When the offseason started, it seemed likely that Tom Gamble would leave the 49ers and go to another team to become a general manager.
But that didn’t happen, and instead, he landed with the Eagles as vice president of player personnel. When the move was announced, an obvious question was: Why would the 49ers allow Gamble to make what appeared to be a lateral move?
“There’s a lot that went into that decision,” said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke Thursday morning at the Combine. “Tom and I have been friends for a long time and have worked together for an awful long time. It was a chance for him to get home.”
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Look closely, and you’ll see a pattern forming that speaks directly to Chip Kelly‘s plan of attack.
Offensive line coach, assistant offensive line coach; tight ends coach, assistant tight ends coach. Defensive line coach, assistant defensive line coach. And so on. There is a strength and conditioning coach, and a sports science coordinator to complement him. Kelly himself has former head coach Pat Shurmur on his wing.
Even the pair of linebacker coaches might not be all about the expected switch to a 3-4.
As defensive coordinator Billy Davis puts it: “We have two guys for every position.”
And now, Tom Gamble enters the fray to double-down on the personnel side in a big way.