49ers To Hire Wes Welker

Wes Welker‘s interview with the 49ers will lead to the former All-Pro wide receiver relocating.

The Texans employed Welker the past two seasons, but he will leave for the 49ers and become their wide receivers coach, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports (on Twitter). John McClain of the Houston Chronicle initially reported Welker was Bay Area-bound.

The 37-year-old slot receiver-turned-coach met with both the 49ers and Packers last month about jobs, likely meeting with Green Bay regarding its since-filled wide receivers coach position. San Francisco has a wideouts coach, in Mike LaFleur, but he also serves as the team’s run game coordinator. Kyle Shanahan appears to want LaFleur, whom other teams sought to interview this offseason, to focus on that role and bring Welker aboard to oversee the receiving corps.

This will mark a promotion for Welker, who served as an offensive assistant in Houston. The Texans blocked him from interviewing for the Broncos’ wideouts coach job in 2018 but did not intercede when other teams eyed the decorated talent this year.

Prior to helping out with DeAndre Hopkins and the development of Keke Coutee, Welker was a two-time first-team All-Pro receiver. He made five Pro Bowls as a member of the Patriots and was part of the 2013 Broncos outfit that owns the NFL’s scoring record.

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  1. bravesfan88

    Wasn’t LaFleur the 49ers Passing Game Coordinator and WR’s coach last season, not their running game coordinator??

    Anyways, this is an excellent pickup for the 49ers. Not only is Welker a well respected veteran, and someone the 49ers young WR’s will look up to, but he’s also the perfect coach for the current skill-sets of their wideouts.

    The 49ers currently roster several shifty, quick route runners that can and will benefit greatly from Welker’s expertise. Goodwin, Pettis, and Taylor especially should benefit greatly from Welker being brought on board..Welker can help these guys with their hand techniques helping get separation, fine-tuning their routes, and improvising on broken plays. Those are all aspects of the position Welker truly excelled in, and he was able to get the most out of his talent, because he fine-tuned these techniques and his craft.

    Again, this was a great hire for the 49ers, and I’m def. excited to see what kind of impact Welker can have on their young group..

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