Max Becherer/AP)

Payton stays put, 49ers set up Jackson meeting

If it’s a high-profile name with a Super Bowl pedigree that the…

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton speaks during a news conference at the NFL football training facility in Metairie, La., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. Payton talked about his continued commitment to the Saints during the news conference. (Max Becherer/AP)
Word is the 49ers have some interest in hiring New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton to replace Jim Tomsula, but they have some stiff competition in the form of the New York Giants, who Payton may find more appealing. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Kelly wants gig, but 49ers have company in Payton race

Chip Kelly covets the job and has alerted the 49ers. Sean Payton…

Word is the 49ers have some interest in hiring New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton to replace Jim Tomsula, but they have some stiff competition in the form of the New York Giants, who Payton may find more appealing. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
49ers Chief Executive Officer Jed York gestures while speaking to reporters during a media conference Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. York answered questions regarding the announcement that Jim Tomsula has been relieved of his head coaching duties. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

York tries and, as usual, fails

He had me reeled in, I’ll admit. Five yards from my seat…

49ers Chief Executive Officer Jed York gestures while speaking to reporters during a media conference Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. York answered questions regarding the announcement that Jim Tomsula has been relieved of his head coaching duties. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
San Francisco 49ers Chief Executive Officer Jed York gestures while speaking to reporters during a media conference Monday in Santa Clara. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

49ers CEO Jed York: Trent Baalke will remain general manager

SANTA CLARA — San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York is retaining Trent…

San Francisco 49ers Chief Executive Officer Jed York gestures while speaking to reporters during a media conference Monday in Santa Clara. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Jim Tomsula, walking off the field Sunday with assistant coach Tony Sparano after his final game as 49ers' head coach, is one of many reasons why a once-iconic franchise has hit rock-bottom.  (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Payton Place? Not with Baalke still here

Ignore the Yorkaganda and realize this much: Dumping Jim Tomsula, in and…

Jim Tomsula, walking off the field Sunday with assistant coach Tony Sparano after his final game as 49ers' head coach, is one of many reasons why a once-iconic franchise has hit rock-bottom.  (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
San Francisco 49ers fullback Bruce Miller (49) celebrates with teammates during overtime of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in Santa Clara on Sunday. The 49ers won 19-16 in overtime. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Tomsula fired, Harbaugh tweets, ‘You will reap what you sow’

Twelve months after the 49ers parted ways with their most successful coach…

San Francisco 49ers fullback Bruce Miller (49) celebrates with teammates during overtime of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in Santa Clara on Sunday. The 49ers won 19-16 in overtime. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) loses control of the ball and fumbles during a hit by Detroit Lions outside linebacker Josh Bynes (57) during the game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)

Gabbert or Kap, Results the Same

DETROIT — 49ers general manager Trent Baalke was on hand at Ford…

49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) loses control of the ball and fumbles during a hit by Detroit Lions outside linebacker Josh Bynes (57) during the game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)
The only way CEO Jed York can save the 49ers is to cut his losses in coach Jim Tomsula and general manager Trent Baalke, seek out the advice of his uncle, Eddie DeBartolo Jr., and stop meddling in football matters. (Richard Drew/AP)

Jed created debacle that he can’t fix

Other than finding a general manager, a head coach, two coordinators, a…

The only way CEO Jed York can save the 49ers is to cut his losses in coach Jim Tomsula and general manager Trent Baalke, seek out the advice of his uncle, Eddie DeBartolo Jr., and stop meddling in football matters. (Richard Drew/AP)
49ers head coach Jim Tomsula speaks during a news conference following the  game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in St. Louis. The Rams won 27-6. (AP Photo/Billy Hurst)

49ers should blow it up, start over

General manager Trent Baalke, your Mayflower van has arrived. It’s may be…

49ers head coach Jim Tomsula speaks during a news conference following the  game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in St. Louis. The Rams won 27-6. (AP Photo/Billy Hurst)
Jim Tomsula insists he isn’t a puppet

Tomsula’s seat should be hot

If ticket prices were cheap and the stadium was in Golden Gate…

Jim Tomsula insists he isn’t a puppet
General manager Trent Baalke needs to shoulder most of the responsibility for the 49ers’ dismal showing this season, largely in part to his poor draft selections. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Don’t forget Baalke in blame game

While quarterback Colin Kaepernick and head coach Jim Tomsula catch much of…

General manager Trent Baalke needs to shoulder most of the responsibility for the 49ers’ dismal showing this season, largely in part to his poor draft selections. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands on the sideline during the game against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Fans should sue, heads should roll

If this was a prime-time referendum on Jim Tomsula, Trent Baalke, Colin…

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands on the sideline during the game against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)