49ers Coaching Rumors Roundup: Why San Francisco Didn't Land Sean Payton

The San Francisco 49ers are searching for replacement for Jim Tomsula. It was one-and-done for Tomsula, who was outmatched as a head coach. The 49ers wanted Sean Payton, but failed to land him. There are plenty of rumors around the 49ers, including why they failed to land Payton. Here's our 49ers Coaching Rumors Roundup for Jan. 8th:

Why Payton Isn't In San Francisco
The 49ers wanted Payton, but were unable to land him. Jason La Canfora helps shed some light on why. 

We'll get to Kelly below, but there are two "compensations" the 49ers may have been hung up on. The first is Payton's contract, but it seems unlikely the 49ers wouldn't be willing to give Payton a massive contract. The more likely answer is that the 49ers didn't want to hand over the draft pick compensation the Saints wanted. New Orleans reportedly wanted a second rounder for Payton, which is a steep but fair price. It sounds like the 49ers were close to landing Payton, but were unable to close the deal. 

Chip Kelly The Top Candidate?
As La Canfora mentioned, the 49ers are considering Kelly. La Canfora thinks Kelly's only option to be a head coach this year is in San Francisco. 

The 49ers have reportedly met with Kelly.

Kelly is a divisive candidate. Several former player can't stand him and many fans do not want Kelly in San Francisco. However, he had success early in Philadelphia. He's a gifted offensive mind, but struggled when playing GM this year. For now, it seems like Kelly is the favorite in San Francisco.

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