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49ers hire Hardy Nickerson as linebackers coach

1 Nov 1998:  Hardy Nickerson #56 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers making gestures during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers defeated the Vikings 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Scott Halleran  /Allsport Getty Images

Chip Kelly still hasn’t named the 49ers’ next defensive coordinator, but he is filling out the defensive coaching staff.

Hardy Nickerson will serve as the 49ers’ linebackers coach, Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports.

Nickerson had a 16-year NFL career with the Steelers, Buccaneers, Jaguars and Packers and was a five-time Pro Bowler. He has twice worked as an assistant to Lovie Smith, first in Chicago and then for the last two years in Tampa Bay.

That Kelly would begin hiring defensive coaches suggests that he knows what kind of defense he’s going to run and may have already decided on his defensive coordinator without actually naming him yet.

The job in San Francisco will allow Nickerson to be close to his son, Hardy Nickseron Jr., a linebacker at Cal.

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19 Responses to “49ers hire Hardy Nickerson as linebackers coach”
  1. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 23, 2016 9:48 AM

    He was a tackling machine back in the day.

  2. dryzzt23 says: Jan 23, 2016 10:01 AM

    I’m glad to see Hardy doing well. I have always thought that the Steelers made a mistake in letting him go.

  3. sportsguy707 says: Jan 23, 2016 10:23 AM

    I’m thinking Jason Tarver is the guy.

  4. waxthat says: Jan 23, 2016 10:24 AM

    Good hire.

  5. phillygreen20 says: Jan 23, 2016 10:36 AM

    He’s definitely going to hire Billy Davis

  6. timswog says: Jan 23, 2016 10:59 AM

    this is a good hire. it’s nice to see the 49ers are now going to have a real coaching staff in 2016 instead of the patchwork group of guys who were other team’s scraps in ’15.

  7. 49erstim says: Jan 23, 2016 11:13 AM

    I loved watching Hardy Nickerson play. Glad to have him aboard! Any truth to the rumor that Lovie Smith may come in to run the defense?

  8. captainwhodat says: Jan 23, 2016 11:25 AM

    good hire…he was a leader for the Steelers, Bucs, Jaguars who gave it his all…classy guy who happens to be a good coach…

  9. sdchicken says: Jan 23, 2016 11:26 AM

    Dude was unstoppable in techmo bowl

  10. blackandbluedivision says: Jan 23, 2016 12:09 PM

    Linebacker coach…before D-Coordinator? I’m sure that sounds appealing to candidates. They’re already undermining you and you haven’t been hired yet.

  11. espy70 says: Jan 23, 2016 12:14 PM

    And he is from the east bay

  12. ericmies11 says: Jan 23, 2016 12:52 PM

    He was an awful highschool football coach at Bishop O’Dowd.

  13. milkcrate03 says: Jan 23, 2016 1:19 PM

    The Niners DC is probably on the staff of one of the 4 remaining playoff teams. Can’t make it official until they are out.

  14. cjas9298 says: Jan 23, 2016 2:10 PM

    Nickerson was a superb player. And another black hire for Kelly. Odd.

  15. kevo95 says: Jan 23, 2016 4:10 PM

    As a Steeler fan I would say good move for Niners ,just need to figure out what to do with Kap

  16. suckafree9rs415 says: Jan 23, 2016 7:35 PM

    My nephew played for Hardy at O’Dowd and the guy is awful.

  17. kidsamoa260 says: Jan 23, 2016 9:21 PM

    Can’t knock that move. Seems legit.

  18. noteamforlosangeles says: Jan 23, 2016 9:41 PM

    Nice choice…This move is still better than the Falcons who picked their OC before their HC last season.

  19. crabwasheld says: Jan 24, 2016 12:32 AM

    Why a joke. If he’s working for York then he’s probably making minimum wage and food stamps. Lol what a joke of a franchise.

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