49ers icon Staley interested in returning to NFL as coach


Joe Staley is taking advantage of retirement. He’s dropped some weight, consumed few cocktails and live-tweeted 49ers games, and even enjoys doing absolutely nothing. He’s truly living the dream. Still, he’s keeping his options open with a possible reunion with his former team … as a member of the coaching staff.

“Honestly, I think it would be really fun,” Staley told The San Francisco Chronicle's Eric Branch. “I would really love to go down that avenue. It would have to be, hopefully, a staff like Kyle [Shanahan]’s staff. Working with those guys would be awesome. At this point, though, I’m not ready to give up that many hours, especially right after playing.”

Staley spent more than a decade as the 49ers' starting left tackle, and has all the makings of an extremely well-qualified NFL coach.

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Staley spoke about the offensive scheme that puts the zone-running game on display recently and really liked what he's seen from rookie wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk, who looks like a "stud." 

For now, it appears Staley likes his new life. He admitted to the Chronicle that one minute he wants to be keeping busy, then looks forward to doing the complete opposite the next.


The six-time Pro Bowl tackle also likes that he doesn’t have to consume an enormous amount of calories for his job. He said it’s difficult for him to put weight on, which is why he lost 60 pounds relatively easily after hanging up his cleats.

Must be nice.

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Perhaps one day Staley still could earn that elusive Super Bowl ring as a coach with the organization he dedicated the entirety of his 13-year career to.