Kelly Taking Some Assistants West
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — As expected former Eagles coach Chip Kelly will be taking some of his assistants with the Eagles out west with him.
The new 49ers mentor is reportedly set to hire wide receivers coach Bob Bicknell for the same position with San Francisco, as well as defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro, according to FOX Sports.
Also moving with Kelly will be quarterbacks coach Ryan Day, who played the position for Kelly at New Hampshire, although it's unclear what title Day will receive with the 49ers.
FootballScoop.com, meanwhile, reports that new Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson plans to retain at least four other coaches from Kelly's staff: defensive backs coach Cory Undlin, offensive line mentor Jeff Stoutland, running backs coach Duce Staley and special teams coordinator Dave Fipp
Staley's place on the new staff was never in doubt as the organization loves him and interviewed him for the big chair. Fipp, on the other hand, was the one undeniable success story of the Kelly regime as Philadelphia's special-teams production was among the best in the league.
All of Kelly's assistants are under contract with Philadelphia through 2016, so Pederson can keep any coach he would like.
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