49ers add Seely, Tolbert to coaching staff

49ers add Seely, Tolbert to coaching staff

Jan. 25, 201149ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEO
The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have namedBrad Seely assistant head coachspecial teams coordinator andKevin Tolbert assistant strength and conditioning coach.Seely, 54,brings 22 years of NFL special teams coaching experience tothe 49ers. Most recently, Seely served as the special teams coordinatorfor the Cleveland Browns from 2009-10 where he worked with WRKR JoshuaCribbs, who earned Pro Bowl selections in each of the last two seasons.In 2009, Seely led the Browns to a league best special teams rankingaccording to the formula comprised by Rick Gosselin of theDallas Morning News. It marked Seelys fifth top-five finish for his special teams units since 1990.Priorto joining the Browns, Seely spent 10 seasons as the New EnglandPatriots special teams coach (1999-08), where he was part of threeSuper Bowl championships. Over the span of his tenure in New England,the Patriots led the NFL in kickoff return average (23.5), were fourthin field goal percentage (83.4) and ranked eighth in punt returnaverage (9.9). In addition, his units registered 11 returns fortouchdowns, including eight on kickoffs, a figure that tied for secondin the NFL over that 10-year stretch. Seely also helped produced atotal of 3 special teams Pro Bowlers (K Adam Vinatieri - 2004, LB LarryIzzo - 2004 and K Stephen Gostkowski - 2008). He also tutored the AFCsleading kickoff returner on two occasions (WR Bethel Johnson 2003 andRB Kevin Faulk - 2002) and leading punt returner (WR Troy Brown - 2002).Seelyworked with the Carolina Panthers from 1995-98, where he helped coachan expansion team to an NFC Championship Game appearance in just itssecond season. In 1996 and 1997, Panthers kickoff returner MichaelBates became the first player in 35 years to lead the league in kickreturn average in consecutive seasons, earning two consecutive trips tothe Pro Bowl for his efforts. In 1996, Seely earned Special Teams Coachof the Year honors. He also had the league's best kicker, as John Kasayset a then NFL single-season record with 37 field goals. In addition tothe success of Bates and Kasay, Carolina also boasted one of theleague's top coverage units as the Panthers led the NFL in opponentsaverage punt return (5.4 avg.) and ranked fifth in opponents averagekickoff return (20.1 avg.).Seelybegan his NFL career in 1989 with the Indianapolis Colts, serving astheir special teamstight ends coach for five years (1989-93). Duringhis time with the Colts, he assisted in the development of two Pro Bowlspecial teamers, P Rohn Stark and WR Clarence Verdin. In 1992, theColts had the NFLs top specials teams unit based on rankings by theDallas Morning News.Seely then coached the Jets special teams for one year (1994), and inthat season, New York ranked fifth in the league in kickoff returndefense (19.6 avg.) and sixth in punt return defense (6.8 avg.).Seelyscollegiate coaching career began as an assistant coach at South DakotaState in 1978. He then moved on to become a graduate assistant atColorado State in 1979, before being named the Rams offensive linecoach in 1980. Seely then served as the offensive line coach atSouthern Methodist (1981), North Carolina State (1982), University ofPacific (1983) and Oklahoma State (1984-88).A native of Vinton, IA, Seely earned all-conference honors as an offensive guard at South Dakota State University while majoring in economics and physical education.Tolbertjoins the 49ers after having served under head coach Jim Harbaugh atStanford from 2009-2010. In 2009, he worked as the assistant strength& conditioning coach for the Cardinal before being promoted to headstrength and conditioning coach the following year.Priorto joining Harbaugh at Stanford, Tolbert worked with the Detroit Lionsin 2008 as the teams assistant strength and conditioning coach. Beforemaking the jump to the NFL, Tolbert spent eight seasons (2001-07) atthe University of Michigan as the Wolverines strength &conditioning coach.Tolbertstarted his collegiate coaching career with the University of Miami in1998, serving as the Hurricanes weight training and conditioning coachfor three seasons. Tolbert also spent time as a volunteer strength& conditioning coach with the Philadelphia Eagles (1996-97).Anative of Hempstead, NY, Tolbert graduated from the United States NavalAcademy in 1981 with a bachelors of science degree in physical science.He was a three-year football letterman for the Midshipmen, helping thesquad to a pair of bowl appearances.
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49ers head coach Shanahan: Lynch going in the right direction

49ers head coach Shanahan: Lynch going in the right direction

SANTA CLARA -- General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan sat down with 49ers pass-rusher Aaron Lynch shortly after assuming their new roles to give him an outline of what was expected.

