Sakamoto: 49ers’ Hire New Offensive Coordinator, Offensive Line Coach, and Special Teams Coordinator

According to Alex Marvez of Fox Sports, the San Francisco 49ers have hired former New York Giants OLC Pat Flaherty to the same position. Flaherty, who will now take over for OLC Chris Foerster who was not retained under Chip Kelly, will now have the tough task of turning around a unit that was once considered a strength of the team.

The 49ers who hold the No. 7 pick in this upcoming NFL Draft, may elect to address the offensive line if the opportunity presents itself. Flaherty, has been here before. He worked with first-round pick RT Justin Pugh in 2013, Weston Richburg in 2014 and T Ereck Flowers last year.

“The biggest thing is how much time can you spend with them and keep giving them information,” Flaherty said. And that’s exactly what he will need to do in San Francisco as a new scheme will be in place under HC Chip Kelly.

In other news, a league source confirmed that STC Derius Swinton will become the new special-teams coach of the 49ers, making STC Thomas McGaughey expendable. Swinton, helped revive a struggling Chicago Bears special-teams unit into one of the better ones in the NFL and that’s exactly what will be needed in San Francisco.

And then there’s former Detroit Lions RBC Curtis Modkins who will now be the man in charge of turning around a stagnant offense. Modkins, who is a Chan Gailey disciple followed Gailey from the college ranks to the NFL while serving mainly as the running back coach and/or defensive backs coach with the Dallas Cowboys, Georgia Tech Yellow jackets, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, and most recently the Lions.

However, don’t expect Modkins to have final say of the play call as that assignment will be Kelly’s alone. So why not just promote RBC Tom Rathman to that position? Who knows, he will just have to wait and see how this all plays out as more hirings on their way.

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