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49ers officially announce 15 assistant coaches

From left to right, Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and special teams coordinator Chris Tabor answer questions during an NFL football news conference on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at the team's training facility in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, Lonnie Timmons III) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES AP

The 49ers officially announced 15 members of Chip Kelly’s coaching staff Wednesday.

As previously reported, former Browns defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil will be the defensive coordinator. Curtis Modkins was Kelly’s choice for offensive coordinator last week and left his job as Lions running backs coach.

Also announced Wednesday were Bob Bicknell, wide receivers coach; Ryan Day, quarterbacks coach; Jeff Nixon, tight ends coach; Tom Rathman, running backs coach; Pat Flaherty, offensive line coach; Eric Wolford, assistant offensive line coach; Mick Lombardi, offensive quality control coach; Jerry Azzinaro, defensive line coach; Jeff Hafley, defensive backs coach; Hardy Nickerson, inside linebackers coach; Jason Tarver, outside linebackers coach; Derius Swinton II, special teams coordinator, and Michael Clay, assistant special teams coach.

Hafley follows O’Neil from the Browns. Rathman, Tarver, Lombardi and Wolford are holdovers from the previous 49ers staff, while Azzinaro, Clay and Bicknell worked under Kelly with the Eagles last season.

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24 Responses to “49ers officially announce 15 assistant coaches”
  1. nomoreseasontix says: Jan 27, 2016 7:50 PM

    How can you argue with an allstar cast like that?

  2. badrobot74 says: Jan 27, 2016 7:56 PM

    Glad Rathman didn’t get axed

  3. dexx57 says: Jan 27, 2016 8:01 PM

    kelly is the worst coach on the staff

  4. thesmartestmanever says: Jan 27, 2016 8:02 PM

    The dream team of assistants. Go Hardy Nickerson, Tom Rathman. Of course the 25 cent question is can he adapt his playbook to where the running backs aren’t running toward the sidelines?

  5. therealtrenches says: Jan 27, 2016 8:10 PM

    Does he have ties to these guys? That was a big question that nobody asked of his staff in Philly, but I suspect his lack of substantial relationships with those guys was part of what undid him in Philly. It was an odd assortment of people, kind of like this, because, I suspect, it’s hard for him to find people who want to work for him.

  6. dragonfly99 says: Jan 27, 2016 8:10 PM

    16 coaches including Kelly to coach 53 active players. So that figures one coach to coach 3 and 1/3 players. Amazing. No wonder ticket prices continue to go up.

  7. clbrwns says: Jan 27, 2016 8:11 PM

    Wow. I’m a Browns fan and even I feel sorry for the 49er’s fans after reading this.

  8. ctiggs says: Jan 27, 2016 8:16 PM

    Dream team

  9. dirkanger23 says: Jan 27, 2016 8:22 PM

    Get ready to see absolutely no progress whatsoever in your wide receivers with Bicknell at the helm. I swear the young talented wide outs on the Eagles regressed during his tenure.

  10. skawh says: Jan 27, 2016 8:27 PM

    Michael Clay is a former Oregon Duck…any others?

  11. lurch61 says: Jan 27, 2016 8:41 PM

    so all coaches come from last years powerhouse teams of the browns, lions and eagles….oops AND of course the 49ers. Awesome staff….lol so great to be a 49er fan

  12. braceyourselffor12 says: Jan 27, 2016 8:44 PM

    It’s abundantly clear now that our coaching staff is comprised of those desperate enough to work for an organization ran by York and Baalke.

    Kelly wasn’t wanted anywhere else, Vrabel straight up rejected us and the rest of the cast are made up from the Isle of Misfit Mascots (save for Rathman).

    As I’ve said before: Dumpster Diving, the 2016 49ers Coaching Search.

  13. whenwilliteverend says: Jan 27, 2016 8:45 PM

    I wonder why he didn’t bring more of his staff over from the Eagles. Did the rest of them find jobs elsewhere? Did they not want to follow him to SF because they didn’t want to be unemployed again in three years after Chip wins a total of ten games? Better buckle your seat belts Niners fans.

  14. jagsfan1 says: Jan 27, 2016 9:04 PM

    I wonder why he didn’t bring more of his staff over from the Eagles. Did the rest of them find jobs elsewhere? Did they not want to follow him to SF because they didn’t want to be unemployed again in three years after Chip wins a total of ten games? Better buckle your seat belts Niners fans.

    3 yrs is a really good run with 1 team for an nfl coach…including the head coach…so no problem there.

  15. icallbs81 says: Jan 27, 2016 9:13 PM

    Rathman is amazing. Hell of a coach and dude could still lay the wood on a linebacker opening a hole for a running back to take to the house.

  16. ikeclanton says: Jan 27, 2016 9:39 PM

    #noonehasitmoreconfusingthanus

  17. aj66shanghai says: Jan 27, 2016 9:58 PM

    The failure of this team won’t be on any of the coaches. Last offseason’s exodus set them back years, plus they went all-in on a crummy QB. Don’t matter if it is a “team-friendly” contract, they still wasted the last two years on Colin instead of drafting and developing someone else. Two wasted years of Anquan Boldin, one of Frank Gore, etc. And don’t think for a minute that their grim prospects at QB didn’t factor in to those retirements. Those guys didn’t want to get beat up when they knew they weren’t going to sniff another title shot.

  18. joenash72 says: Jan 28, 2016 2:42 AM

    Wow

    Just, Wow😉

  19. ermur221 says: Jan 28, 2016 2:55 AM

    15 desperate coaches. LOLOLOLOL

  20. slick3 says: Jan 28, 2016 4:31 AM

    Can’t understand why he didn’t bring Bill Davis with him.

  21. kwjsb says: Jan 28, 2016 9:20 AM

    From Mangini to O’Neil

    Browns Fetish ?

  22. collectordude says: Jan 28, 2016 10:45 AM

    What an underwhelming group of characters aside from Rathman.
    Especially Kelly!

  23. scrappler says: Jan 28, 2016 10:49 AM

    slick3 says:
    Jan 28, 2016 4:31 AM

    Can’t understand why he didn’t bring Bill Davis with him.

    =============

    o’neil is davis 2.0.

    chip loves him some cleveland browns d-coordinators

  24. topwonk says: Jan 29, 2016 12:05 PM

    Yeah, that Bob Bicknell did a heck of a job with the WRs in Philly. And Curtis Modkins as OC? This may be even worse than the staff he built with the Eagles…

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