Aaron Lynch entered the NFL in 2014 as a fifth-round draft pick despite having the talent worthy of a much-earlier selection. There were concerns about his commitment and character.

Lynch showed plenty of promise in his first two seasons. He tied for the club lead both seasons with six and 6.5 sacks, respectively. Last year, Lynch reported to the offseason program 30 pounds overweight. He was suspended four games for violating the league’s policy of substances of abuse. Then, he missed considerable time with an ankle injury. In seven games, Lynch recorded just 1.5 sacks.

John Lynch and Shanahan told Aaron Lynch his past transgressions would not be held against him, but he had to work hard and prove himself. As Lynch enters the final year of his original four-year contract, his spot on the 49ers' 53-man roster is anything but a certainty.

“Basically, everybody on this team, no matter what has happened before you came into the league or when you’ve been in the league, they’re not holding that against you and it’s a new clean slate,” Lynch said. “So I need to do everything I can to make sure I have a clean slate with them.”

Lynch is currently working with the second unit at the “Leo” position on the 49ers’ defensive line, behind Arik Armstead.

“’Leo’ is a lot of damn fun, so, yeah, I like it a lot,” Lynch said. “You get to set the edge and go get the quarterback.”

Lynch said he is in better physical condition than he was a year ago at this time. He said his target playing weight is in the 260-270 range. He said he is currently in the 280s.

“I came in heavy, but I’ve been working my (butt) off to get down to where my coach wants me to get down to, and where I feel I would be best to give everything I can for my team and do what I can for my team,” Lynch said.

While the 49ers did not witness any improvement in Lynch's commitment at the beginning of the offseason, things seem to be turning around. Shanahan said Lynch has missed only one day of the team's voluntary offseason program -- an excused absence to deal with a situation concerning his wife.

“There’s no doubt Aaron’s going in the right direction for us," Shanahan said. "He came in in the offseason, we challenged him hard with just the way we worked and stuff. He hasn’t shied away from any of it. He’s jumped in on all of our stuff.

"So he’s gotten better each day. He’s gotten more in shape each day and I’m seeing it on the field each day.”

Report: Free-agent Kaepernick to meet with Seahawks

Report: Free-agent Kaepernick to meet with Seahawks

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick reportedly flew to Seattle on Tuesday night and will meet with Seahawks officials on Wednesday.

Kaepernick and Austin Davis, who spent the past three seasons as a reserve quarterback with the Rams, Browns and Broncos, will visit with the Seahawks, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. It will be Kaepernick’s first visit to meet with a team since opting out of his 49ers contract in March to become an unrestricted free agent.

Kaepernick, 29, has likely not been signed for a variety of reasons, including his decision to kneel during the national anthem last season to protest racial inequality in America. His representatives have said Kaepernick will stand for the national anthem this season, as he continues to donate his time and money on programs to assist disadvantaged individuals.

The 49ers have shown no interest in re-signing Kaepernick, opting to add veteran quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley.

Kaepernick, a second-round pick of the 49ers in 2011, played six seasons with the club. Beginning in the middle of the 2012 season, when then-starter Alex Smith originally left the lineup due to a concussion, Kaepernick started 58 games. The 49ers were 28-30 in games in which he started.

In the playoffs, the 49ers posted a 4-2 record with Kaepernick at quarterback, including a trip to Super Bowl XLVII in February 2013.

Kaepernick is coming off his best season since 2013, his first full year as a starter. He completed 59.2 percent of his passes with 16 touchdowns, four interceptions and a passer rating of 90.7. He also rushed for 468 yards.

The Seahawks have three quarterbacks under contract. Russell Wilson is the starter and second-year player Trevone Boykin served as the backup last season. Jake Heaps, whom the Seahawks cut before the start of the 2016 regular season and spent less than a month on the practice squad, was re-signed in May.