The 49ers will have a distinctive Atlanta Falcons flavor on their offensive coaching staff – and not just with head coach Kyle Shanahan.
The 49ers on Monday announced the hirings of three coaches, including two former members of the Falcons’ staff.
Former Falcons offensive assistant Mike McDaniel comes to the 49ers as run game specialist. Another former Atlanta offensive assistant, Mike LaFleur, will coach 49ers wide receivers.
Shanahan said last week he act as the team's offensive coordinator after serving in that same role for Houston, Washington and Atlanta over the past nine seasons.
McDaniel, 33, got his start as a coaching intern for Mike Shanahan with the Denver Broncos in 2005.
McDaniel worked with Kyle Shanahan from 2006 to ’08 with the Houston Texans. He spent two seasons as running backs coach for the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the UFL.
McDaniel reconnected with Mike and Kyle Shanahan with Washington as offensive assistant in 2011 and ’12. He was Washington’s wide receivers coach in 2013. McDaniel worked under Kyle Shanahan in Cleveland in 2014. The past two seasons he was with the Falcons.
Mike LaFleur, 29, worked with Shanahan in Cleveland and both years in Atlanta. Prior to coming to the NFL, LaFleur worked at Davidson and Saint Joseph’s College, a Division II school in Rensselaer, Indiana.
LaFleur’s brother, Matt, was hired as Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator last week.
The 49ers also hired Taylor Embree as an offensive quality control coach. He is the son of 49ers assistant head coach/tight ends Jon Embree.
Taylor Embree, who played 50 games in four seasons as a UCLA wide receiver, entered the NFL last season as a defensive assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs. He spent one season (2014) as a graduate assistant/offense with the UCLA.
On Friday, the 49ers hired former Falcons running backs coach Bobby Turner to the same position. Turner replaces Tom Rathman, who served the past eight seasons in that role with the past four head coaches.