49ers add Seely, Tolbert to coaching staff

49ers add Seely, Tolbert to coaching staff

Jan. 25, 201149ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEO
The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have namedBrad Seely assistant head coachspecial teams coordinator andKevin Tolbert assistant strength and conditioning coach.Seely, 54,brings 22 years of NFL special teams coaching experience tothe 49ers. Most recently, Seely served as the special teams coordinatorfor the Cleveland Browns from 2009-10 where he worked with WRKR JoshuaCribbs, who earned Pro Bowl selections in each of the last two seasons.In 2009, Seely led the Browns to a league best special teams rankingaccording to the formula comprised by Rick Gosselin of theDallas Morning News. It marked Seelys fifth top-five finish for his special teams units since 1990.Priorto joining the Browns, Seely spent 10 seasons as the New EnglandPatriots special teams coach (1999-08), where he was part of threeSuper Bowl championships. Over the span of his tenure in New England,the Patriots led the NFL in kickoff return average (23.5), were fourthin field goal percentage (83.4) and ranked eighth in punt returnaverage (9.9). In addition, his units registered 11 returns fortouchdowns, including eight on kickoffs, a figure that tied for secondin the NFL over that 10-year stretch. Seely also helped produced atotal of 3 special teams Pro Bowlers (K Adam Vinatieri - 2004, LB LarryIzzo - 2004 and K Stephen Gostkowski - 2008). He also tutored the AFCsleading kickoff returner on two occasions (WR Bethel Johnson 2003 andRB Kevin Faulk - 2002) and leading punt returner (WR Troy Brown - 2002).Seelyworked with the Carolina Panthers from 1995-98, where he helped coachan expansion team to an NFC Championship Game appearance in just itssecond season. In 1996 and 1997, Panthers kickoff returner MichaelBates became the first player in 35 years to lead the league in kickreturn average in consecutive seasons, earning two consecutive trips tothe Pro Bowl for his efforts. In 1996, Seely earned Special Teams Coachof the Year honors. He also had the league's best kicker, as John Kasayset a then NFL single-season record with 37 field goals. In addition tothe success of Bates and Kasay, Carolina also boasted one of theleague's top coverage units as the Panthers led the NFL in opponentsaverage punt return (5.4 avg.) and ranked fifth in opponents averagekickoff return (20.1 avg.).Seelybegan his NFL career in 1989 with the Indianapolis Colts, serving astheir special teamstight ends coach for five years (1989-93). Duringhis time with the Colts, he assisted in the development of two Pro Bowlspecial teamers, P Rohn Stark and WR Clarence Verdin. In 1992, theColts had the NFLs top specials teams unit based on rankings by theDallas Morning News.Seely then coached the Jets special teams for one year (1994), and inthat season, New York ranked fifth in the league in kickoff returndefense (19.6 avg.) and sixth in punt return defense (6.8 avg.).Seelyscollegiate coaching career began as an assistant coach at South DakotaState in 1978. He then moved on to become a graduate assistant atColorado State in 1979, before being named the Rams offensive linecoach in 1980. Seely then served as the offensive line coach atSouthern Methodist (1981), North Carolina State (1982), University ofPacific (1983) and Oklahoma State (1984-88).A native of Vinton, IA, Seely earned all-conference honors as an offensive guard at South Dakota State University while majoring in economics and physical education.Tolbertjoins the 49ers after having served under head coach Jim Harbaugh atStanford from 2009-2010. In 2009, he worked as the assistant strength& conditioning coach for the Cardinal before being promoted to headstrength and conditioning coach the following year.Priorto joining Harbaugh at Stanford, Tolbert worked with the Detroit Lionsin 2008 as the teams assistant strength and conditioning coach. Beforemaking the jump to the NFL, Tolbert spent eight seasons (2001-07) atthe University of Michigan as the Wolverines strength &conditioning coach.Tolbertstarted his collegiate coaching career with the University of Miami in1998, serving as the Hurricanes weight training and conditioning coachfor three seasons. Tolbert also spent time as a volunteer strength& conditioning coach with the Philadelphia Eagles (1996-97).Anative of Hempstead, NY, Tolbert graduated from the United States NavalAcademy in 1981 with a bachelors of science degree in physical science.He was a three-year football letterman for the Midshipmen, helping thesquad to a pair of bowl appearances.
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Roger Craig, Terrell Owens, John Lynch among Hall of Fame semifinalists


Roger Craig, Terrell Owens, John Lynch among Hall of Fame semifinalists

Former 49ers running back Roger Craig, in his final year on the modern-era ballot, is a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the 10th consecutive year.

Craig is among 27 semifinalists announced for the Class of 2018. The list includes six first-year eligible candidates and four other players who have been eligible previously but are semifinalists for the first time.

Wide receiver Terrell Owens and safety John Lynch, currently 49ers general manager, are among the return semifinalists. Lynch was among the final 10 players last year, while Owens made it to the top 15.

The list of first-year eligible semifinalists includes wide receiver Randy Moss, defensive back Ronde Barber, guard Steve Hutchinson, linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, and defensive lineman Richard Seymour.

The four previously-eligible players who are semifinalists for the first time are safety LeRoy Butler, defensive ends Leslie O’Neal and Simeon Rice, and cornerback Everson Walls.

In January, the list of modern-era candidates will be trimmed to 15 individuals. There will be a total of 18 finalists, including contributor finalist Bobby Beathard and seniors finalists Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer. Hall of Fame rules stipulate from four to eight new members will be selected every year.

