Tom Rathman

Tom Rathman to be inducted into 49ers Hall of Fame

Tom Rathman to be inducted into 49ers Hall of Fame

Former 49ers fullback Tom Rathman, who was not retained this season on Kyle Shanahan’s coaching staff, will be coming back to the organization in a permanent fashion.

Rathman, 54, who spent a total of 23 seasons as a player and coach, will be inducted into the 49ers Hall of Fame, CEO Jed York announced on Tuesday.

“Tom Rathman embodies everything this organization wants in its players, coaches and staff,” York said in a statement. “Throughout his more than two decades with our team, Tom set a tone for the 49ers both on and off the field. As a player, he was selfless, hard-working and dedicated to bringing his best every single day. Tom coached very much the same way.

"It was his mission to help every man he coached realize his full potential, as both a player and a man. Tom is family and we are so thrilled to induct him into the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame, where he will take his place among the all-time greats in our team’s history.”

Rathman discussed having a role on the 49ers’ coaching staff after the hiring of Shanahan. But Shanahan had already promised the position of running backs coach to Bobby Turner.

“It was all positive,” said Rathman told NBC Sports Bay Area in February. “I have no hard feelings. It’s just the nature of the business. Everybody just has to understand that. In pro football, coaches get fired and new guys come in and they bring their guys. I totally understand it. I don’t have a problem with it. Being in the business for 28 years, playing and coaching, you understand what it is. You can never take anything for granted.”

Rathman played for the 49ers from 1986 to ’93. He was a starter on two Super Bowl-winning teams and seven NFC West champions. Used mostly as a lead-blocker for Roger Craig, Rathman’s best season came in 1989, when he caught 73 passes for 616 yards.

After his playing career concluded with the Los Angeles Rams in 1994, Rathman entered into a career in coaching. He coached under Steve Mariucci from 1997 to 2002. He returned to coach with the 49ers in 2009, serving on the coaching staffs of head coaches Mike Singletary, Jim Harbaugh, Jim Tomsula and Chip Kelly.

“I’ve always considered myself a 49er and I always will consider myself a 49er," Rathman said in a statement. "I’ll take that brand with me wherever I go because that’s who I am. It feels great to be with the guys who are already in the 49ers Hall of Fame. Dating back to Joe Perry, it’s an honor to be associated with the likes of Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Roger Craig and Dwight Clark.

"That’s a lot of history right there. To be able to say that you’re in a fraternity with those guys so to speak, the 49ers Hall of Fame fraternity, says volumes. It’s pretty special.”

Former 49ers RB coach Tom Rathman: Carlos Hyde a work in progress

Former 49ers RB coach Tom Rathman: Carlos Hyde a work in progress

Running back Carlos Hyde enters the final year of his rookie contract as a player with loads of potential.

Hyde’s season ended in late-December just 12 yards shy of the 1,000-yard mark. His knee injury did not require surgery and is not expected to have any impact on his offseason training for the 2017 season.

The man who coached him in his first three NFL seasons told CSNBayArea.com he believes Hyde is making progress as an all-around player after entering the league as a second-round draft pick in 2014 from Ohio State.

“He’s moving in the right direction,” said Tom Rathman, who will not return to the 49ers’ coaching staff. “He still has some growing to do as a football player to get to the level of player that everybody wants to be. He’s got the capability of doing it. He’s a work in progress.”

Hyde appears to be in capable hands with new running backs coach Bobby Turner. In 22 seasons of being an NFL assistant, Turner’s backs have produced 1,000-yard seasons 16 times.

Turner spent 15 seasons on Mike Shanahan’s staff with the Denver Broncos. During that time, Shanahan’s run game produced eight of the top 11 single-season rushers in Broncos history with six different running backs rushing for more than 1,000 yards.

Hall of Fame running back Terrell Davis rushed for 2,008 yards in 1998 – the fifth-most in a single season in NFL history.

Turner has worked as running backs coach for five of the past six seasons under Kyle Shanahan, Mike's son and the 49ers new head coach.

