Harbaugh recalls sitting in Walsh's office, talking with Belichick

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Harbaugh recalls sitting in Walsh's office, talking with Belichick

SANTA CLARA -- New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick on Friday reflected on speaking with then-Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh and legendary Bill Walsh on one phone call as he prepared for a draft.

Prior to the 49ers' departure on Friday to New England, Harbaugh said he vividly remembered the conversation.

"Actually, we were in Bill Walsh's office and Coach Belichick had called Bill Walsh and they were talking for about 10 or 15 minutes and I was sitting there like I used to do," Harbaugh said. "I'd just sit in Coach Walsh's office and try to pick things up. And then he handed the phone to me to talk to Coach Belichick.

"And I remember it very well, distinctly, he wishing us luck at Stanford. And talked about how important it was . . . how much he wanted to see Stanford get back on top in football, how important he thought that was for college football, institutions like Stanford and the Naval Academy and academies to be competitive in football. We talked a little bit about his family and my family. It was a very good conversation."

Harbaugh was hired as Stanford coach in December 2006. Walsh, a three-time Super Bowl-winning coach with the 49ers and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died in July 2007.

NO FINE FOR BOWMAN: Linebacker NaVorro Bowman said he expected to be fined after referee Mike Carey flagged him Sunday for roughing the passer against Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Carey announced it as a helmet-to-helmet hit, which would have subjected Bowman to a fine. But the NFL said Friday that Bowman would not be fined.

"I was just hoping not to see a fine," said Bowman, who was docked $10,000 last week for unnecessary roughness against the St. Louis Rams. "If it gets called a penalty, I'm expecting one (a fine)."

Bowman said the penalty did not matter because there was another 49ers penalty on the play. Chris Culliver was called for pass interference, a penalty that was declined with Bowman's penalty being enforced.

"It wasn't helmet-to-helmet," Bowman said. "It was a bad call. But I think he just threw it (the flag) because he saw Tannehill look back at him. It's a quarterback-friendly league."

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:

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

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.