Beathard, Brazile and Kramer will be voted on separately and, like all other finalists, must receive 80-percent approval from the full selection committee at the annual selection meeting on Feb. 3, 2018 in Minneapolis, the day before Super Bowl LII.

Craig's teams made it to the playoffs in each of his 11 NFL seasons, including his first eight years with the 49ers. In 1985, he became the first player in NFL history with 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in the same season.

Owens, who played his first eight seasons with the 49ers, was a first-team All-Pro performer six times. He ranks second all-time in receiving yards (15,934) and third with 153 receiving touchdowns.

Lynch, a hard-hitting safety with Tampa Bay and Denver, was selected to nine Pro Bowls in his 15-year career. He recorded 26 interceptions, forced 16 fumbles and recovered nine in his career.

Steve Atwater, S – 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets | (Times as a Semifinalist: 7 – 2012-18)
Ronde Barber, CB/S – 1997-2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Tony Boselli, T – 1995-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2002 Houston Texans (injured reserve) | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2016-18)
Isaac Bruce, WR – 1994-2007 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 2008-09 San Francisco 49ers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2015-18)
LeRoy Butler, S – 1990-2001 Green Bay Packers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Don Coryell, Coach – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 10 – 2005, 2010-18)
Roger Craig, RB – 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings | (Times as a Semifinalist: 10 – 2009-18)
Brian Dawkins, S – 1996-2008 Philadelphia Eagles, 2009-2011 Denver Broncos | (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2017-18)
Alan Faneca, G – 1998-2007 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008-09 New York Jets, 2010 Arizona Cardinals | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2016-18)
Torry Holt, WR – 1999-2008 St. Louis Rams, 2009 Jacksonville Jaguars | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2015-18)
Steve Hutchinson, G – 2001-05 Seattle Seahawks, 2006-2011 Minnesota Vikings, 2012 Tennessee Titans | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Joe Jacoby, T – 1981-1993 Washington Redskins | (Times as a Semifinalist: 8 – 2005, 2008, 2013-18)
Edgerrin James, RB – 1999-2005 Indianapolis Colts, 2006-08 Arizona Cardinals, 2009 Seattle Seahawks | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2015-18)
Jimmy Johnson, Coach – 1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-99 Miami Dolphins | (Times as a Semifinalist: 5 – 2014-18)
Ty Law, CB – 1995-2004 New England Patriots, 2005, 2008 New York Jets, 2006-07 Kansas City Chiefs, 2009 Denver Broncos | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2015-18)
Ray Lewis, LB – 1996-2012 Baltimore Ravens | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
John Lynch, FS – 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos | (Times as a Semifinalist: 6 – 2013-18)
Kevin Mawae, C/G – 1994-97 Seattle Seahawks, 1998-2005 New York Jets, 2006-09 Tennessee Titans | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2015-18)
Karl Mecklenburg, LB – 1983-1994 Denver Broncos | (Times as a Semifinalist: 7 – 2012-18)
Randy Moss, WR – 1998-2004, 2010 Minnesota Vikings, 2005-06 Oakland Raiders, 2007-2010 New England Patriots, 2010 Tennessee Titans, 2012 San Francisco 49ers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Leslie O'Neal, DE – 1986, 1988-1995 San Diego Chargers, 1996-1997 St. Louis Rams, 1998-1999 Kansas City Chiefs | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Terrell Owens, WR – 1996-2003 San Francisco 49ers, 2004-05 Philadelphia Eagles, 2006-08 Dallas Cowboys, 2009 Buffalo Bills, 2010 Cincinnati Bengals | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2016-18)
Simeon Rice, DE – 1996-2000 Arizona Cardinals, 2001-06 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2007 Denver Broncos, 2007 Indianapolis Colts | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Richard Seymour, DE/DT – 2001-08 New England Patriots, 2009-2012 Oakland Raiders | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Brian Urlacher, LB – 2000-2012 Chicago Bears | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Everson Walls, CB – 1981-89 Dallas Cowboys, 1990-92 New York Giants, 1992-93 Cleveland Browns | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Hines Ward, WR – 1998-2011 Pittsburgh Steelers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2017-18)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area is one of 48 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

John Lynch: Eventually, Garoppolo 'is going to be our guy'


John Lynch: Eventually, Garoppolo 'is going to be our guy'

SANTA CLARA – General manager John Lynch came close Tuesday to announcing which quarterback will start for the 49ers this week.

But the official announcement that rookie C.J. Beathard will start Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks will have to come from coach Kyle Shanahan, he said.

“C.J. (Beathard) played extremely well against the Giants, and that’s likely,” Lynch told reporters at Levi’s Stadium. “But I’ll let Kyle speak to that.”

Lynch reiterated that they want to give newly acquired Jimmy Garoppolo the best chance to succeed. Garoppolo spent part of the 49ers' bye week learning the basics of the offensive system in meetings with quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello. Garoppolo also met one-on-one with Shanahan.

Beathard had his best game as a pro on Nov. 12, before the bye week, as he threw for 288 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-21 victory over the New York Giants. Garoppolo arrived in Santa Clara on Oct. 31 in a trade with the New England Patriots.

Lynch said he feels Garoppolo “is going to be our guy,” so the organization does not feel any urgency to rush him onto the field. In fact, Lynch sounded as if the 49ers are not placing a high priority on spending big on the quarterback position with Garoppolo and Beathard on the team.

"You still study every position, but we feel pretty good about where our quarterback room is,” Lynch said.