The San Francisco 49ers lost defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator Joe Woods to the Cleveland Browns earlier this year as Woods became the Browns defensive coordinator. I’m still a little concerned about the loss of Woods, as he was responsible for a lot of the philosophy change in the secondary last year.
On Friday morning, the Browns hired Kwesi Adofo-Mensah—who served as the 49ers Director of Football Research and Development the past two seasons and has been with the organization for seven years—as Vice President of Operations. NBC Sports’ Matt Maiocco believes the 49ers aren’t in a rush to fill Adofo-Meensah’s position, and the team will promote from within the organization. Reading a little about Adofo-Mensah’s background, I had a good chuckle when his bio showed he graduated from Stanford. According to his bio, Adofo-Mensah “led the 49ers’ efforts to develop and implement advanced quantitative methods for game strategy and personnel evaluation.’’ Before joining the 49ers, Kwesi traded Energy derivatives as an Executive Director in the Credit Suisse Commodities Proprietary Group before finishing his career as an Associate Portfolio Manager at Taylor Woods Capital Group.
Adofo-Mensah will essentially be the assistant GM in Cleveland. Speaking of, the more success the 49ers continue to have, the tougher it’ll be to retain VP of player personnel Adam Peters. He’ll be a GM for some team within a couple of years.