Chip Kelly met with 49ers ownership following Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks and learned his fate. It was the same as that of general manager Trent Baalke, who was told he was relieved of his duties in San Francisco hours earlier.
Baalke confirmed the news to San Francisco radio station KNBR on Sunday.
It was the right thing to do. This is a class organization, Baalke, who had been with the 49ers for 12 years, told the radio station.
Roethlisberger should also be wary of the Kansas City weather. He’s been terrific in the cold over his career, but this week, Bell sets up as a more reliable element in those conditions.
The Chiefs, meanwhile, sit as a very vulnerable run defense. They’re not as bad as Miami, but they still allowed 4.4 yards per carry in the regular season. They’ve lost a key player who could help contain Bell as a runner and receiver in inside linebacker Derrick Johnson.
Including his performance against the Dolphins, Roethlisberger has been a much different, much better QB in his seven home games this season. He rated 115.3 and completed 70.9 percent of his passes. He averaged 302 yards per game and 8.7 yards per attempt. His 22 TDs well offset his 7 INTs.
Early in the season, Big Ben’s big road struggles were tied to not having Le’Veon Bell rolling in the running game like has been the past seven games. Roethlisberger was caught often in a one-dimensional attack in trail mode, bound to lead to more inefficient play for even the best QBs. In other games, however, it was tied to forcing big passes that weren’t there and some bad decision-making.