FRIDAY, 12:23pm: 49ers CEO Jed York confirmed today that Chryst has indeed been promoted to the offensive coordinator role, tweets Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.
WEDNESDAY, 6:22pm: Geep Chryst is expected to be named the next offensive coordinator of the 49ers, two sources tell Albert Breer of NFL.com (via Twitter). Chryst is being promoted from the position of quarterbacks coach.
The writing was on the wall for Chryst when it was revealed that new hire Steve Logan would be coming on board as the team’s new quarterbacks coach, allowing Chryst to ascend to OC. The 49ers have been searching for their next offensive coordinator for some time and they’ve hit roadblocks with several candidates along the way. A number of other candidates were either denied permission to interview with SF while others opted not to pursue it. We may never know if Chryst was truly the club’s top choice for the position, but he comes with years of NFL experience and a tremendous amount of respect from others around the game.
Chryst, who has held a number of jobs in the league, served as the Chargers offensive coordinator in 1999 and 2000. As Matt Barrows of CSNBayArea.com (on Twitter) notes, the Chargers’ offense finished last in the league in rushing in his final year in San Diego.
Chryst was first named as SF’s quarterbacks coach on January 19th, 2011. He is the brother of Paul Chryst, who serves as the head coach at the University of Wisconsin.