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Report: 49ers could add Darryl Tapp as assistant DL coach

The 36-year-old has plenty of ties to San Francisco

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ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported that the 49ers are discussing with Virginia Tech co-defensive line coach Darryl Tapp to be the 49ers' assistant defensive line coach.

Tapp played in the NFL from 2006-2017 after he was selected in the second round by the Seahawks. Tapp played with 49ers DC DeMeco Ryans in 2012 when the two were in Philadelphia. Tapp also spent a season in Washington when Kyle Shanahan was the offensive coordinator.

Tapp also played two seasons under current defensive line coach Kris Kocurek in Detroit. His ties to the current 49ers coaching staff are plentiful. A friend that has been covering the Lions told me this about Tapp:

“Darryl Tapp is the loudest person ever. Tons of energy. If you went to Lions training camp when he was here you could hear him above everything else over two fields away. You could sometimes hear him yelling from the sideline on the broadcast too.”

If that’s true, Tapp would fit right in with Kocurek, who is the most energetic person at 49ers practice.

I’m all for adding former players to the staff, especially if they have the impact that Ryans did. Players tend to buy in more when the coach is a former player who had success and a lengthy playing career.