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Comings and goings: 49ers coaching staff

Comings and goings: 49ers coaching staff

Here's a look at the 49ers' coaching staffs under new coach Kyle Shanahan and last season under Chip Kelly:

2017 49ERS COACHING STAFF
Position: Coach (2016 job)
Head coach: Kyle Shanahan (Atlanta, offensive coordinator)
Defensive coordinator: Robert Saleh (Jacksonville, linebackers coach)
Special teams coordinator: Richard Hightower (Chicago, assistant special teams)
Run game specialist: Mike McDaniel (Atlanta, offensive assistant)
Quarterbacks: Rich Scangarello (Wagner, offensive coordinator)
Running backs: Bobby Turner (Atlanta, running backs)
Wide receivers: Mike LaFleur (Atlanta, offensive assistant)
Tight ends/assistant head coach: Jon Embree (Tampa Bay, tight ends)
Offensive line: John Benton (Jacksonville, assistant offensive line)
Assistant offensive line: Adam Stenavich (San Jose State, offensive line)
Offensive assistant: T.C. McCartney (LSU, offensive assistant)
Senior defensive assistant: Jason Tarver (49ers, outside linebackers)
Defensive line: Jeff Zgonina (N.Y. Giants, assistant defensive line)
Assistant defensive line: Vince Oghobaase (49ers, assistant defensive line)
Linebackers: Johnny Holland (Cleveland, inside linebackers)
Defensive backs: Jeff Hafley (49ers, defensive backs)
Assistant defensive backs: Daniel Bullocks (Jacksonville, assistant defensive backs)
Offensive quality control: Taylor Embree (Kansas City, defensive assistant)
Defensive quality control: Bobby Slowik (Washington, defensive assistant, 2013)
Defensive quality control: DeMeco Ryans (Philadelphia, player, 2015)
Assistant special teams: Stan Kwan (New Orleans, assistant special teams)
Head strength and conditioning: Ray Wright (Washington, head strength and conditioning, 2014)
Strength and conditioning assistant: Marquis Johnson (University of Tennessee, assistant strength coach)
Strength and conditioning assistant: Dustin Perry (University of Minnesota, assistant strength and conditioning coach)
Strength and conditioning assistant: Michael Clay (49ers, assistant special teams)
Administrative assistant to the head coach: Nick Kray (North Carolina State, assistant director of football operations)

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2016 49ERS COACHING STAFF
Position: Coach (current status)
Head coach: Chip Kelly
Offensive coordinator: Curtis Modkins (Chicago, running backs)
Defensive coordinator: Jim O’Neil
Special teams coordinator: Derius Swinton (Chicago, assistant special teams)
Quarterbacks: Ryan Day (Ohio State, quarterbacks)
Running backs: Tom Rathman
Wide receivers: Bob Bicknell
Tight ends: Jeff Nixon (Baylor, co-offensive coordinator/running backs)
Offensive line: Pat Flaherty (Jacksonville, offensive line)
Assistant offensive line: Eric Wolford (South Carolina, offensive line)
Defensive line: Jerry Azzinaro (Cal, defensive line)
Assistant defensive line: Vince Oghobaase (49ers, assistant defensive line)
Outside linebackers: Jason Tarver (49ers, senior defensive assistant)
Inside linebacker: Joe Bowden
Defensive backs: Jeff Hafley (49ers, defensive backs)
Assistant defensive backs: Roy Anderson (Chicago, assistant secondary)
Assistant special teams: Michael Clay (49ers, strength and conditioning assistant)
Offensive quality control: Mick Lombardi (N.Y. Jets, offensive assistant/assistant QBs coach)
Defensive quality control: Tem Lukabu
Senior analyst: Dana Bible
Director of human performance: Mark Uyeyama
Strength, conditioning and nutrition assistant: Kurt Schmidt
Strength and conditioning assistant: Brian Johnson
Strength and conditioning assistant: Taylor Johnson
Strength and conditioning assistant: David Young
Special assistant to the head coach: Bill Nayes

NFL draft rumors: Nick Bosa early favorite to land with 49ers at No. 2

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NFL draft rumors: Nick Bosa early favorite to land with 49ers at No. 2

Within the past week, the 49ers sent representatives to the pro days of Alabama, Ohio State, and Kentucky.

