Trent Baalke: San Francisco 49ers' Carlos Hyde "ideal" for Chip Kelly

By Alex Butler  |  Feb. 24, 2016 at 8:18 PM
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SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- It doesn't look like San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly will be sending this starting running back packing.

49ers general manager Trent Baalke told's Gregg Rosenthal Wednesday that Carlos Hyde is the "ideal" fit for Kelly's system.

In Kelly's first season as a head coach in the NFL, LeSean McCoy led the Philadelphia Eagles with 1,607 rushing yards. McCoy ran for 1,319 yards in 2014, before being traded that offseason. The Eagles then signed DeMarco Murray, who led the Eagles with just 702 rushing yards.

Hyde, 24, rushed for 333 yards during his rookie campaign in 2014 and 470 yards in seven games last season. He has a career average of 4.1 yards per carry.

Hyde had foot surgery late last season, but is expected to be ready for organized team activities.

Under Kelly, the Eagles went from the No. 1 ranked rushing offense to the No. 14 ranked rushing offense in the NFL. The 49ers ranked No. 21 in rushing last season, No. 4 in 2014, No. 3 in 2013, No. 4 in 2012, and No. 8 in 2011.

Kelly compiled a 26-21 record from 2013 to 2015 with the Eagles, winning one division championship.

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