49ers reconstruction goes beyond front office


49ers reconstruction goes beyond front office

Centennial Boulevard in Santa Clara, where the 49ers' offices and practice facility are located, is a hard-hat zone.Heavy equipment lines the cul de sac with site preparation underway for the construction of the 49ers' stadium, on which Santa Clara officials expect to break ground this spring and open in time for the 2014 season.And there is plenty of action within the team offices, too.
The 49ers on Friday announced general manager Trent Baalke, on the job for an ultra-successful 13 months, signed a three-year contract extension through 2016.NEWS: 49ers extend Baalke's deal
And Jed York, team president and CEO, announced he is no longer the team president. That title now belongs to Gideon Yu, who a week earlier officially became a minority owner of the team.Yu was formerly chief financial officer of both Facebook and YouTube. He has also worked at such companies as Yahoo!, Disney and Hilton. He will run the business side of the 49ers.Yu's contacts in the tech community are expected to help the 49ers fulfill their vision for the new stadium -- what they hope becomes the epicenter of the nebulous Silicon Valley.The 49ers plan for the stadium, which will bump up against their current team offices, to take on a particular high-tech feel. And they are working to establish relationships in the community that will help them pay off loans for the 1.02 billion stadium through revenue generated by sponsorships and stadium naming rights, along with sales from tickets and suites.Yu and Baalke will be in charge of their respective departments. Yu will handle the business side, while Baalke will continue to oversee football operations. Both Yu and Baalke will report to York.The extension for Baalke comes a little more than one year into his initial three-year contract, which he signed Jan. 4, 2011. Baalke spent 2010 as vice president of player personnel.Baalke and former coach Mike Singletary did not have "great chemistry," as York explained it. Singletary told CSNBayArea.com last year that he agreed with York, saying he never meshed with Baalke.Perhaps Baalke's best move in his current role came before he even had his current role. He spent time at Stanford and got to know Jim Harbaugh. When Baalke was officially named general manager, over finalist Michael Lombardi, the 49ers acted quickly to secure the hiring of Harbaugh."It gives me great pleasure to watch Trent and Jim work arm-in-arm with the common goal of leading the 49ers to championships," York said, in announcing Baalke's extension.With a rushed free-agent signing period and no offseason workouts, the 49ers still managed to turn around a team that went 5-10 under Singletary (6-10 overall) into a 14-game winner and an overtime loss away from playing in the Super Bowl.Under Baalke's direction, the 49ers added key components, such as Aldon Smith, Chris Culliver, Kendall Hunter and Bruce Miller through the draft, as well as free-agent pickups Carlos Rogers, Jonathan Goodwin, Donte Whitner and David Akers. The 49ers also re-signed Ray McDonald and Dashon Goldson.The remodeling of the team has mostly erased the memory of a team that underachieved in 2010. And the construction around the building has eliminated a man-made landmark from the recent, forgettable era, as well.Mt. Singletary, the peak that stood 45 feet above the practice fields that was built in 2009 under Singletary's direction for conditioning and rehab purposes, has been unceremoniously leveled.The hill, which angled up at 45 degrees, was used for nothing more than a spot for security guards to station themselves during workouts that were open to the general public last summer.The eyesore was deemed unnecessary. And it's elimination is just another step in the reconstruction of the 49ers.

Comings and goings: 49ers coaching staff

Comings and goings: 49ers coaching staff

First-year coach Kyle Shanahan is close to completing his 49ers coaching staff.

Shanahan will handle the duties of the offensive coordinator, the position he held with Houston, Washington and Atlanta over the past nine NFL seasons.

Robert Saleh is the 49ers' new defensive coordinator, while Richard Hightower has been hired as the special-teams coordiator.

Here's a look at the 49ers' coaching staffs under Shanahan and last season under Chip Kelly:

Position: Coach (2016 job)
Head coach: Kyle Shanahan (Falcons, offensive coordinator)
Defensive coordinator: Robert Saleh (Jaguars, linebackers coach)
Special teams coordinator: Richard Hightower (Bears, assistant special teams)
Assistant head coach/tight ends: Jon Embree (Buccaneers, tight ends)
Run game specialist: Mike McDaniel (Falcons, offensive assistant)
Quarterbacks: Rich Scangarello (Wagner, offensive coordinator)
Running backs: Bobby Turner (Falcons, running backs)
Wide receivers: Mike LaFleur (Falcons, offensive assistant)
Offensive line: Vacant
Offensive assistant: T.C. McCartney (LSU, offensive assistant)
Senior defensive assistant: Jason Tarver (49ers, outside linebackers)
Defensive line: Jeff Zgonina (N.Y. Giants, assistant defensive line)
Linebackers: Johnny Holland (Browns, inside linebackers)
Defensive backs: Jeff Hafley (49ers, defensive backs)
Offensive quality control: Taylor Embree (Chiefs, defensive assistant)
Defensive quality control: Bobby Slowik
Head strength and conditioning: Ray Wright

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Position: Coach (current status)
Head coach: Chip Kelly
Offensive coordinator: Curtis Modkins (Bears, running backs)
Defensive coordinator: Jim O’Neil
Special teams coordinator: Derius Swinton
Quarterbacks: Ryan Day (Ohio State, quarterbacks)
Running backs: Tom Rathman
Wide receivers: Bob Bicknell
Tight ends: Jeff Nixon (Baylor, co-offensive coordinator/running backs)
Offensive line: Pat Flaherty (Jaguars, offensive line)
Assistant offensive line: Eric Wolford (South Carolina, offensive line)
Defensive line: Jerry Azzinaro (Cal, defensive line)
Assistant defensive line: Vince Oghobaase
Outside linebackers: Jason Tarver (49ers, senior defensive assistant)
Inside linebacker: Joe Bowden
Defensive backs: Jeff Hafley (49ers, defensive backs)
Assistant defensive backs: Roy Anderson (Bears, assistant secondary)
Assistant special teams: Michael Clay
Offensive quality control: Mick Lombardi (Jets, offensive assistant/assistant QBs coach)
Defensive quality control: Tem Lukabu
Senior analyst: Dana Bible
Director of human performance: Mark Uyeyama

Report: 49ers receive permission from Broncos to interview O-line coach

Report: 49ers receive permission from Broncos to interview O-line coach

John Benton, who coached on the same staff during Kyle Shanahan’s four seasons with the Houston Texans, has reportedly received permission from the Denver Broncos to interview with the 49ers.

The Broncos hired Benton on Jan. 15 to work as the team’s assistant offensive line coach under line coach Jeff Davidson.

But Denver coach Vance Joseph and general manager John Elway provided Benton permission to interview with the 49ers, Denver’s 9News reported. The Sacramento Bee was first to report the 49ers were looking at Benton.

The offensive line coach is the last major position that remains vacant on Shanahan’s staff.

Benton worked last season as Jacksonville’s assistant offensive line coach. He worked the previous 13 seasons as offensive line coach with the St. Louis Rams (2003-05), Houston (2006-2013) and Miami (2014-15).

Shanahan’s first NFL coaching job was with Houston in 2006, when he coached wide receivers. Shanahan became the quarterbacks coach with the Texans in 2007 before spending the next two seasons as offensive coordinator under then-coach Gary Kubiak.

The 49ers announced nine additions to the coaching staff on Friday.

Also, the 49ers are expected to hire Daniel Bullocks as assistant defensive backs coach, according to The Sporting News. Bullocks worked in the same role with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season. The Jaguars' linebackers coach last season, Robert Saleh, is the 49ers' new defensive coodinator. Bullocks appeared in 31 games in three NFL seasons with the Detroit Lions in 2006 and '08.