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49ers hire Chip Kelly as new coach

Chip Kelly is the offensive-minded, experienced head coach the San Francisco 49ers have long sought, and now he needs to win — right away.

The 49ers hired the former Eagles coach on Thursday, finding the leader CEO Jed York is counting on to turn things around for his once-proud franchise.

Kelly faces the daunting challenge of transforming the Niners into an immediate contender again.

"We are thrilled to announce Chip Kelly as the new head coach of the San Francisco 49ers," York said in a statement.

"Chip has a proven track record at both the college and NFL levels that speaks for itself. We believe strongly that he is the right man to...

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