49ers HC Chip Kelly was asked Wednesday if there was any chance of him leaving for the Oregon head coaching job now that they’ve fired Mark Helfrich.
“No,” responded Kelly, via Eric Branch of SFGate.com.
Instead, Kelly said he’s focused on remaining in the NFL as the 49ers’ head coach.
“Yep,” Kelly said. “So we’re done with that, I hope.
“I haven’t talked to a college since I’ve been in the NFL, and that’s not my goal,” Kelly said at the time. “My goal is to be the head coach of the 49ers. That’s what I’m going to do. It surprises me that it continues to be a new story. It’s been the same story since I left four years ago. I’m not looking to go back and that’s what I’ve always said.”
According to Kelly, the only person he’s spoken to at Oregon has been Helfrich.
“The only person I’ve talked to is Helf,” Kelly said. “So we can talk about the Bears. I have not talked to anybody at Oregon expect Mark Helfrich.”
Many have wondered if Kelly could return to his old job, considering that the 49ers are currently 1-10 and he had a great deal of success as Oregon’s head coach. However, Kelly has maintained that he wants to remain in the NFL and help San Francisco turn things around.
Kelly, 53, was hired by the Eagles back in 2013 as their head coach. He lasted just under three years in Philadelphia before he was fired during the 2015 season. The 49ers hired him as their head coach soon after.
Since taking the Eagles’ head-coaching job back in 2013, Kelly has produced a record of 27-31 (46.6 percent) as an NFL head coach including one playoff appearance while he was with the Eagles.