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Date: Team: Pos:

49ers hired Clancy Pendergast as ILB coach.

Pendergast has six years of NFL coordinating experience and mostly recently ran USC's defense in 2013. It's one of the few good hires the 49ers have made. Pendergast was connected to the Redskins, LSU, and Utah defensive coordinator jobs this offseason.
Jan 31 - 5:03 PM

49ers CEO Jed York said the new coaching staff will put together a system that puts Colin Kaepernick "in the best position to make plays."

"How many quarterbacks in this league can run 90 yards for a touchdown? I can’t think of many," York said. "But you’ve got to put Kap in a position where he can make those plays. And put Kap in a position where we can run the ball." Kaepernick rushed a career-high 104 times in 2014, but only 45 of those attempts were designed runs. York's comments suggest the new coaching staff will be more willing to send Kaepernick on designed runs, which would hopefully lead to more fantasy success in 2015.
Jan 31 - 12:03 PM

49ers hired ex-Eagles VP of player personnel Tom Gamble as senior personnel executive.

Fresh off losing a power struggle with Chip Kelly, Gamble returns to the team he worked for from 2005-13. Gamble has 28 years of NFL experience, and was a hot GM candidate when he headed to Philly in 2013. Gamble was considered a big part of the 49ers' draft success during his time in the Bay Area. Bringing Gamble back is one of the few positive moves the 49ers have made this offseason.
Jan 29 - 4:18 PM

NFL Network's Albert Breer reports the 49ers are expected to promote QBs coach Geep Chryst to offensive coordinator.

This was expected when the 49ers hired Steve Logan as QBs coach. San Francisco is staying in-house after Rob Chudzinski re-signed with the Colts. Chryst has coached the 49ers' quarterbacks the last four seasons and has limited playcalling experience, but did serve as the Chargers' OC from 1999-2000. It's not an exciting hire for a team that already has an unproven coach in Jim Tomsula. The 49ers' coaching staff has taken a big step back this winter.
Jan 28 - 7:12 PM

49ers hired Steve Logan as QBs coach.

The 49ers continue to hire position coaches under a defensive-minded head coach, but remain without an offensive coordinator. Logan was most recently the Bucs' RBs coach from 2009-2011. Prior to that he was the OC at Boston College where he coached Matt Ryan. With Logan coming in as QBs coach, some believe in-house QBs coach Geep Chryst will be promoted to offensive coordinator.
Jan 28 - 3:12 PM

The Sacramento Bee calls 49ers WR Stevie Johnson a "presumed starter" for 2015.

Michael Crabtree is a free agent and seems unlikely to re-sign with the 49ers. Brandon Lloyd is also headed for free agency, leaving Anquan Boldin and Johnson atop the depth chart. Johnson played just 305 snaps this past season, catching 35 balls for 435 yards and three touchdowns as the No. 3 receiver. Johnson is a crisp route runner with good hands, but the 49ers desperately need a field stretcher out wide. Johnson and Boldin are carbon-copy clones as possession receivers.
Jan 28 - 11:09 AM

Former DT Aubrayo Franklin has joined the 49ers' coaching staff as an entry-level assistant.

Franklin, 34, last played in the NFL for the Colts in 2013, starting 15 games as the run-plugging nose tackle. He had his best days as a 49er from 2007-2010, and was even San Francisco's "franchise" player in 2010. New 49ers coach Jim Tomsula was Franklin's position coach in San Francisco.
Jan 28 - 9:06 AM

Vernon Davis promises he will participate in the 49ers' offseason program.

Davis skipped almost all of the 49ers' offseason last year before turning in a career-worst season. Davis turns 31 years old later this week and it's fair to wonder if he's reached his decline phase. He failed to produce in the passing game last season and even seemed to hit a wall as a run blocker.
Jan 26 - 3:48 PM

49ers hired TEs coach Eric Mangini as defensive coordinator.

The ex-head coach of the Jets and Browns, Mangini is pulling a Hue Jackson, going from position coach to coordinator on the same team. An overwrought Bill Belichick disciple, Mangini has a 33-47 career record as head coach, but his defensive bonafides have never been questioned. He should be a good defensive boss for Jim Tomsula, and still has a great base of talent to work with even though GM Trent Baalke has done a poor job of restocking the cupboard in recent years. The man formerly known as "Mangenius" is undoubtedly angling for one last shot at being a head coach. This is a nice launching pad.
Jan 22 - 6:16 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the 49ers are expected to hire Eric Mangini as their defensive coordinator.

It's extremely rare that coaches get three cracks at head-coaching jobs, but this could prove a steppingstone toward that end following Mangini's stints with the Jets and Browns. After taking time off with ESPN, Mangini returned to coaching two years ago, spending them on the 49ers' staff as a "senior offensive consultant" (2013) and tight ends coach (2014). Mangini's background is on the defensive side, however, and he inherits top-ten personnel in San Francisco. The 44-year-old also drew interest from the Raiders and Redskins this offseason.
Jan 22 - 5:18 PM

49ers hired Tony Sparano as tight ends coach.

He's succeeding Eric Mangini, who will likely either be hired as the Raiders or 49ers' defensive coordinator. Sparano's background is mostly in coaching offensive lines, though he did work as a tight ends coach with the Redskins, Jaguars, and Cowboys in the early 2000s. The 49ers need to get more out of Vance McDonald and Derek Carrier. They may cut Vernon Davis.
Jan 22 - 2:26 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the 49ers are speaking with Eric Mangini about their defensive coordinator vacancy.

The 49ers have been rumored to be interested in Mangini, but this is his first interview with the team. Following the hiring of Jason Tarver as LBs coach, Mangini is the leading candidate to replace DC Vic Fangio. Mangini also recently interviewed for the Raiders' defensive-coordinator job.
Jan 21 - 6:32 PM

49ers hired Jason Tarver as LBs coach.

Tarver is downgrading to position coach after spending the last three seasons as the Raiders' defensive coordinator. He served as San Francisco's outside linebackers coach from 2005-10 and will reunite with Jim Tomsula. Tarver's defenses largely overachieved in Oakland and he is a solid addition to Tomsula's staff. The 49ers are considering Eric Mangini as a potential in-house replacement for DC Vic Fangio.
Jan 21 - 5:34 PM

49ers TEs coach Eric Mangini will interview for the Raiders' defensive-coordinator vacancy.

Mangini interviewed for the Raiders' head-coaching job three weeks ago, so he could already be on good footing with GM Reggie McKenzie. Ex-Falcons coach Mike Smith was initially considered the favorite to run Jack Del Rio's defense, but that is now viewed as unlikely. Mangini would be a decent fallback.
Jan 19 - 1:08 PM

The Redskins interviewed former Cardinals DC Clancy Pendergast for their defensive coordinator vacancy.

Pendergast's interview is just coming to light now even though it happened two Fridays ago. So we can add him to a list of candidates that also includes Joe Barry, Wade Phillips, Ed Donatell, Eric Mangini, Raheem Morris and Vic Fangio. Pendergast, 47, has worked for five NFL teams and a coordinated a handful of college defenses as well.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 19 - 9:22 AM


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