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NFL head coach tracker: 49ers hire Chip Kelly, Giants hire Ben McAdoo

The San Francisco 49ers today hired Chip Kelly as their head coach, while the New York Giants hired Ben McAdoo as their head coach.

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The San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants both hired head coaches on Thursday, as the 49ers announced the hiring of Chip Kelly while the Giants announced the hiring of Ben McAdoo.

The NFL head coaching search continues for some teams, as the Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still looking for their next head coach.  The Miami Dolphins previously hired Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase as their next head coach, while the Cleveland Browns yesterday announced the hiring of Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.

Kelly was fired shortly before the season ended after three years as head coach of the Eagles.  Kelly posted a 26-21 record with the Eagles and had two ten win seasons and a playoff appearance.  His teams finished with a top-five offense in each of his first two seasons before ranking 12th in 2015.  Before his time as the head coach of the Eagles, Kelly was the head coach of Oregon, where he went 46-7 in four seasons.  The hiring of Kelly comes as a surprise to some as he wasn't rumored to be a leading candidate, but he did interview with them last week.  The hiring could be good news for quarterback Colin Kaepernick, as Kelly might stick with him and try to help revive his career after a rough season a year ago.  Kelly is a smart coach but had personnel troubles in Philly and reportedly didn't really get along with people, so we'll see whether he's learned from it.

The Giants' hiring of Ben McAdoo comes as no surprise, as he has done a good job with Eli Manning and the Giants' offense in the past two seasons as offensive coordinator.  In his two seasons leading the Giants' offense, they finished in the top ten in total yardage both times and Manning enjoyed the best two years of his career.  He was a tight ends coach (2006-2011) and quarterbacks coach (2012-2013) for the Green Bay Packers before joining the Giants.  The move keeps some continuity with the Giants after Tom Coughlin stepped down, which is good news for Manning and the Giants' offense - the only question is how McAdoo will do running the entire team.