Anquan Boldin, Colin Kaepernick excited about Geep Chryst as offensive coordinator


The 49ers announced their 20-member coaching staff on Monday, a group that includes a pair of position coaches at wide receiver and linebacker under new head coach Jim Tomsula.

It seems like a safe bet that the assistant that gets the most attention of that group is going to be offensive coordinator Geep Chryst. After a year that saw the 49ers offense and quarterback Colin Kaepernick take some big backward steps with Chryst serving as quarterbacks coach, Chryst will be charged with getting everything back on line in 2015. Wide receiver Anquan Boldin is optimistic that he can do it.

“He was actually my quarterbacks coach in Arizona my rookie year. He’s a great football mind, and I think he can bring a spark to the offense,” Boldin said, via the team’s website.

Kaepernick is “very excited” about Chryst making the move to coordinator, noting that he’s open to “taking shots” downfield. With CEO Jed York talking about Kaepernick running the ball more, we’re not sure how often those shots are going to come. Questions about the offense extend to the impending free agency of running back Frank Gore and wide receiver Michael Crabtree as well as the mystery of tight end Vernon Davis’s sharp decline in 2014.

It adds up to a lot on Chryst’s plate heading into the season and his ability to handle it all will do a lot to determine the team’s fate in Tomsula’s first full season as the head coach.

20 responses to “Anquan Boldin, Colin Kaepernick excited about Geep Chryst as offensive coordinator

  1. So Q’s invited because Geep will “bring a spark”? That’s not what they need, the dumpster fire in Santa Clara is already a 4-alarm raging inferno. He needs to bring a fire truck loaded with water. Lots of water.

  2. It might be worth noting that Chryst had, from time to time, called plays (most famous being “Vernon Post,” which won them the 2012 divisional playoff game against the Saints). Also worth noting that before Greg Roman became the most popular scapegoat during 2014, he was considered a head coach candidate in prior offseasons, and Chryst was tapped to replace him as OC had that happened.

  3. Also worth noting is that no one hired Roman to be a head coach.

    I ain’t sold on Chryst almighty, but seriously, I’m just happy Roman is gone.

  4. Hard to know what to make of Geep. If Bruce Arians is right, guys who have been around awhile are often underrated. They have a lot of experience. So while he is not a “sexy” hire like Adam Gase would have been, I hope at least they can get into a rhythm on offense. That is the main thing I saw lacking. Really slow play calls no matter the situation. No taking advantage of a defense that was temporarily off balance. Having a single play-caller, even if not an offensive genius, will hopefully improve that.

  5. Anyone is goin to be better than roman…harbaugh and him were way to stubborn when it came to offense…never letting kap play up to his strenghts…they were constantly trying to turn him into something hes not and will never be which is a pure pocket passer playing out of the spread…and chryst has already stated that we need to get back to kaps strenghts which are the use of his legs and rocket arm…put him back in the read option from time to time where he was dynamic at in 2012 … they had to abandon it after that because gore was completly ineffective running out of the option, to slow and impatient…but now you have a rb in hyde who was an absolute beast running out of the option and same with kendall hunter… and chryst nows this and same with foerster the new o line coach who helped pave the way for alfred morris running put of washingtons read option with rg3 … and thats when kaps at his best … when the defense is forced to play close the line of scrimmage allowing kap to run off play action and throw darts 30 yards downfeild just like he did on a regular basis in 2012 and the early part of 2013 … just get back to basics chryst and i think you”ll be fine

  6. it would be nice to see some play action pass we have the players we have a good running quarterback good running back and we never use play action pass last year

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