49ers establish Walsh NFL minority coaching fellowship council

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49ers establish Walsh NFL minority coaching fellowship council

The 49ers released the following statement regarding the establishment of a new advisory council for the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship:

The NFL has established the BILL WALSH NFL MINORITY COACHING FELLOWSHIP ADVISORY COUNCIL to further enhance the idea conceived by the late Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach Bill Walsh, NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL announced today. Walsh introduced the concept to expose talented minority college coaches to the NFLs methods and philosophies when he invited a group of minority coaches to participate in San Francisco 49ers training camp.

Ninety-one minority coaches took part in this summers Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship. The program has mentored more than 1,500 minority coaches since it was established in 1987.

The 13-member council comprised of club presidents, general managers, head coaches and assistant coaches will focus on developing a pipeline of minority coaches, including former NFL players pursuing opportunities in the coaching profession.

It is imperative we continue to create opportunities, not only in coaching but in every other aspect of the league, said Kansas City Chiefs general manager and Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Advisory Council member SCOTT PIOLI. This fellowship program is important as long as we continue to teach and mentor individuals with one basic premise in mind educate. I am a firm believer in the proverb of, Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

The council will meet regularly to recommend league-wide best practices in selection criteria for fellowship candidates, standardization of program elements and tracking results for future improvements.

Members of the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Advisory Council:

NAME TEAM TITLE Earnest Byner Tampa Bay Running Backs Coach Martin Mayhew Detroit General Manager David Culley Philadelphia Wide Receivers Coach Scott Pioli Kansas City General Manager Leslie Frazier Minnesota Head Coach Andy Reid Philadelphia Head Coach Rod Graves Arizona General Manager Gene Smith Jacksonville General Manager Russ Grimm Arizona Offensive Line Coach Rick Smith Houston General Manager Mike Holmgren Cleveland President Ken Whisenhunt Arizona Head Coach Gary Kubiak Houston Head Coach
Cincinnati Bengals head coach MARVIN LEWIS, who earned NFL Coach of the Year honors from the Associated Press in 2009, interned with the San Francisco 49ers (1988) and Kansas City Chiefs (1991) and endorses the program.

For a young coach, an opportunity through the fellowship is like a college student getting a great internship, said Lewis. Suddenly youre exposed on a daily basis to some of the best people in your field, and you have a chance to show them first-hand what you can do.

Lewis is one of four current NFL head coaches LESLIE FRAZIER (Minnesota), LOVIE SMITH (Chicago) and MIKE TOMLIN (Pittsburgh) are the others who are graduates of the program.

This program has been extremely beneficial over the years, paving the way for many coaches who have gone on to successful NFL careers, said Cleveland Browns president MIKE HOLMGREN, who serves on the Advisory Council. As a head coach with the Packers and Seahawks, I had many coaches work for us during camp who were able to get full-time positions because of that valuable experience. It was a tremendous learning environment for them and it continues to open doors for many young coaches.
Courtesy San Francisco 49ers media services

49ers 2017 UDFA tracker: Southern Miss QB reportedly agrees to terms

49ers 2017 UDFA tracker: Southern Miss QB reportedly agrees to terms

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are reportedly adding a fourth quarterback to their 90-man roster.

Nick Mullens a four-year starter at Southern Mississippi, agreed to terms with the 49ers after the conclusion of the Saturday’s NFL draft, he told the Hattiesburg American.

As a senior, Mullens completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 3,272 yards with 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Mullens joins a quarterback group that includes starter Brian Hoyer, backup Matt Barkley and third-round draft pick C.J. Beathard.

Other reported 49ers free-agent agreements include:

--RB Matt Breida, Georgia Southern: In three seasons at Georgia Southern, Breida rushed for 3,740 yards and 37 touchdowns while averaging 6.9 yards a carry. (Tampa Bay Times)

--OL Erik Magnuson, Michigan: Magnuson (6-6, 305) was a first-team All-Big Ten performer who started every game at right tackle. He announced on Twitter that he has agreed to terms with the 49ers.

--WR Kendrick Bourne, Eastern Washington: He caught 211 passes for 3,130 yards and 27 touchdowns in his four-year career. Bourne (6-1, 203) had his best season as a senior, with 79 receptions for 1,201 yards and seven touchdowns. Eastern Washington announced Bourne’s three-year contract.

--OT Darrell Williams Jr., Western Kentucky: Williams (6-5, 315) started 41 games. He played his final two seasons at right tackle after moving from right guard. Western Kentucky announced the contract agreement with the 49ers.

--WR KD Cannon, Baylor: Cannon caught 195 passes for 3,113 and 27 touchdowns in his three-year career. He turned pro after a junior season in which he caught 87 passes for 1,215 yards and 13 touchdowns. He announced his contract agreement with the 49ers via Twitter.

--DB Lorenzo Jerome, Saint Francis (PA): Jerome, a Senior Bowl invite, was named first-team FCS All-American. He intercepted six passes in 2016 with 59 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 11 pass break-ups. He added a touchdown on a kickoff return. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

--LB Jimmie Gilbert, Colorado (Denver Post)

--OL J.P. Flynn, Montana (NEPatriotsdraft.com)

--DE Noble Nwachukwu, West Virginia (NEPatriotsdraft.com)

--TE Cole Hikutini, Louisville (NFL Network)

--LB Donavin Newsom, Missouri (Columbia Daily Tribune)

--WR Victor Bolden, Oregon State (Bolden via Twitter)

Lynch: TE McDonald to return to 49ers after being on trade block

Lynch: TE McDonald to return to 49ers after being on trade block

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers explored trade options for veteran tight end Vance McDonald during the three-day draft, but he is scheduled be back with the team when the club reports Monday for the fourth week of the offseason program.

“I think that’s the reality of new regimes coming, new schemes,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said Saturday at the conclusion the seven-round draft. “That’s not to say that he can’t fit into our scheme. Frankly, we received some interest from some other people, then we did explore some options throughout the league with Vance. Nothing ended up happening, so Vance will come back and have an opportunity to compete.”

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he called McDonald on Friday night to keep him updated on the team’s though process in pursuing trade options. McDonald was at his brother’s wedding, Shanahan said, so he left him a long voice message. McDonald responded Saturday morning with a text. Shanahan said the two men will speak on Monday in Santa Clara.

“We did take over a 2-14 team,” Shanahan said. “We don’t feel all the answers are here right now. We have a lot of work to do. We need to improve in any way possible. And we’re going to do that. We’re going to do that from an organizational standpoint. How can we improve the building? How can we improve the coaching staff? How can we improve the personnel department? How can we improve the players?

“Just from Vance’s text back, I think people understand that. I think it does make sense. I don’t think that’s something personal.”

Former 49ers general manager Trent Baalke signed off on a five-year contract extension for McDonald in December that consisted of a $7 million signing bonus. McDonald appeared in 11 games last season, catching 24 passes for 391 yards and four touchdowns. The 49ers acquired McDonald as a second-round draft pick 2013. In 48 career games, McDonald has 64 receptions for 866 yards and seven touchdowns.

The 49ers signed veteran tight end Logan Paulsen in the offseason. On Saturday, the 49ers selected Iowa tight end George Kittle in the fifth round of the draft. Kittle joins fellow tight ends McDonald, Garrett Celek, Paulsen, Blake Bell and Je’Ron Hamm on the 49ers’ 90-man roster.