SANTA CLARA (CBS SF) – San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly was in Maine Tuesday attending the funeral of his father who died over the weekend.
Paul Kelly passed away on Friday and his son Chip remained with the team for their game in Chicago before traveling east to be with his family.
49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick told reporters on Tuesday the coach was in the prayers and thoughts of he and his teammates.
“Our thoughts and everything are with him,” Kaepernick said. “You never want to see anybody have that happen to them, have that happen to a family. But, we have to do a good job as players and coaches that are here of making sure that we’re on top of the game plan and preparing for Sunday.”
Offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins echoed Kaepernick’s sentiments.
“First of all, it’s been a long weekend and obviously I think first and foremost what’s been on my mind is [head coach] coach [Chip] Kelly,” he told reporters at Tuesday news briefing. “Our condolences go out to him. We have 100-percent support for him. The way he’s handled this has really been a good example for me on how you handle things like this that happen in your life.”
Modkins said he and the other assistants will get the team prepared for the New York Jets game following a plan left for them by Kelly.
“Coach has a plan for us, the plan is already laid out,” he said “We all know the plan and we’re following the plan that we do every week and we’ll do that until he returns.”