Jim Harbaugh is quickly rounding out his roster of coaches. Harbaugh hired Geep Chryst as quarterback’s coach, Ed Donatell as secondary coach, Jim Leavitt as linebackers coach and Brad Seely as the special teams coordinator.
Three of the four coaches have great experience in NFL and at the position they were hired to run. Having a 49er head coach hire experienced coaches that will not only improve the players but will help out Harbaugh is a departure from Mike Singletary.
Chryst has coached 18 seasons in the NFL and knows Harbaugh well. In 1999 and 2000 while Harbaugh was a quarterback with the Chargers Chryst was his quarterbacks coach. Donatell has 10 years of experience in the NFL as a defensive coordinator with the Packers and Falcons and as the Broncos secondary coach the last two seasons. Leavitt is the lone hire without any coaching experience in the NFL however he was the head coach at South Florida for 13 seasons. Seely has 20 years of coaching experience in college and the NFL. He has over 15 years of NFL experience running special teams and most recently was with the Browns the last two seasons and helped develop returner Josh Cribbs.
Over at Niner Insider they are reporting that current defensive line coach Jim Tomsula, running backs coach Tom Rathman and assistant offensive line coach Ray Brown will return to the 49ers coaching staff next season. I think this is a great move by Harbaugh because he is retaining the best coaches left over from Singletary’s staff.
Speaking of Singletary he will be joining the Vikings coaching staff as the linebacker’s coach/assistant head coach. Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier was a teammate with Singletary while they played with the Bears. It is good to see Singletary signing on with another team. I had no doubt he would land with a team as a linebackers coach for next season. This will be good for Singletary as he will gain more experience at coaching and may one day return to the ranks of head coach. I think Singletary is years away from being a head coach again after what happened in San Francisco. If Singletary can climb the coaching ranks to defensive coordinator and excel, teams will give him a second chance.