The 49ers own the No. 2 overall pick in the draft. If they hold onto that selection, there appear to be only three players who warrant serious consideration:

--Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams met with 49ers general manager John Lynch and vice president of player personnel Adam Peters early in the week in Tuscaloosa.

--On Wednesday, Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa had a late lunch with Lynch and Peters in Columbus.

--Two days later, Kentucky outside linebacker and edge rusher Josh Allen spent some time with 49ers area scout Steve Rubio, who also attended Ohio State’s pro day and dined with Bosa.

None of the top players worked out, each opting to stand on his marks from the testing at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last month. Williams, Bosa, and Allen are scheduled to make visits to Santa Clara to meet with the 49ers before the draft.

The consensus opinion at this stage appears to be that Bosa will end up with the 49ers. But a lot can happen between now and April 25, when the first round of the NFL draft is held in Nashville.

First, the 49ers can only select Bosa if the Arizona Cardinals pass him up to choose Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick.

The 49ers could still entertain the possibility of trading back to acquire more picks, but there would have to be a team willing to pay the price to move up.

[RELATED: John Lynch says free agency set up 49ers for the draft]

While in Columbus, Lynch said the 49ers are still in the preliminary stages of their draft evaluations. He said the team filled holes in free agency, which enables the 49ers to select the player they evaluate to be the best in the draft, regardless of position.

“We’ve done a lot of work on those guys,” Lynch said. “We’ve done a lot of work on the entire draft class, but it really gets hyper-focused now. We’ve condensed a lot of information. Now the coaches come up and we put it all together.”

Kwon Alexander will fill Reuben Foster's void, John Lynch believes

Kwon Alexander will fill Reuben Foster's void, John Lynch believes

49ers general manager John Lynch acknowledged that he signed Kwon Alexander to fill the void left by former 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster, who was released last season. 

In an interview with 49ers.com, Lynch spoke about how he and his staff brought back several familiar faces to the linebackers room. He was also very frank about what the team lost in Foster as a player. 

“Let’s be honest,” Lynch said. “We had a void that we thought we had filled with Reuben Foster. Things transpired there. We had a void there and that stinks but you can’t just sit there and pout, you gotta say ‘OK, let’s do something.'

“We needed a dynamic football player at that position. It’s a very critical position in our scheme and this became the guy. Kwon became the guy that we wanted to be that guy.” 

Alexander has many of the same on-field characteristics as Foster. He’s known as a hard hitter who flies around the field, making players think twice about going across the middle. He may make some mistakes in the game, but his passion and heart are recognized by his teammates. 

“I think what stood out to us with Kwon,” Lynch said, “he’s a dynamic football player. He’s a tone setter. You need tone-setters on your defense. 

“I think he’s a guy that when you watch him, when you talk to people who played against him, people who played with him, he’s exactly that. His type of play running all over the field, hitting people, getting the ball, it’s contagious. We need that.” 

The 49ers' admiration for Alexander grew as they did more research on him. They understand it may take some time before he returns to 100 percent health.

[RELATED: Kwon Alexander overcame tragedy, adversity]

“The more we watched him the more we liked,” Lynch said. “We knew he was coming off an ACL injury but we got comfortable with the medical part and also got comfortable with 'Hey, we are going to wait as long as it takes.' This is a long-term investment. He’s doing very well in his rehab.” 

The staff ideally would like to see Alexander lined up next to Fred Warner, who had a stand-out rookie season. They also brought back Elijah Lee, special teams contributor Mark Nzeocha, and signed ex-Panther David Mayo to a two-year contract to fill out the linebackers room.