Chart: Kyle Shanahan completes 49ers staff for 2017

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday March 09, 2017


Kyle Shanahan has completed his 49ers staff.

The last of the six new NFL coaches, Shanahan pulled much of his staff from the Falcons, the Jaguars, and the previous 49ers staff. He takes over a 49ers team coming off a 2-14 season, and he has a 6-year contract, given time to turn things around. He’s also the fourth head coach in as many years for the franchise.


At 21 on-field coaches, it’s on the bigger end for an NFL staff. Shanahan himself will also serve as the offensive coordinator.

Shanahan couldn’t officially take the job until after the Super Bowl, and when he did, he brought multiple Falcons offensive assistants with him, including running backs coach Robert Turner, new wide receivers coach Mike LaFleur and run game specialist Mike McDaniel. The latter two have promotions with the 49ers, but getting Turner to follow was a big addition.

The 49ers had incredible staff turnover in recent years, but Shanahan retained several, including defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley, assistant defensive line coach Vince Oghobaase, defensive quality control assistant Tem Lukabu and Jason Tarver, who moves from outside linebackers coach to senior defensive assistant.

The former Jaguars staff was also a place Shanahan grabbed some coaches, including defensive coordinator Robert Saleh (who had been set to join the Chargers), offensive line coach John Benton and assistant defensive backs coach Daniel Bullocks. Saleh worked alongside Shanahan with the Houston Texans a decade ago.

Shanahan turned to the college ranks for quarterbacks coach Rich Scangranello, who was a Falcons offensive assistant under Shanahan in 2015. He also brought in offensive assistant T.C. McCartney from LSU, who worked with Shanahan in 2014 with the Browns.

Shanahan also hired two men out of coaching. Former NFL linebacker DeMeco Ryans played with the Texans when Shanahan was a coach and will serve as a defensive quality control assistant. Another quality control assistant, Bobby Slowik, was a Redskins defensive assistant from 2011-13 when Shanahan was there, and he most recently worked with analytics company Pro Football Focus.

See the six new NFL staffs here.

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.