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Number crunch: How Chip Kelly adds up as 49ers’ new coach

A statistical look at the 49ers’ hiring of Chip Kelly as head coach Thursday.

2: Head coaches hired by 49ers since the 1970 merger who entered the job with NFL head-coaching experience, according to ESPN Stats & Info, with Dennis Erickson being the other. He went 6-23 in 2003-04.

6: Candidates reportedly interviewed to be the 49ers’ head coach – Kelly, Hue Jackson, Tom Coughlin, John DeFilippo, Dirk Koetter and Anthony Lynn.

7.4: Wins on average by 49ers’ head coaches in their first seasons, after the 1970 merger. They went 81-91 in 11 transition years. George Seifert had the best inaugural season in 1989, going 14-2 and winning the Super Bowl. A decade earlier, Bill Walsh had the worst initiation, with his 2-14 1979 season. But hey, they kept him around and won three Super Bowls under his leadership, including one the season before Seifert took over.

10: Wins in each of Kelly’s first two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. They went 7-9 this season.

20: Head coaches in 49ers franchise history.

26: Seasons of coaching experience for Kelly at the NFL and college level. Before joining the Eagles, Kelly was Oregon’s head coach (2009-12) after two seasons as the team’s offensive coordinator (2007-08).

26.9: Points per game by Kelly’s Eagles the past three seasons, ranking third in the NFL. The 49ers’ 14.9 average this season ranked worst in the NFL by 2.3 points.

26.9: Points allowed per game by the Eagles this season, compared to 24.2 by the 49ers.

52: Kelly’s age.

86.4: Passer rating for Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford this season, 26th in the NFL and one spot ahead of 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert at 86.2. Colin Kaepernick? He was at 78.5. The Bee’s Matt Barrows reports Kelly’s hiring could mean a San Francisco comeback for Kaepernick.

175: Running plays gaining 10 or more yards by the Eagles the past three seasons, second most in the NFL.

201: Difference in plays from scrimmage by the Eagles’ defense (1,148, most in NFL) and the Seahawks’ defense (947, fewest in NFL) this season. The Eagles’ defense was on the field for an average of 71.75 plays per game.

$13 million: Approximately what Philadelphia owes Kelly over the next two years, but that will be offset by Kelly’s deal with the 49ers, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

Compiled by Jon Schultz

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