Kyle Shanahan was offensive coordinator for five years with Turner as a top assistant in Washington and Atlanta. All five seasons produced 1,000-yard rushers: Alfred Morris (Washington, three times) and Devonta Freeman (Atlanta, twice).

Turner told CSNBayArea.com at the Super Bowl in Houston the philosophies of Mike and Kyle Shanahan are not exact.

“It’s similar, but every coach and every person has his own stamp,” Turner said. “The bottom line, everyone says it’s the zone principle. But what is the zone? There’s outside zone, inside zone. There’s a stretch. You can have different coaches who work together have different philosophies. Overall, yeah, it’s the same, but Kyle has his own stamp.”

Rathman will not return as assistant on 49ers staff

Rathman will not return as assistant on 49ers staff

Tom Rathman, who has spent 22 seasons with the 49ers as a player and coach, will not return to the team’s coaching staff for the 2017 season, he told CSNBayArea.com on Sunday.

“I’m not going to be back,” Rathman said. “I feel like it’s the best for everybody if I just parted and let those guys do their thing and take me out of the equation so that nobody’s uncomfortable.

“I’m looking to coach running backs and that’s what I want to do. I’m just going to wait for the next opportunity and go for it when it happens.”

Rathman’s spot as the 49ers’ running backs coach the past eight seasons was filled on Friday when the club announced the hiring of Bobby Turner to serve in that capacity on Kyle Shanahan’s staff.

Shanahan said he made a promise to Turner a long time ago to hire him to his coaching staff if he were to ever become an NFL head coach. Turner coached under Shanahan’s father, Mike, with Denver and Washington.

Shanahan and general manager John Lynch met with Rathman on Thursday morning and discussed ways to keep Rathman on the staff. Rathman said there was not a role on the staff that made sense for him or the 49ers.

“It was all positive,” said Rathman, 54. “I have no hard feelings. It’s just the nature of the business. Everybody just has to understand that. In pro football, coaches get fired and new guys come in and they bring their guys. I totally understand it. I don’t have a problem with it. Being in the business for 28 years, playing and coaching, you understand what it is. You can never take anything for granted.”

Rathman was a fullback with the 49ers from 1986 to ’93, during which time he was a starter on two Super Bowl-winning teams and seven NFC West champions. He finished his career in 1994 with the Los Angeles Raiders before transitioning into coaching.

He spent one season as the offensive coordinator at Menlo College. Rathman was then hired the following year to Steve Mariucci’s staff with the 49ers, where he coached from 1997 to 2002. Rathman followed Mariucci to the Detroit Lions for three seasons before serving as Lane Kiffin’s running backs coach with the Raiders in 2007 and ’08.

Rathman returned to the 49ers in 2009, where he has worked on coaching staffs with head coaches Mike Singletary, Jim Harbaugh, Jim Tomsula and Chip Kelly.

“It’s been fantastic,” Rathman said of his time with the 49ers. “Just going back to the playing days in the DeBartolo era. Playing for the organization and coaching for Eddie and the York family and Jed. They’ve shown me nothing but respect. I have no hard feelings. I still feel like I’m part of the family. Even though I won’t be there, I’ll still feel part of the family.”

Rathman said he wanted to reach out to some people with whom he has worked to inform them before news of his exit from the 49ers became public. Among those with whom he spoke were Carlos Hyde and Frank Gore. Hyde posted a photo of Rathman on social media Saturday night with no caption.

“I did talk to Frank, too,” Rathman said.

Gore’s reaction, according to Rathman, “That sucks.”

“You try to explain it to everybody that it’s the way the business works,” Rathman said. “He understands that, because as a player, the 49ers had to let him go. Whether you’re playing or whether you’re coaching, it’s pretty much the same thing. It’s a very volatile industry. You have to go out and produce. That’s the bottom line in this industry, whether you’re coaching or playing. We just didn’t do enough producing.”

Rathman said he will look to resume coaching in the NFL.

“Because it’s so late, all the jobs are pretty much snagged,” Rathman said. “I’ll continue to hunt. If I have to be out this year, I’ll get back in next year and take my coaching show on the road for however long I have to.

“I’m looking to do another stint, one more push, in pro football and just try to get to that Super Bowl level and win another Super Bowl.”