Quarterback-guru Whitfield joins 49ers as intern

Quarterback-guru Whitfield joins 49ers as intern
June 10, 2014, 4:15 pm
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It’s not like we’ve turned our quarterbacks over to George, but he’s going to augment and assist and I think it’ll be beneficial for us, beneficial for him and should be a win-win.
Jim Harbaugh

Quarterback-coaching guru George Whitfield began an internship with the 49ers on Monday that will include work at next week’s mandatory minicamp and all of training camp.

Whitfield is best known for his work with high-profile quarterbacks before the NFL Draft – a list that includes Cam Newton, Andrew Luck and Johnny Manziel.

George Whitfield, 36, and former NFL offensive lineman Bob Whitfield – no known relation – will spend ample time with the 49ers as part of the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship.

Coach Jim Harbaugh said he got to know George Whitfield during his time as coach at the University of San Diego. Whitfield resides in San Diego and often trains his quarterbacks on the beach.

“I thought it’d be beneficial for us to have him here,” Harbaugh said.

Whitfield will work closely with Harbaugh, quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst and offensive coordinator Greg Roman during his internship. He spent time after Tuesday's practice working with some of the 49ers' reserve quarterbacks.

“There’s no carte blanche, but we agree on a lot of things," Harbaugh said. "Haven’t found anything we disagree on. So it’s not like we’ve turned our quarterbacks over to George, but he’s going to augment and assist and I think it’ll be beneficial for us, beneficial for him and should be a win-win. Always looking for that.”

Bob Whitfield, 42, spent 15 seasons as an NFL offensive lineman, including his first 12 with the Atlanta Falcons. He played college ball at Stanford. His son, Kodi, plays at Stanford.

Bob Whitfield took over and led a drill for offensive linemen during Tuesday's practice that focused on using both hands to punch a heavy bag.

“Really fired up to have them,” Harbaugh said. “Both are doing a good job."

The 49ers do not make interns available for interviews with the media, a team spokesman said after consulting with Harbaugh.

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Responding to a question from a follower on Twitter, George Whitfield answered the question why he is interning with the 49ers: "<em>So much more to learn..  QBs/ offense/ culture/ ppl building</em>."

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