On Thursday, Kelly was asked if he was committed to staying with the team beyond the 2016 season. After joking that he might explore media opportunities, he said, “I’m not going anywhere.”
Thanks to some extremely poor management, the 49ers are still paying former head coach Jim Tomsula $3.5 million a year through the 2018 season. On top of that, Kelly’s four-year deal pays him $6 million annually. The 49ers are not going to fire a guy who makes that much money after one year.
That said, Kelly’s name keeps getting attached to every major college job that comes open. He had a phenomenal run as the head coach at Oregon but there have long been whispers that he prefers the life of an NFL coach.
Aside from not having to recruit talent constantly, NFL coaches also don’t have as many obligations to deal with. Being a college coach at a major program is as much about being a glad-handing politician as it is about football. that’s a lot of stress Kelly doesn’t have to deal with in the NFL