And now, San Francisco faces an offseason of change with the goal of returning the organization to the upper echelon spot it has held so often in the league’s history.
Owner Jed York and the 49ers‘ key decision-makers are expected to replace both embattled GM Trent Baalke and Kelly, multiple sources say. A full house-cleaning is described as “likely” by several people with knowledge of the situation.
A final decision won’t come until after Sunday’s game. But it would be a major surprise if either Kelly or Baalke keep their jobs.
The 49ers have not had to replace a coach and GM since 2005 when they hired Mike Nolan and Scot McCloughan.
With the move, the 49ers now go one-and-done with their coach two years in a row. It means they will owe more than $30 million in coaches salaries. But as one source explains, that’s not as important as building a winning franchise again.
York told local reporters he’ll address them when the season ends. By that time, he’ll be ready to sit down and discuss a search for two new faces of his team.
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