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Kyle Shanahan rounds out his 49ers coaching staff for 2019 season


Kyle Shanahan rounds out his 49ers coaching staff for 2019 season

INDIANAPOLIS – Shortly after quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello left the 49ers to become Vic Fangio’s offensive coordinator with the Denver Broncos, it appeared Mike LaFleur was the favorite to fill the position.

LaFleur was the 49ers’ passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach last season. He worked with the quarterbacks for the 49ers-coached South team at the Senior Bowl.

LaFleur will no longer be solely in charge of the wide receivers with the 49ers, and he will not coach the quarterbacks, either.

Instead, LaFleur will have a myriad of duties as he retains the position of passing game coordinator. He will work closely with head coach Kyle Shanahan, while he is also expected to help assimilate the 49ers’ new quarterbacks and wide receivers coaches into the system.

The 49ers on Wednesday announced the completion of its coaching staff, which highlights Shanahan’s vision for a restructured staff and his reliance on two coordinators on the offensive side of the ball.

The club also announced the hiring of Ben Peterson as head of player health & performance. The 49ers also promoted Dustin Perry to head strength & conditioning coach. The 49ers are still interviewing candidates to take over as the team’s head trainer.

Shanahan will continue to oversee the offense and call the plays. In January, he denied LaFleur and run game coordinator Mike McDaniel from opportunities to leave the organization for coordinator positions. Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur was denied permission to hire his younger brother.

Shanahan said he considered those opportunities as lateral moves after LaFleur and McDaniel were promoted to coordinator positions following the 2017 season.

The 49ers on Wednesday announced the previously reported hirings of Wes Welker as wide receivers coach and Shane Day as quarterbacks coach.

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Mike LaFleur’s duties as the passing game coordinator will require him and Shanahan to spend a lot of time with Welker and Day to help train them in the intricacies of the 49ers’ offense.

Shanahan spent a lot of time the past two seasons in the quarterbacks meeting room with Scangarello. LaFleur will likely be a regular in the room in 2019 with Day, who is beginning the process of learning what he needs to know about the requirements of coaching the position in Shanahan’s offense.

McDaniel, as run game coordinator, is the template for such a move. McDaniel does not have a position group for which he is responsible. He has the flexibility to spend time with different areas of the offense, including the offensive line and tight ends.

Shanahan, LaFleur and McDaniel are likely to work on game-planning together on Mondays and Tuesdays during the regular season. On the practice days of Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, they will not have responsibilities inside the meeting room of a particular position group.

Without coaching a position, LaFleur and McDaniel are free to spend time on special projects and issues, while also having the flexibility to spend time with any of the position groups.

Former NFL receiver Miles Austin, who joins the 49ers as an entry-level offensive quality control coach, is also likely to spend considerable time with Welker with the wide receivers.

Daniel Bullocks - Safeties
Shane Day - Quarterbacks
Wes Welker - Wide Receivers
Zach Yenser - Assistant Offensive Line
Bobby Slowik - Offensive Assistant
Miles Austin - Offensive Quality Control
Brian Fleury - Defensive Quality Control

Ben Peterson - Head of Player Health & Performance
Dustin Perry - Head Strength & Conditioning
Shea Thompson - Director of Performance Monitoring/Assistant Strength & Conditioning
Aaron Hill - Assistant Strength & Conditioning
Mike Nicolini - Assistant Strength & Conditioning

49ers receiver Trent Taylor excited to learn from new coach Wes Welker


49ers receiver Trent Taylor excited to learn from new coach Wes Welker

As a short, slot receiver, Trent Taylor has been compared to All-Pro wideout Wes Welker for his entire life.

Now, Taylor will have the chance to learn from Welker directly, after the 37-year-old reportedly will become one of the newest members of 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan's staff.

Taylor didn’t hold back when asked what his thoughts were when he first heard about Welker heading to the Bay Area.

“I thought it was freakin’ sick,” Taylor told NBC Sports Bay Area. “He’s been a baller in the NFL for 10 plus years and it’s always just cool having a guy like that coaching you. A guy with that type of experience and the guy people have compared me to my whole life.”

With only an inch difference in height between the two -- Taylor is 5'8", Welker is 5'9" -- Taylor is more than ready to learn from Welker. Tips from the receiver who led the league in receptions in three different seasons and racked up over 1,000 yards five times will be very valuable.

Even more than Welker’s physicality, Taylor believes his mental approach to the game is even more powerful.

“It’s going to be a cool opportunity to be able to work with him and hear what he has to say to me, what kind of advice he has, and I just know he has that ‘dog mentality’ that you want in a football player," Taylor said. 

“It’s cool to have that in the coaching position, and it will be cool to see the way that he coaches us and the fire that he brings into work every day. I think it’s going to be great.”

While Taylor knows what his new coach is capable of, he can’t wait be in the same room with the five-time Pro Bowler to watch Welker’s own game film.

“I haven’t been able to just sit down and break down his film,” Taylor said. “But I feel like we will have the opportunity to do that. I’ll probably press that subject pretty hard. I feel like he’s going to try to be humble about it but we need to see his film. That’s for sure.”

Welker’s level of productivity is the gold standard for a slot receiver, and that’s the goal for Taylor and the rest of the receivers room. Taylor understands its immense value.

“I think it will be good to be able to ‘learn’ somebody who played the same type of position with the same body type,” Taylor said. “You don’t run into to many guys like that in the NFL. So it will be an interesting perspective to hear from.”

Welker reportedly will be joined by former Cowboys wideout Miles Austin in the receivers room, who was hired as an offensive quality control coach. Taylor appreciates that both coaches are not that far removed from the game, which helps them be even more relatable.

“Two guys who played a long time in the NFL, and haven’t been out of the league for that many years,” Taylor said. “They’re still pretty fresh in it. It’ll be great. I think it’s going to work out great."

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Taylor, however remains inspired by Welker's mental toughness and looks to get everything possible out of his new coach.

"I think he always wanted it more than the guy across from him," Taylor said. "And that’s what made him so great. that’s what makes anybody great. Just having that 'want to' and that fire that you’re never going to stop. That you’re not going to give up."

Five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Wes Welker reportedly joining 49ers staff


Five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Wes Welker reportedly joining 49ers staff

Former Pro Bowl wide receiver Wes Welker is reportedly joining the 49ers coaching staff.

Welker, 37,  spent the past two seasons as an offense of assistant with the Houston Texans. The Houston Chronicle reported Welker has accepted a position with the 49ers.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said at the Super Bowl he expected to finalize his coaching staff this week. Welker will likely join passing game coordinator Mike LaFleur in working with 49ers wide receivers.

Welker played 12 NFL seasons and earned five Pro Bowls and two All-Pro selections. 

He spent six seasons with the New England Patriots. He also played for Miami, Denver and the St. Louis Rams.

Welker, known for his play in the slot, appeared in 175 career games. He caught 903 passes for 9,924 yards and 50 touchdowns in his career.