The San Francisco 49ers special teams were less than stellar in 2015, but that might not cost Thomas McGaughey his job. The 49ers special teams coach in 2015 is in the running for the job in 2016, according to Matt Barrows. McGaughey's assistant, Richard Hightower, is also in the running for a job.
Kelly's special teams coordinator in Philadelphia, Dave Fipp, was a coach a lot of fans were interested in. The Eagles have had solid special teams the last couple years. They ranked No. 10 this season, and No. 1 the year before. Fipp is joining Doug Pederson's staff in Philadelphia.
The 49ers got strong work from Phil Dawson, and Bradley Pinion showed some improvement in the latter half of the season. However, the decision to not give Jarryd Hayne more opportunities as a returner was odd. Obviously there is more to returning than just catching the ball and running. However, once it was clear the season was going down the tubes, it seems like it would have made sense to get Hayne some opportunities as a returner.
It is true that nobody claimed Hayne off waivers or signed him off the practice squad, but given the investment, why not try something? It is entirely possible this does not rest on McGaughey's shoulders. Jim Tomsula was the head coach, but there were all sorts of issues with who was making what decisions with this roster. Hayne has plenty to learn, but hopefully the 49ers can figure out a way to take advantage of his natural talent.