Former San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Bryant Young has found himself a job. He will be joining Dan Quinn’s coaching staff in Atlanta to coach the defensive line, according to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure. Young is replacing Bryan Cox, who was let go along with defensive coordinator Richard Smith. According to McClure, Young spent some time working with Cox and Quinn in 2016.
BY has worked with Quinn in the past. Quinn got his first NFL coaching job with the 49ers, first as a general assistant, and then as defensive line coach in 2003 and 2004. Young played for the 49ers through 2007. After taking some time off following retirement, Young was a grad assistant at Notre Dame in 2009, coached the San Jose State defensive line in 2010, and then coached the Florida defensive line from 2011 to 2013. Quinn was the Gators defensive coordinator at the time.
Young left the Gators in 2013 to spend more time with his family, and particularly his son Colby. Unfortunately, Colby developed brain cancer and passed away this past year at the age of 15.
Young is not the only former 49ers player getting into coaching. Andre Carter was a coaching intern with the 49ers last year, and is now meeting with the Miami Dolphins about their defensive line coaching vacancy, according to Alex Marvez.