49ers To Hire Robert Saleh As DC

Former Jaguars linebackers coach Robert Saleh is expected to join the 49ers as defensive coordinator, a source tells Adam Caplan of ESPN.com (on Twitter). It was previously reported that Saleh was being considered for a “co-defensive coordinator” role with Falcons defensive passing game coordinator Jerome Henderson, but this job will be Saleh’s alone.

Many thought Saleh would follow former Jacksonville head coach Gus Bradley and join the Chargers’ staff, but the 49ers came through with a better offer and title. Saleh, 38, has been in the NFL coaching world since 2006. In addition to his time with the Jaguars, he also has experience with the Titans and Seahawks.

San Francisco previously targeted Bradley for this job and also tried to interview Bears DC Vic Fangio, but they were denied permission by Chicago. Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores was also mentioned as a candidate. Ultimately, Saleh has the gig and he’ll be tasked with turning around the league’s worst defense.

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  1. Austin0723

    Why is this so important he was a Jags coach and now he’s a 49ers DC it’s not that big of a deal

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    • BayAreaSportsFan

      Hmm, 49ers are the second most successful team in the NFL, so 49ers news takes precedence over pretty much every other team, especially any garbage Texas teams.

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      • LAAJR

        ¡Smells like posterior kisser in chief named Harry Berezin!

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    • JT19

      Because it’s news when a team hires someone to become one of their main (offense or defense) coordinators? OCs and DCs also usually run their team’s offense/defense…so I don’t know…seems pretty important to me.

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    • Dianxue

      Um, it’s not. They mentioned that because, oh you know, IT WAS HIS PREVIOUS EMPLOYER.

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  2. Sean

    Well it is a big deal when ur team doesn’t have a DC and ur HC is still hiring his staff so yea ur point is voided sorry had to say it lol

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  3. 49erShark

    It’s pretty important who a DC is for a new coaching staff, not to mention that Management is making the right moves…so far.

    Let’s see what the plans are for free agency.

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