Reports: 49ers offensive staff taking shape

Reports: 49ers offensive staff taking shape

Programming note: Watch the John Lynch-Kyle Shanahan introductory press conference on Thursday at 1pm on CSN Bay Area, and streaming live right here.

Atlanta Falcons assistant Bobby Turner, a long-time fixture on Mike Shanahan's offensive staffs, will reportedly be coming to the 49ers as Kyle Shanahan's running backs coach.

With the hiring of Steve Sarkisian as Falcons offensive coordinator to replace Kyle Shanahan, the Atlanta organization is allowing Turner to leave for a spot with the 49ers, Gil Brandt of NFL.com reported.

Sources told CSNBayArea.com in recent days that Shanahan would attempt to hire Turner but the 49ers still wanted to retain Tom Rathman as a staff member in an unspecified role. It is believed Shanahan, general manager John Lynch and Rathman have yet to meet to discuss the options.

Rathman has been the 49ers’ running backs coach since 2009 under Mike Singletary, Jim Harbaugh, Jim Tomsula and Chip Kelly. He also served as a 49ers assistant coach from 1997 to ’02 under Steve Mariucci.

Turner spent 15 seasons on Mike Shanahan’s staff with the Denver Broncos. Kyle Shanahan’s design for the run game run game is based on what his father did with the Broncos’ zone scheme.

“It’s similar, but every coach and every person has his own stamp,” Turner told CSNBayArea.com last week at the Super Bowl. “The bottom line, everyone says it’s the zone principle. But what is the zone? There’s outside zone, inside zone. There’s a stretch. You can have different coaches who work together have different philosophies. Overall, yeah, it’s the same, but Kyle has his own stamp.”

Shanahan is also set to hire Wagner offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello as quarterbacks coach, as USA Today first reported. Falcons offensive assistants Mike McDaniel and Mike LaFleur also appear ticketed to join the 49ers. Shanahan is expected to run the 49ers’ offense.

Scangarello served as Falcons quality control assistant in 2015 before taking over as Wagner’s offensive coordinator last year. He spent three seasons as Northern Arizona’s offensive coordinator. Scangarello, a native of Roseville and 1996 graduate of Sacramento State, also coached at UC Davis and Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.

Shanahan has also reportedly hired former Colorado head coach Jon Embree to join his staff with the 49ers. Embree will serve as tight ends/assistant head coach, according to Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL Radio and The Sporting News.

Embree worked with Shanahan in 2010 with Washington before compiling a 4-21 record in two seasons at Colorado. Embree returned to the NFL with Cleveland in 2013 and Tampa Bay from 2014 to ’16.

Terrell Owens selects former 49ers coach as his Hall of Fame presenter


Terrell Owens selects former 49ers coach as his Hall of Fame presenter

Terrell Owens has selected former 49ers special teams and wide receivers coach George Stewart as his presenter into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“He knew what to get out of me,” Owens told the Hall of Fame.

“He knows who I am. To know who Terrell Owens is, you have to spend some time with him. . . George Stewart became a father figure to me.”

Owens was elected into the Hall of Fame in February. He will enter the Hall of Fame in a class that also includes wide receiver Randy Moss, linebackers Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher and Robert Brazile, safety Brian Dawkins, guard Jerry Kramer, and contributor Bobby Beathard.

Owens played special teams under Stewart’s direction as a rookie after coming to the 49ers in 1996.

From 2000 to ’02, Stewart worked as the 49ers’ wide receivers coach. Owens was selected to three consecutive All-Pro teams and Pro Bowls during that time. Owens ranks No. 2 all time behind Jerry Rice with 15,934 receiving yards. He is third all-time with 153 receiving touchdowns.

Stewart is set to enter his 30th NFL season as an assistant coach and his second as special-teams coordinator of the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Class of 2018 will be enshrined inside Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, on Saturday, Aug. 4.

Sherman makes his concern over Reid's free-agency status loud and clear


Sherman makes his concern over Reid's free-agency status loud and clear

Safety Eric Reid, who has 69 career starts and one Pro Bowl appearance in his five-year NFL career, remains available on the open market more than a week after the opening of free agency.

Reid has received no reported interest from NFL teams in what has been an unusually soft market for free-agent safeties. But, with Reid, there is another variable that could be playing a factor.

Reid was at the forefront of the social activism that has been a major storyline in the NFL since the beginning of the 2016 season. Reid and former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the playing of the national anthem in protest of racial inequality in America.

Reid has remained outspoken and has taken a knee as a way to “make people uncomfortable about the issues.” Reid has been clear his protest has nothing to do with the flag or the anthem.

“The anthem is just a vehicle to get us to have those conversations,” Reid told NBC Sports Bay Area last season. “It’s the platform we have. It’s the only time we have to get the eyeballs on us to do that. If we just did locker-room talks afterward, nobody would even know. Strategically, this is the only way we thought we could do it.”

Veteran cornerback Richard Sherman, who signed a three-year contract with the 49ers on March 10, had been the Seattle Seahawks’ player representative. He is a vice president of the NFL Players Association. Reid was the 49ers’ union representative.

Sherman said he is keeping a close eye on Reid’s situation.

“We are concerned, because he played at a high level for just about every year that he’s played in this league,” Sherman said on Tuesday. “He’s made enough plays to be signed with a team and to make his money. He deserves his money. Safeties make a certain amount. I would think he’s top-five, top-10 safeties in this league, so he deserves to be paid accordingly.

“So there is concern there, because you would think a player of his caliber and his quality would be picked up by now. I think great teams are still looking and people are still looking for players. I’m praying that he gets picked up. But if he doesn’t, then I think there will be a conversation with the league office and the union on potential league action.”

Kaepernick never got so much as an opportunity to compete for an NFL roster spot during training camp last season. Could Reid, 26, be heading for the same fate?

Reid addressed the issue last week on social media:

“The notion that I can be a great signing for your team for cheap, not because of my skill set but because I’ve protested systemic oppression, is ludicrous. If you think is, then your mindset is part of the problem too.”

The 49ers have not placed a priority on re-signing Reid. The club already has potential starting safeties Jimmie Ward, Jaquiski Tartt and Adrian Colbert under contract for the upcoming season.

Reid, whom the 49ers traded up to select with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, has 10 career interceptions. He appeared to thrive last season in run support as a safety who played closer to the line of scrimmage.