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49ers give promotion to Salli Clavelle, NFL's only full-time female scout

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49ers give promotion to Salli Clavelle, NFL's only full-time female scout

The 49ers on Monday announced the promotion of Salli Clavelle to the role of pro personnel analyst.

Clavelle is the only female to hold a full-time scouting position in the NFL, according to The Athletic. She joined the 49ers last summer during training camp as a scouting assistant. In her previous role with the organization, she assisted the college and pro scouting departments in their evaluations of NFL players.

Clavelle, the niece of former Green Bay Packers player Shannon Clavelle, played basketball at Sam Houston State. In May 2016, she was hired in the football recruiting department at Tulane.

The 49ers announced seven promotions and hirings to their personnel department.

Dominic DeCicco takes over as the 49ers’ West Area college scout after spending last season scouting the Midlands Area. DeCicco takes over for Reggie Cobb, who passed away in April.

Ryan Kessenich was hired to scout the Midlands Area. He spent the past six seasons working as a scout for the Chicago Bears.

Travis Dauro moves from his role as a scouting assistant to the college scouting coordinator in his third season with the 49ers.

Fred Gammage III was hired as pro personnel analyst. He previously served on the Arizona State football staff.

Crowley Hanlon was promoted to pro personnel coordinator. He had been a special assistant, working on roster evaluations, creating player cutups, monitoring roster moves and coordinating free-agent visits.

Steve Slowik was brought on as a scouting assistant after spending more than three years as an analyst for Pro Football Focus. The brother of 49ers offensive assistant Bobby Slowik, Steve played cornerback at Michigan Tech University in 2007 and ’08.

Kyle Shanahan is 'doppelganger' of Bill Belichick, Colin Cowherd says

Kyle Shanahan is 'doppelganger' of Bill Belichick, Colin Cowherd says

There are a litany of great head coaches in the NFL today, but few are both as universally beloved by colleagues and as overlooked by fans and media members as 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. The former Falcons offensive coordinator has fought an uphill battle since taking over prior to the 2017 season -- and has a 10-22 record to show for it. 

Colin Cowherd was recently discussing the NFL.com head coach rankings that were released yesterday, and he strongly disagreed with one particular selection.

"Shanahan, has a doppelganger in this league, it's called Belichick," Cowherd said. Bill Belichick is easily the most well-renowned head coach in the NFL and just came off of his sixth Super Bowl victory in February.

"Kyle Shanahan has an incredible career as a coordinator," the host of The Herd on FS1 explained. "Everywhere he's gone, He made Matt Schaub a pro bowler, he made Matt Ryan an MVP. Then he leaves, the teams aren't the same and the quarterbacks aren't the same. "

Cowherd pointed out some data on just how much better the 49ers have been with Jimmy Garoppolo on the field than when he's been off, but closed out his analysis with a strong take.

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"In two years, he will be a top-six coach."

With Shanahan and general manager John Lynch each having four years remaining on their contracts, 49ers fans can rest easy knowing they've got a very highly regarded head coach pacing the sidelines each week. The regular season opens Sept. 8 when San Francisco travels to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers. 

49ers, Raiders picked to be among most improved teams by NFL analyst

49ers, Raiders picked to be among most improved teams by NFL analyst

The 2018 NFL season was one every Bay Area fan would like to forget. Both the 49ers and Raiders ended the season with 4-12 records, as they each secured a top-five pick in the NFL draft.

NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah shared his predictions for the most improved organizations in 2019 and both the 49ers and Raiders made the cut.

The 49ers top Jeremiah's board with the promise of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo being healthy for training camp and an offseason that saw them shore up an already strong defensive line group, signing Dee Ford to a long-term deal and drafting former Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa No. 2 overall in April's draft.

The Raiders, meanwhile, sit third in Jeremiah's rankings after making some of their own splashy moves over the NFL offseason. Oakland acquired All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown from the Steelers and also signed Vontaze Burfict, who was a Pro Bowler and second-team All-Pro with the Bengals in 2013.

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It's hard to go anywhere but up for the Bay Area's NFL teams in 2019, but if Jeremiah's picks are accurate, there could be a lot more winning football coming to Northern California in the coming months.