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▪ The 49ers rolled out Chip Kelly with a glossy presentation this week. They know the drill. Kelly is their seventh coach in the last 13 years.
▪ Kelly looked cool and confident and, after Jim Tomsula, that’s progress.
▪ One thing’s for certain: The 49ers are no longer unwatchable.
▪ Why you won’t take your eyes off the 49ers under Kelly: There won’t be any middle ground. They’ll either drape themselves in glory or crash and burn.
▪ Give owner Jed York credit: He bet big this time.
▪ The Raiders’ Derek Carr was named to the Pro Bowl, and Raider QBs don’t dodge that game. Rich Gannon twice was the MVP.
▪ The Raiders have nowhere to play in 2016. They could clear away the rubble at Candlestick Point.
▪ Raiders owner Mark Davis lost the musical chairs game in Los Angeles. His father would have stolen the chairs and sued.
▪ The Carolina Panthers can beat Arizona, but one caveat: They celebrate too fast, which might explain why they struggle to finish games.
▪ The Broncos’ Peyton Manning is 7-12 vs. Bill Belichick. The Patriots don’t sweat those screams of “Omaha!”
▪ Conversely: Referee Ed Hochuli will work the game, and the Broncos are 6-0 since 2008 with Hochuli.
▪ Tom Brady with Hochuli? 8-5.
▪ Broncos fans love referees who work out.
▪ By Sunday, Patriots fans will blame Hochuli for Deflategate.
▪ How the Patriots should look at it: Manning and Brady meet for the 17th time. Brady leads 11-5.
▪ Fresno City College’s successful basketball program was undermined by a video showing dirty tactics. Critics miss the point. The Rams win because their 14th and 15th players are as good as most teams’ starters.
▪ FCC guard Nick Hilton has been suspended for four games. Local fans might remember him. He was the MVP of the Modesto Junior College Tournament last month.
▪ The Warriors finally match up with the Spurs on Monday night. Let the fun begin.
▪ Steph Curry’s jersey passed LeBron James’ in sales this week, right about the time the Warriors smoked the Cavaliers by 34.
▪ The difference between Curry and James: You never will see Curry pull a stunt like “The Decision.”
▪ Coach Steve Kerr returns to the Warriors’ bench. A future destination for interim coach Luke Walton: Lakers.
▪ Good news for former Cosumnes River star Brenden Glapion (2013-14): The walk-on senior was given a scholarship by Cal.
▪ Bowl victories amounted to a hello for San Jose State freshman Frank Ginda (Pacheco) and a goodbye for NFL-bound Aziz Shittu of Stanford (Buhach Colony).
▪ The late Glenn Frey appeared in 15 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Ams. Take it easy, Glenn.
▪ Marshawn Lynch could be closing Beast Mode in Seattle.
▪ The consensus about the college basketball season: Many good teams, zero great ones.
▪ He did it his way: The late Bill Johnson, the first American to win Olympic gold in an Alpine event (1984 downhill).
▪ Just because, as the Rams pack for L.A.: Roman Gabriel.
▪ Just because, Part 2: Merced product Tony Slaton (Rams, 1985-89).
▪ While watching Kelly, York and general manager Trent Baalke: Baalke’s seat appeared to be warmer than the others.
▪ The 49ers own the NFL’s fourth-most salary-cap space plus 21 draft picks over the next two years. The ball is in Baalke’s court.
▪ The Colin Kaepernick-Kelly union is another coin toss. When Kaepernick was mentioned, Kelly dropped Blaine Gabbert’s name. Not a ringing endorsement for the Pitman High grad.
▪ Conclusion: The 49ers will draft a quarterback.
▪ Kelly didn’t get along with the Eagles’ front office and often can be stubborn and abrasive. Wait a minute: Didn’t the 49ers rid themselves of a similar guy (Jim Harbaugh)?