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Chip Kelly on rumor he’s looking to leave 49ers: ‘I’m not going anywhere’

On Thursday, a report came out that indicated San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly was looking to bounce out of his current job after being saddled with a bad roster in San Francisco (more on that here).

Speaking with local reporters later that day, Kelly shot that rumor down, though he did jokingly leave the door open for a new career.

“Unless the media has an opportunity for me somewhere,” Kelly joked (h/t Eric Branch of SFGate.com). “I’ll always explore those opportunities.”

Kelly then provided a direct answer: “I’m not going anywhere.”

It’s worth pointing out that the 49ers and Kelly agreed on a lucrative four-year deal just this winter spring worth $24 million.

It’s also worth noting Kelly is in a tremendous spot with the 49ers in that the team will likely finish among the worst in the league this season. This means he might finally be able to land a top-flight college quarterback like Deshaun Watson or DeShone Kizer to mold into a star.

If that doesn’t sound like something general manager Trent Baalke would spring for, 49ers fans, have no fear. He’s likely not going to be around next year, as he currently is the fall guy and the man on the hot seat in San Francisco.

The 49ers recently promoted Tom Gamble to the position of assistant general manager. He and Chip Kelly have a past history together and enjoy working with one another.

It’s much more likely Gamble would be willing to finally pick a quarterback at the top of the draft. And, thanks to Baalke’s draft pick hoarding ways, the 49ers have plenty of currency to throw at the top pick, if they don’t land there organically.

With all this in mind, it really doesn’t make sense that Kelly would be eager to leave San Francisco after just one year. He had to realize the team was going to struggle in 2016, just based on the simple fact that Blaine Gabbert was the team’s best option to start at quarterback to open the season.