Good morning everyone. The 49ers are still filling out Jim Tomsula's coaching staff after hiring Eric Mangini as defensive coordinator on Thursday. As for the rest of the staff, the Colts have denied the 49ers permission to interview Rob Chudzinski for offensive coordinator, but his contract expires soon so it won't matter in a few days. They are also set to interview former Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell for defensive backs coach. It looks like the 49ers are trying to fill their staff with as much upper level coaching experience as they can fit. Former head coaches as coordinators and position coaches, former coordinators as position coaches. It should help the inexperienced Tomsula adjust to whatever adversity he comes across.
When the 49ers hired Tomsula, I said immediately that offensive coordinator was going to be the most important hire of the staff. A good one that will work to the strengths of what he has (Colin Kaepernick) should be enough to get the 49ers back among the elite teams in the league. Even with a flop, I think the vastly improved health of the team should be enough to get back in the playoffs. As for candidates, the list is starting to dwindle. My ideal candidate going into the off season was Marc Trestman, but that ship sailed a few days ago when Chicago hired him. Rob Chudzinski would probably be an upgrade over Greg Roman, but his mishandling of Cam Newton in Carolina worries me about him getting the most out of Colin Kaepernick.
Ultimately, I think that Chudzinski gets the job once he is free of the Colts promotion blocking him. Even so, the candidate that intrigues me the most from the set of coaches that are actually available is Lane Kiffin. Sure, having "Mangenius" and the guy that can't safely travel within 100 miles of Tennessee as our coordinators will give twitter hecklers fuel for a while. But I maintain that both failed head coaches are perfectly suited to be coordinators. To the links!
49ers hire experience on coaching staff; Seeking more (Gin)
49ers ranked 23rd in special teams in Seely's final year (Maiocco)
49ers keeping an eye on Chudzinski? (Maiocco)
49ers' Tomsula can lean on staff members' experience (Maiocco)
Reports: 49ers will interview Fewell, could speak with Chudzinski soon (Branch)
Checking in on OC candidates Rob Chudzinski, Lane Kiffin and other options (Inman)