49ers connections dot both Super Bowl organizations

49ers connections dot both Super Bowl organizations
January 27, 2014, 9:30 am
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After starting his career with the 49ers in 2004, Mike Brown became the starting free safety on the Denver Broncos. (AP)

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There’s a good chance your mind is already made up on your rooting interest in Super Bowl XLVIII.

But, just in case, here’s a look at former members of the 49ers organization who are currently employed by the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks:

BRONCOS
Players
S Mike Adams: The Broncos’ starting free safety broke into the NFL with the 49ers in 2004 as an undrafted rookie from Delaware. He played three seasons before moving on to the Cleveland Browns.
WR Nathan Palmer: A member of the Broncos’ practice squad, he will not be eligible to play in Sunday’s game. He signed with the 49ers in 2012 as an undrafted rookie from Northern Illinois and was on the 49ers’ practice squad before the Indianapolis Colts signed him away.

Coaching staff
Adam Gase, offensive coordinator: Former 49ers coach Steve Mariucci gave him his first NFL job while with the Detroit Lions in 2005. Gase came to the 49ers in 2008 as “offensive assistant” as part of Mike Martz’s offensive staff under coach Mike Nolan.
Jeff Rodgers, special teams coordinator: He spent five seasons on the 49ers’ staff (2003 to ’07) under special-teams coordinator Bruce DeHaven.
Chris Beake, defensive quality control: He served two stints with the 49ers. He worked from 1999 to 2003 as a defensive assistant and quality control. He returned in 2010 as an offensive assistant.
Greg Knapp, quarterbacks coach: Originally hired in 1995 by George Seifert as a quality-control coach. He rose to quarterbacks coach -- Steve Young always gave him a lot of credit for his late-career success. Knapp was promoted to offensive coordinator from 2001 to ’03 under Mariucci and Dennis Erickson.
Richard Smith, linebackers: He coached linebackers for six seasons on Mariucci’s staff from 1997 to 2002.

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SEAHAWKS
Players
FB Michael Robinson: A fourth-round draft pick of the 49ers in 2006, Robinson played four seasons in San Francisco. Coach Mike Singletary surprisingly cut Robinson just prior to the start of the 2010 season. This is Robinson’s fourth season with the Seahawks.
S Chris Maragos: He came to the 49ers as an undrafted rookie from Wisconsin in 2010. He played in three career games with the 49ers after a promotion from the practice squad. He is one of the Seahawks’ top special-teams players.
WR Ricardo Lockette: Last offseason, Lockette was living and training with Colin Kaepernick. He could not win a spot on the 49ers’ 53-man roster and ended up in Seattle after some time on the Chicago Bears’ practice squad. In eight regular-season games, Lockette caught five passes for 82 yards with the Seahawks.

Coaching staff
Pete Carroll, head coach: The Bay Area native spent two successful seasons as defensive coordinator (1995-’96) under George Seifert before replacing Bill Parcells as New England head coach in 1997.
Dan Quinn, defensive coordinator: He began his NFL coaching career in 2001 as 49ers defensive quality control coach. He moved on to become 49ers defensive line coach in 2003 and ’04.
Ken Norton Jr., linebackers: He played the final seven seasons of his 13-year NFL career with the 49ers. He played on the 49ers’ Super Bowl-winning team in 1994 after being on the previous two Super Bowl-title teams with the Dallas Cowboys.
Pat McPherson, tight ends: The son of longtime 49ers defensive coach Bill McPherson, Pat was a volunteer defensive quality control coach with the 49ers in 1996.
Kris Richard, secondary: He played briefly with the 49ers as a safety in the 2005 season.

Player personnel
Scot McCloughan, senior personnel executive: He was the 49ers’ top personnel man for five seasons (2005 to ’09). Six of the eight 49ers originally selected to this year’s Pro Bowl were acquired under McCloughan’s watch.
Todd Brunner, Northeast scout: He served as a 49ers area scout from 2001 through the 2011 draft.

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