Jan. 13, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comCoach Jim Harbaugh has yet to make any official hires to his 49ers coaching staff, but that could change in a hurry.NEWS: Stanford names Shaw head coach
David Shaw, who served as Harbaugh's offensive coordinator at Stanford, has been named Stanford head coach, the university announced Thursday morning.With that part of the equation settled, Harbaugh can proceed in finalizing plans for his own staff. Harbaugh targeted Vic Fangio to be his defensive coordinator, Comcast SportsNet reported this week. Fangio was a candidate for the Stanford head-coaching job.
Also, Greg Roman, 38, is a strong candidate to join the 49ers' staff, possibly as offensive coordinator.Update at 10:43 A.M.: CSN's Scott Reiss is reporting Greg Roman and Vic Fangio will not return to Stanford.
Roman spent two seasons with Harbaugh at Stanford. He was the team's assistant head coach, and held responsibilities with the tight ends and offensive tackles. He was also "assistant head coach of the offense." Roman also interviewed for the Stanford head-coaching job.Roman spent 13 NFL seasons with the Panthers, Texans and Ravens in a variety of roles. He coached tight ends (2002-03) and quarterbacks (2004-05) with the Texans, and was offensive line assistant with the Ravens in 2006-07 before joining Harbaugh at Stanford in 2009.MORE 49ERS THURSDAY NEWS: Sources -- Clements won't return under current deal
Harbaugh figures to take a hands-on approach to the 49ers' offense. When asked about his play-calling plans, Harbaugh was vague. He told CSN he planned to call some of the plays.Special-teams coach Brian Polian, who also interviewed at Stanford to replace Harbaugh, could also be considered for a spot on the 49ers' staff. Polian's father is Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian.Stanford assistant Tim Drevno is also a possibility to join the 49ers' staff as tight ends coach. He met with Harbaugh about a position on the staff this week, CSN reported.Former South Florida coach Jim Leavitt could be joining the Harbaugh's staff, too, according to a radio report out of Florida. The Sacramento Bee reported Leavitt is being considered for the job of 49ers' linebackers coach.
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.