DETROIT -- Jim Schwartz was a finalist for the 49ers' head-coaching job in 2005. He thought he would get hired, but the 49ers selected Mike Nolan, instead.Schwartz, an already-fiery coach, saw his Detroit Lions fall from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 25-19 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.And 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, who had a notable post-game handshake while at Stanford with then-USC coach Pete Carroll, angered Schwartz with the way he reacted in the seconds after the 49ers clinched the victory.Harbaugh's exuberance showed when he hopped across the field, untucked his black 49ers sweatshirt and engaged in a hard post-game handshakeslap with the losing coach.
After the brief exchange, Schwartz went after Harbaugh as the men were leaving the field. Schwartz said he was shoved and subjected to an obscenity at the middle of the field."(I) went to congratulate coach Harbaugh and got shoved out of the way," Schwartz said. "(I) didn't expect an obscenity at that point, so it was a surprise to me at the end of the game."A skirmish ensued near the tunnel that leads to the locker rooms for both teams under the stands at Ford Field. Players and coaches were involved in the ruckus, as Schwartz left the field.Said Harbaugh, "I was just revved up and it's totally on me. I shook his hand too hard. I mean, I really went in and it was a strong kind of slap, grab handshake -- kind of the same as I've been doing with (Blake) Costanzo and a few of the other guys. So that's on me -- little too hard of a handshake there."When asked if there was anything said between he and Schwartz, Harbaugh answered, "You know, you get bumped, you get bumped ... felt like a chest bump there."I was not agitated, believe me. Not agitated, very happy. Very happy with the win. It's a great thrill of winning, great feeling of victory. I'm really proud of our team."The 49ers pulled out the victory when 49ers tight end Delanie Walker caught a 6-yard touchdown on a fourth-down pass from quarterback Alex Smith with 1:51 remaining for a 22-19 lead. The 49ers and Lions both are 5-1 on the season."It was an emotional game," Walker said. "When you come into somebody's house when they're 5-0 and you take a win away from them in the last minute of the game, it can get real emotional."Said Schwartz, "It was a big win for them, and they were excited about it, and I think I'll just leave it there."
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:
2017 49ERS COACHING STAFF
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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2016 49ERS COACHING STAFF
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
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.