49ers To Hire Co-Defensive Coordinators?

Soon-to-be 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan‘s staff appears to be taking shape, as Sporting News’ Alex Marvez details (Twitter links here). Among the offensive-minded Shanahan’s most important calls will be deciding who will run the 49ers’ woeful defense, and he’s actually targeting two assistants – Falcons defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson and ex-Jaguars linebackers coach Robert Saleh – to work as co-coordinators in San Francisco.

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Saleh’s candidacy is no surprise, as FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer reported Sunday that he could land with the 49ers, but Henderson’s emergence is a new development. Henderson is fresh off his first season in Atlanta – where he worked with Shanahan, of course – and is only a year removed from interviewing for the Browns’ then-vacant head coaching job.

Along with potentially taking Henderson from Atlanta, Shanahan is likely to tab Falcons offensive assistant Mike McDaniel as his wide receivers coach in San Francisco. Falcons offensive assistant Mike LaFleur will also go with Shanahan, reports Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com (Twitter link).

Another NFC South assistant, Buccaneers tight ends coach Jon Embree, is poised to oversee the 49ers’ TEs and serve as an assistant head coach, per Marvez. And a pair of current 49ers assistants, linebackers coach Jason Tarver and defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley, are good bets to stay on under Shanahan. Tarver nearly headed elsewhere last month, when he met with the Redskins about becoming their defensive coordinator (a job that ultimately went to onetime 49ers DC Greg Manusky) and discussed a role with the Saints.

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8 comments on “49ers To Hire Co-Defensive Coordinators?

  1. Jeremy

    Co DC risky move but hopefully it will work out. The staff doesn’t look so bad.

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  2. Staff is looking pretty good so far, it may not be a superbowl year for us this coming 2017 season or next year or the year after that but that’s okay, we will be there again just gotta wait for it

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  3. Sean Nelson

    That’s ur opinion man let’s wait and see till we start calling it dumb lol I swear people don’t even wait

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  4. No way both McDaniel and LaFleur go to San Francisco. One of them is gonna be offered the OC job in Atlanta, an offense with real NFL players. If both follow Kyle to San Francisco, best case scenario is one becomes the OC for a coach who will call his own plays, and the other will be a position coach/offensive assistant…for a dysfunctional franchise with nothing on offense except Carlos Hyde. Sounds lucrative.

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    • BayAreaSportsFan

      You act like the 49ers are going to roll out the same dreadful lineups from last year. SF picks 2nd overall in all rounds, they will have lots more talant to develop, and with a new Front Office regime players might be willing to sign. The staff has lots of potential.

      I’m not some starey eyed fan either, I think Eddie debartalo should get the team back from his sister and brother in law and until the yorks lose the team I’ll always be pessimistic long term. But, even I have to admit we are heading in the right direction.

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