VIDEO: 49ers OC Curtis Modkins is All About Versatility


Today, OC Curtis Modkins met the 49ers beat writers for the very first time since being named the new San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator. One thing he had expressed multiple times is about being versatile. If you’re a young player trying to get some playing time in a Modkins and HC Chip Kelly ran offense, it seems like versatility is the key.

This is Modkins second crack in the NFL as an offensive coordinator, and just like the first go around he will not be calling the plays. Modkins had stated he expects to be up in the box, because he can see things better from an aerial view, and he can inform Kelly what he’s seeing that the 49ers could take advantage of.

One thing that Modkins tried to stay away from was commenting on the status of QB Colin Kaepernick. The only meaningful comment he made regarding Kaepernick’s situation is “He’s around us, he’s in the meetings, he’s doing a great job. Whenever he’s healthy, hell be out there.” It seems the 49ers have not set a timetable for Kaepernick’s return, as they would rather wait till the quarterback is fully healthy.

However, Modkins didn’t shy away from talking about the other QB Blaine Gabbert, as he raved about Gabbert’s athleticism. He jokingly said last season when he was with the Detroit Lions organization that he didn’t remember Gabbert being fast after scouting him back in 2011 with the Buffalo Bills.

As a Niner fan, I got really excited to hear there will be competition for the right tackle position. The competition will include last year’s starter RT Eric Pears and second-year man RT Trent Brown. You may ask yourself, why get excited about a right tackle competition? Well, last season Pears was rated No. 42 of 57 tackles, and gave up four sacks and an average of two quarterback hurries per game.

Brown on the other hand showed plenty of promise at the end of year. Plus who doesn’t like seeing a guy that’s 6-8 355 protecting their quarterback? Hopefully the competition makes each player better, and the 49ers get more production out of the right tackle position.

Modkins has been a running backs coach in the NFL for eight seasons, so what’s going on with the backup running back situation behind RB Carlos Hyde?

There’s two guys that stuck out when he mentions them. First, RB Shaun Draughn.

Shaun can do everything good. He gives versatility, gives you ability to create match-up problems, I’m excited about it,” Modkins said. He even went on to compare Draughn to Lions RB Theo Reddick.

Second, was rookie RB Kelvin Taylor:

“He’s doing a good job, improving, can see things slowing down a bit for him,” Modkins said. While Modkins also mentioned RB DuJuan Harris saying he “brings some juice, he stops starts, explosion type stuff.”

It was only an 11 minute press conference, but definitely a very informational one. From finding out that Kelly will be calling the plays, Kaepernick’s unforeseen timetable for return, competition at right tackle, and that Draughn appears to have the early nod for being the 49ers number two running back.

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