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DL coach Jerry Azzinaro a likely candidate to join Chip Kelly coaching staff

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The San Francisco 49ers will not have defensive line coach Jim Tomsula on the coaching staff for the first time in a long time. We look at his likely replacement on Chip Kelly's coaching staff.

The San Francisco 49ers will see a lot of turnover on their coaching staff in 2016, and it is safe to say Chip Kelly will be looking to bring in some of "his guys" to begin the work in Santa Clara. One coach that is a virtual certainty to join Kelly is Jerry Azzinaro. Matt Maiocco pointed out that Azzinaro has been on Kelly's staff dating back to their time together at Oregon. Azzinaro has served as his defensive line coach during that stretch.

Azzinaro also had an assistant head coach title during his time in Philadelphia. I've never fully grasped the "assistant head coach" title, but I suppose he can keep an eye on things when Kelly is busy elsewhere. Kelly is currently working on developing his coaching staff. If it's like every other staff search, the 49ers will email out a press release once the entire group is assembled.

Here is a look at Azzinaro's coaching career, as well as some links with details about a guy the Eagles media guide referred to as his "coaching confidant":

Jerry Azzinaro media guide bio
The teachings of Professor Azzinaro
Jerry Azzinato key in Eagles' d-line resurgence

2013-present: Philadelphia Eagles, Assistant head coach/Defensive line coach
2009-2012: Oregon, Defensive line coach
2008: Marshall, Defensive line coach
2007: New Hampshire, Defensive line coach
2004-2006: Duke, Defensive coordinator
1999-2003: Syracuse, Defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator
1998: Maine, Defensive line coach
1997: Massachusetts, Defensive coordinator
1995-1996: Boston College, Defensive line coach
1994: Massachusetts, Defensive coordinator
1992-1993: Massachusetts, Linebackers coach/recruiting coordinator
1987-1991: American International College, Defensive coordinator
1986: Western New England, Head coach
1985: Westfield State, Linebackers coach/running backs coach
1982: American International College, Graduate assistant