One of the more underrated moves by the 49ers this offseason is the addition of Wes Welker as the receivers coach. The undrafted 12-year veteran receiver was known for his physical brand of play, fearlessly amassing over 16,000 all-purpose yards, earning a trip to 5 Pro Bowls and being selected to 4 1st/2nd team All-Pros along the way. There really is no doubting the experience he brings to the table as a former receiver, but time will tell how well that translates to coaching. Here’s what Kyle Shanahan said at the combine after the hire (courtesy of insidethe49.com)
Well, I always try to get someone in who has played the position, which is sometimes tough to do. But, if you can find someone who did it and you feel they’re prepared from a coaching standpoint, it’s kind of the best of both worlds. Wes, I’ve known just hanging out with him, meeting him over the years. I’ve never worked with him or anything, but he was one of my favorite players of all time just watching him from afar and what he did. I used to play against him in college when he was at [Texas] Tech and just watching how he made it and the way he made it. That’s a guy who not only was really talented, but made it because of what was upstairs, also, and how he developed. Knowing he’s put in the work and put two hard years in at Houston, going the quality control route, and just talking to him and interviewing him you can tell he was serious about becoming a coach and was ready to put in the work, put in the hours. He’s a talented guy and a good person. I feel fortunate to have him on the staff.
Shanahan has made it a point to add physicality to our offense this offseason and the hope has got to be that Welker is able to instill that tough guy mindset into a young receiving corps.
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