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Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of San Francisco 49ers links from the Internet

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The 49ers made their 1st move in the offseason on Monday. They hired Ken Norton Jr as their assistant head coach and inside linebackers coach. Ken, who was the Oakland Raiders’ defensive coordinator, was fired by the Raiders during the season. Their defense ranked #26 in the league at the time. Before that, Ken enjoyed success with the Seattle Seahawks as their linebackers coach. He was on the Seahawks staff with the 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

Ken is a 4 time Super Bowl champion, 3 as a player and one as a coach. One of his Super Bowls came as a 49er when they won in 1994. He played with the team for 7 seasons as a linebacker. He won 3 straight Super Bowls when he won in 1992-1993 with the Dallas Cowboys before coming to San Francisco and winning the 1994 title. With this hire, linebackers coach Johnny Holland is now the run specialist and outside linebackers coach.

The biggest beneficiary of Ken’s coaching could be Reuben Foster. Reuben had a great rookie season and will look to make the jump to the elites at inside linebackers. Ken could help Reuben take that next step up. And with Malcolm Smith returning next season, Ken has a linebacker he’s worked with before and could help him teach Foster.

49ers Links

Would be an excellent watch | Hard Knocks (Wagoner)

He’s in a prime spot as far as salary cap and having his franchise quarterback goes | Good spot for Lynch (Williams)

National Championship prospects (Barrows)

Mock draft (Fann)

The 49ers could make a run up to the top of the division | The race for the NFC West (Biderman)

Returners (Biderman)

Early Super Bowl odds (Biderman)

Reunited | Back with the 49ers (Alper)

Can he help Reuben take the next step up? | Ken Norton Jr hired (49ers staff)

Hired as assistant head coach (Maiocco)

Good for Marquise | Goodwin’s catch nominated for play of the year (Martin)

Adding a piece to the coaching staff (Barrows)

New inside linebackers/assistant head coach (Biderman)

Ken Norton Jr to help Foster (Inman)

1st move of the offseason (Wagoner)

Saleh and Norton Jr reunited (Cohn)