Jim Harbaugh Coaching Staff: Geep Chryst Hired As 49ers New quarterbacks coach

Fooch's Note: Thanks to Since79 for posting this FanPost. Rather than create a whole new post I'm going to just use this to provide some details on the 49ers new quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst. I've posted his resume after the jump. He doesn't have a ton of experience with QBs in his career, at least as far as I can tell. After his resume I've posted the commentary the 49ers offered in their press release about Chryst. He spent the last five years coaching tight ends in Carolina, but coached QBs in Arizona in 1998 and from 2001 to 2003. Fooch Clarification: He was also QB coach and OC in San Diego from 1999 to 2000 when Harbaugh was wrapping up his career down there. That explains the connection a bit.

If I were to speculate, I'd guess that Jim Harbaugh will end up doing a decent amount of work with the quarterbacks given his own background. Chryst will have the QB coach title on the coaching staff, but I wonder how involved he will actually be in all of this. Will he possibly just be more of a communicator between Harbaugh and the QBs or will he take on a more active role? While it's an odd higher, I'm convinced it has something to do with Harbaugh wanting to be involved in coaching the quarterbacks to some degree. Throw in the fact that the 49ers will likely have at least one really young QB and I wouldn't be surprised if Harbaugh takes on a more hands-on role than we would otherwise expect.

Geep Chryst is 49ers New quarterbacks coach. Geep who???

Does anyone know more about this guy than this???

Kind of a surprise here, don't you think? I was hoping for more of an established name from the Holmgren / Walsh tree. This guy worked mostly for Carolina. A team with failed QBs for many years now.

I trust JH, but I would love to know more about him and how JH and he are connected.

Geep Chryst
1987 – University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1988 – University of Wisconsin-Madison
1989 – University of Wyoming – Offensive Line
1990 – University of Wyoming – Quarterbacks
1991 – Orlando Thunder (WFL) – Wide Receivers/Running Backs
1991-95 – Chicago Bears – Director of research/quality control
1996-97 – Arizona Cardinals – Tight Ends
1998 – Arizona Cardinals – Quarterbacks
1999-00 – San Diego Chargers – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2001-03 – Arizona Cardinals – Quarterbacks
2006-10 – Carolina Panthers – Tight Ends/Offensive Quality Control

Chryst, 48, enters his 19th season in the NFL, having most recently served as the tight ends/offensive quality control coach with the Carolina Panthers (2006-10). He is reunited with 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, whom he coached during Harbaugh's final two NFL seasons with the San Diego Chargers in 1999-00.

In 2009, Chryst was part of an offensive coaching staff that helped the Panthers become the first team in the history of the NFL to garner two running backs with more than 1,100 yards rushing in the same season. His tight end unit also posted the most productive receiving season for Panthers tight ends in a decade, that year.

Before joining Carolina in 2006, Chryst served as the Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks coach (2001-03) and San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach (1999-2000). Chryst implemented the no-huddle offense in San Diego in 1999, which led to Harbaugh enjoying the second-highest passing output (2,761 passing yards) of his 15-year career. The Chargers also completed the most passes (332) in 13 years with Chryst directing the offense and Harbaugh became the first quarterback in team history since Hall of Famer Dan Fouts to pass for 400 yards in a game, that year.

Chryst spent three seasons with the Cardinals, serving as the team's tight ends coach from 1996-97 before becoming the quarterbacks coach in 1998. He began his NFL coaching career with the Chicago Bears in 1991 as the director of research/quality control, a position he held until 1995. In the spring of 1992, Chryst, after being out of uniform for eight years, took a 15-day hiatus from the Bears to long snap in three playoff games for the short-handed Orlando Thunder of the World League. Interestingly, he had made his professional coaching debut with the Thunder in 1991, serving as the wide receivers/running backs coach.

Chryst began his coaching career at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1987 before moving over to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988. Chryst then spent two years at the University of Wyoming, serving as the offensive line coach in 1989 and the quarterbacks coach in 1990.

A three-year starter at linebacker for Princeton University, Chryst also played baseball for two seasons for the Tigers. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from Princeton as well as a master's degree in educational administration from the University of Wisconsin.

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