Nine 49ers named to NFC Pro Bowl team

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Nine 49ers named to NFC Pro Bowl team

SANTA CLARA -- Nine members of the 49ers were named to the NFC Pro Bowl team on Wednesday, with seven of the players being named as starters.

RB Frank Gore: He is sixth in the NFC in rushing with 1,146 yards and seven touchdowns. His 4.8 average is third-best among NFC running backs with at least 600 yards rushing. It is the fourth time Gore has been selected to the Pro Bowl.

LT Joe Staley: The sixth-year player, a first-round draft pick in 2007, was selected to the Pro Bowl for a second season in a row. He was named as a starter.

LG Mike Iupati: He was selected to the NFC Pro Bowl team for the first time in his three-year career. Iupati, a first-round pick in 2010, has not missed a game in his career. He was named as a starter.

DT Justin Smith: He was selected to his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl with the 49ers. Smith ranks third on the 49ers with 130 tackles, according the coaches' film review. With Smith in the lineup, the 49ers led the league in scoring defense. In the six quarters Smith has been out with an arm/elbow injury, the 49ers' defense has surrendered eight touchdowns. He was named as a starter.

OLB Aldon Smith: The second-year pass-rusher has been selected for the first time. He set the 49ers' single-season sacks record with 19.5. He is just three sacks behind Michael Strahan's single-season NFL record. He was named as a starter.

LB NaVorro Bowman: Despite being chosen as a first-team All-Pro last season, Bowman did not make the Pro Bowl team. He will make his first trip to the Pro Bowl this season. Bowman leads the 49ers with 180 tackles, according to the coaches' review of the game film.

LB Patrick Willis: Chosen to his sixth Pro Bowl in six seasons, Willis is second on the 49ers with 164 tackles. He has two interceptions, two forced fumbles and nine broken-up passes. He was named as a starter.

S Dashon Goldson: The 49ers' franchise player has been selected to the Pro Bowl for a second consecutive season. Goldson is the 49ers' fifth-leading tackler and also leads the team with three interceptions. He was named as a starter.

S Donte Whitner: The seven-year veteran made his first Pro Bowl. He is fourth on the 49ers with 112 tackles. He was named as a starter.

In addition, the following players were named as alternates:

G Alex Boone
OLB Ahmad Brooks
T Anthony Davis
TE Vernon Davis
C Jonathan Goodwin
P Andy Lee
CB Carlos Rogers
ST C.J. Spillman

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.