Ken Norton Jr. joins 49ers coaching staff


Ken Norton Jr. is back with the 49ers.

Norton spent seven years as a linebacker for the team in the 1990s and won a Super Bowl after his first season with the team. That capped a run of three straight years as a member of the Super Bowl champion as Norton left the Cowboys for the 49ers. Now Norton will be on Kyle Shanahan’s staff.

The 49ers announced that Norton has been named assistant head coach-defense and inside linebackers coach. Norton was fired by the Raiders as defensive coordinator during the 2017 season, which was his third in that job. He was the linebackers coach for the Seahawks from 2010-2014.

“Ken brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to our team having spent more than two decades as a NFL player and coach,” Shanahan said in a statement. “Throughout his coaching career, Ken has developed a tremendous understanding of our defensive system, making him a perfect fit for our staff. With four Super Bowl titles on his resume, including one as a 49er, Ken knows firsthand what it takes to become a championship caliber team.”

Johnny Holland will move from linebackers coach to the dual title of outside linebackers coach and run game specialist. The 49ers also announced that Michael Clay will move from assistant strength and conditioning coach to assistant special teams coach.

8 responses to “Ken Norton Jr. joins 49ers coaching staff

  1. asst head coach…lol, should be asst defensive coordinator, which is probably perfect for him. Wish him the best, but am grateful he is no longer the DC in Oakland- Hopefully he can learn from Saleh.

  2. The media will probably can’t wait to bring back Norton’s goal post punching clips as the 49ers vs. Rams rivalry will likely get some steam in 2018. It was 49ers linebacker Ken Norton Jr., who punched out the Rams’ goal post after each of two interception returns for touchdowns in San Francisco’s 44-10 victory at St. Louis on Oct. 22, 1995.

  3. Great signing as a position coach. He was overwhelmed as a DC and his supposedly defensive minded head coach left him to dry. He is back doing what he did well with Seattle. Great pick up!

  4. omeimontis says:
    January 9, 2018 at 2:08 am
    He did the best he can in Oakland with the personnel that he had over there.
    Ya, that would explain why the Raiders defense played at a top 5 level after he was fired.

    Wow, SMH.

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