On Friday, I predicted Chip Kelly would resign as head coach of the 49ers and become the new head coach of the Oregon Ducks by Monday if Oregon lost on Saturday.
Well, Oregon lost on Saturday, and Kelly hasn’t quit yet. What is going on?
Here’s how I read the situation:
Kelly can’t quit yet, because Oregon hasn’t fired their head coach, Mark Helfrich. But, according to USA Today, Oregon is expected to fire Helfrich, who said he will meet later this week with athletic director Rob Mullens. I imagine Mullens will fire Helfrich during or soon after that meeting.
This brief delay works in Kelly’s favor. Quitting this week while the 49ers are staying and practicing in Orlando would look terrible, because Kelly dragged them there in the first place. Now, Kelly can wait a week and quit next Monday morning after the team returns to Santa Clara.
That’s what I think is going on. What do you think?