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49ers to hire Miles Austin as offensive quality control coach

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers are adding another assistant to Kyle Shanahan’s coaching staff. The team is expected to hire former NFL wide receiver Miles Austin to serve as offensive quality control coach, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. He is replacing T.C. McCartney, according to Matt Maiocco. McCartney departed for the Denver Broncos to serve as quarterbacks coach under new offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello.

Austin retired from the NFL following the 2015 season. He spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons working in the Dallas Cowboys’ scouting department. He interviewed for their vacant wide receivers coach position last year, but did not get it. He spent 2018 in New Jersey working on finishing his degree at Monmouth University.

Austin has a connection to Shanahan. Austin spent the 2014 season with the Cleveland Browns, the same year Shanahan was offensive coordinator. Shanahan departed for the Atlanta Falcons the next season while Austin joined the Philadelphia Eagles for his final season.

The quality control coach is effectively an entry-level job. If you haven’t read it yet, there is a great New York Times article that breaks down what a QC coach does.