49ers lose yet another vital assistant to offseason coaching carousel

Anthony Lynn played a key role in making the Niners' rushing attack one of the most potent in the league over the last two years.

San Francisco 49ers assistant head coach Anthony Lynn
San Francisco 49ers assistant head coach Anthony Lynn / Steph Chambers/GettyImages

The 49ers enjoyed having veteran coach Anthony Lynn on their staff the last two years, but he's now off to the Commanders.

The San Francisco 49ers are a good team, as evidenced by having made the Super Bowl last season.

Good teams typically have good players, and those good players are well-coached. And within each coaching staff on a good team, there are coaches who are probably pretty good, too, especially if they're looking to get into a bigger role of some kind.

The Niners have already lost a number of their key personnel this offseason, both from the front office and from head coach Kyle Shanahan's staff. Assistant general manager Adam Peters is gone for a GM role with the Washington Commanders, while passing game coordinator Klint Kubiak departs San Francisco for the New Orleans Saints' offensive coordinator opening.

Now, it's looking as if another notable coach from Shanahan's staff is on his way out, too.

Anthony Lynn leaving 49ers to join Commanders, per report

According to a Wednesday report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, assistant head coach and run game coordinator Anthony Lynn is departing the 49ers and heading to Washington where he'll take over as their run game coordinator under new head coach Dan Quinn:

Quinn will reunite with Peters and help the rebuilding Commanders after assisting with the Niners' run game over the last two years.

In 2023, thanks largely to All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey, San Francisco owned the third-best rushing offense with 2,389 yards on the ground over the course of the season.

Lynn and the Commanders will look to replicate that kind of success in what's turning into a challenging NFC East that boasts two legitimate postseason contenders already in the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles.

For Shanahan, Lynn's departure is alleviated somewhat by the return of longtime running backs coach Bobby Turner, who had a brief stint away from the organization back in 2022 but returned in 2023.

As for Lynn, Shanahan and Co. will wish him the utmost success in his new venture.

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