SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Much like the oft-discussed possibility of his leaving for a college job during the season, San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly isn't concerned with any chatter about his job status beyond this season.
Of course, the Niners and the rest of the NFL are now in the season's final week, so the time for those conversations will soon be upon us. Until that time comes, though, expect Kelly to remain mum.
“I’m concerned with Seattle," Kelly said. "That’s not a discussion, shouldn’t be discussed during the season. So, we’ll discuss it after the season.”
Kelly has previously said he has regular meetings with the Yorks and general manager Trent Baalke throughout the season. Kelly said Monday he sees CEO Jed York and co-owner John York in the locker room after every game. None of those meetings has focused on Kelly's status past the 2016 season.
As you'd expect for a 2-13 team, rumors have swirled about the future of Kelly, Baalke and even Jed York. To this point, nothing has been decided or, if it has, those decisions haven't been announced. It's expected that after such a bad season the Niners will make at least some changes, but it's unclear how far-reaching those alterations will be.
Kelly is in the first year of a four-year, $24 million contract he signed with the team in January. It seems unlikely the Niners would want to move on from Kelly and hire a fourth coach in four seasons, especially considering Kelly wasn't working with much of a roster this season. But if they move on from Baalke and hire a powerful general manager, it's possible that person could want to make a change.
If the 49ers do decide to move on from Kelly, it seems likely to be a more deliberate process than what they've done the past two times they've made changes. In 2014, the 49ers announced they'd "mutually parted ways" with coach Jim Harbaugh immediately after the season finale. Last season, they waited a couple of hours before firing Jim Tomsula.
That will probably change this year, as a decision on Baalke's status would likely come before anything involving the head coach. Likewise, Kelly is expecting a performance review of sorts following the season.
“You would think that’s when it would happen, right?" Kelly said. "We’ve said the same thing every week.”