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For 49ers DBs, Trent Baalke’s more than a G.M., he’s a coach


Trent Baalke’s apparently doing more than delivering players such as defensive backs Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt for the 49ers.

He’s apparently coaching them up, too.

Though they have a complete and (allegedly) functioning coaching staff, Ward and Tartt say that Baalke’s often on the field during practice giving them tips.

“He comes down to practice a lot,” Ward said, via Matt Maiocco of “He’s like another coach. Sometimes I make a mistake and be like, ‘Coach Trent?’

”He’s correcting my techniques, too, when I’m on the field. He’s a pretty good guy. I like him. I don’t mind that.”

“When you see him, he’s always going to coach something, and you have to be ready for it,” Tartt said. “He’s pretty cool.”

Of course, Baalke has a vested interest in the pair, as they’re pretty high on the list of players he’s chosen lately. Ward was his 2014 first-rounder, and Tartt was chosen in the second round last year.

Head coach Jim Tomsula and secondary coach Tim Lewis both have plenty of experience in their jobs, so you wouldn’t think the G.M. would have to come down to help practice. But this is San Francisco, where job titles seem temporary, and scapegoats are found as needed. So as benign as the G.M. hanging around practice might seem in other places, it carries a different implication when it’s happening there.