Posted: 20 January, 2016
Jarryd Hayne's fate with the San Francisco 49ers will become clearer when new head coach Chip Kelly holds his first press conference with the NFL team
Jarryd Hayne's fate with the San Francisco 49ers will become clearer when new head coach Chip Kelly holds his first press conference with the NFL team.
The 49ers and Kelly on Tuesday fired 10 members of the coaching staff employed by former head coach Jim Tomsula.
Kelly is expected to offer insight into his plans for the team, including Hayne and other players, at an introductory press conference inside the 49ers' headquarters on Wednesday (Thursday 6am AEDT).
The biggest casualty of the staff sackings was offensive co-ordinator Geep Chryst, who had been full of praise for Hayne a month ago, telling reporters the 49ers were "excited about his future".
Chryst has taken plenty of blame for the 49ers' woeful season where they lost 11 of 16 games, finished last in the NFC West conference, missed the playoffs and ranked last among the NFL's 32 teams in scoring.
Their average of just 14.9 points per game was the lowest in the NFL the past four years.
Hayne is expected to be given a chance to prove his worth and rapid advancement in learning the game as part of the 49ers' 90-man training camp roster that will convene in April.
The two coaches who worked closest with the former rugby league star the past season, running backs coach Tom Rathman and special teams co-ordinator Thomas McGaughey, remain on the 49ers' staff.
Rathman, a former 49ers' fullback who joined the team as a running backs coach in 2002, is expected to stay.
McGaughey's future is more precarious, with some reports that he will also be fired while others suggest he is being considered, along with his assistant Richard Hightower, for the special teams job.
McGaughey, who opted to go with Bruce Ellington as punt returner mid-season instead of Hayne, was the Australian's most vocal critic.
Last month McGaughey said Hayne "needs to learn how to play football".
The San Francisco Chronicle, citing an NFL source, reported there will likely only be three survivors from Tomsula's staff: Rathman; defensive coordinator Eric Mangini; and outside linebackers coach Jason Tarver.
Rathman's return will be a plus for Hayne.
Rathman showed faith in Hayne in the second last game of the season against the Detroit Lions when Hayne was the starting running back.
Hayne, however, wasn't used by McGaughey as a punt returner after the sixth game of the season.
Kelly, after a nine loss, six win record, was fired by the Philadelphia Eagles three weeks ago on the eve of their final game.
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