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5-11, 4th in NFC West
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Chip Kelly actually did play college ball

San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly did indeed play during college at the University of New Hampshire. But that doesn't mean he played well. "Let's just say he was a better coach than a player," said Mike Murphy, New Hampshire associate athletic director for communications. Ranking all 32 NFL coaches as players

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Ex-NFL exec Hanks joins Conference USA

Former NFL executive and player Merton Hanks has been named senior associate commissioner of Conference USA. He will be responsible for managing the league's operations for football and baseball.

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How far the 49ers' defense has fallen

NaVorro Bowman is still a good player, but he's not what he was a few years ago, much like the rest of San Francisco's defense. The Niners land near the bottom of Bill Barnwell's list. Ranking defensive triplets

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Just how good is Russell Wilson?

Wilson laid waste to opponents down the stretch last season, but not everyone around the league is sold on the Seahawks' offense. Dan Graziano explains.

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Chip Kelly's options are limited

Carlos Hyde and Torrey Smith have shown flashes, but neither looks like a star. Meanwhile, Blaine Gabbert seems most likely to start at QB. Luckily, Kelly is used to maximizing minimal talent. Ranking triplets

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Smith is an open book on social media

Many players use Twitter for humor, but Torrey Smith isn't shy about using his account to speak his mind or address social issues. Social media stars

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You can't tackle Hyde nor hair of him

Carlos Hyde doesn't often have space to maneuver, but when he does, he's very hard to get solid contact on. If he can stay healthy this season, and his offensive line shows some improvement, he'll give defenses fits. Hardest RBs to bring down

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Who's going to run Chip Kelly's offense?

Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick are competing for the starting role in San Francisco. Kaepernick dealt with injuries last season which opened the door for Gabbert to showcase his talents for the 49ers.

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Kaepernick now happy to be 49er, play for Chip

During a lengthy session with the media on Thursday, Colin Kaepernick was convincing that he is a changed man and ready to stay put with the 49ers.

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Smelter has what San Francisco needs

DeAndre Smelter spent his first year in the NFL on the sidelines, rehabbing an ACL injury suffered in college and acting as a sponge at the Niners' facility. A big target at 6-foot-2, 227 pounds, he is expected to replace the physicality of Anquan Boldin as a receiver, writes Paul Gutierrez. Filling big needs

Team Stats

Passing Yards207.329th
Rushing Yards96.521st
Points For14.932nd
Points Against24.218th

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