49ers news: 5 assistants who could be gone in 2022

Defensive Coordinator DeMeco Ryan of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Defensive Coordinator DeMeco Ryan of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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Adam Peters, San Francisco 49ers
Assistant general manager Adam Peters of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images) /

The 49ers may potentially lose a chunk of their front office and coaching staff this offseason, including these five who may be elsewhere in 2022.

One of the problems with being a good team is other teams are typically attracted to the kind of success said good team is capable of having.

And with the carousel of coaches, general managers and executives always revolving on a year-to-year basis, it’s rare for a coaching staff to have the same kind of continuity over a long period of time.

The San Francisco 49ers have already found this out the hard way, particularly at the conclusion of the 2020 season when former defensive coordinator Robert Saleh left to become the head coach of the New York Jets, taking the Niners’ previous passing game coordinator, Mike LaFleur, with him to become Gang Green’s offensive coordinator.

After San Francisco went 10-7 during the regular season, head coach Kyle Shanahan’s coaching tree is again looking to be shaken up, and there are concerns the 49ers could lose some of their front-office personnel, too.

Here are five assistants, both from the coaching side and within the front office, who could be gone this offseason.

No. 5: 49ers assistant general manager Adam Peters

A year ago, the Niners promoted vice president of player personnel Adam Peters to assistant general manager, directly supporting current general manager John Lynch but leaving the door open for Peters to interview for a promotional position as another team’s GM.

In this round of interviews, Peters seemed to be a hot candidate for the New York Giants’ general manager opening, only to see that position wind up going to Joe Schoen instead.

Peters interviewed there but didn’t get the position. However, there are some other openings remaining that could still lure in someone like Peters to take over, such as the Las Vegas Raiders.

While not as much of a public figure as Lynch, Peters has nevertheless been a vital cog in helping San Francisco land talent like tight end George Kittle, linebacker Fred Warner, linebacker Dre Greenlaw and running back Elijah Mitchell in the middle or late rounds of the NFL Draft.

Should Peters depart this offseason, the 49ers would be losing a key piece to the formula that helped them turn into a playoff team.