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49ers promote Ryans, McDaniel to coordinator positions

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The 49ers on Monday made the expected promotions within their coaching staff to name DeMeco Ryans as defensive coordinator and Mike McDaniel as offensive coordinator.

Ryans, 36, takes over as 49ers defensive coordinator after Robert Saleh was announced last week as the New York Jets head coach.

Ryans will enter his fifth season with the 49ers in 2021 after spending the previous four years with the team as the inside linebackers coach (2018-20) and a defensive quality control coach (2017). He played 10 NFL seasons with the Houston Texans and Philadelphia Eagles as a linebacker.

Ryans was named AP Defensive Rookie of the Year (2006). He was a First-Team All-Pro selection in 2007, and was named to two Pro Bowls.

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McDaniel, 37, receives a promotion from run game coordinator after passing game coordinator Mike LaFleur joins Saleh's staff with the Jets. LaFleur is the Jets' offensive coordinator. McDaniel coached with 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan with Houston, Washington, Cleveland and Atlanta before joining his staff with the 49ers in 2017.

The expected promotions of Ryans and McDaniel were reported last week, but the 49ers had to conduct interviews with external minority candidates before they could finalize their plans at the coordinator positions.


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