One of the most interesting things about this team is the divide between defense and offense, how new players continually develop on defense and they have a nice pipeline going, especially on the DL meanwhile on offense its a barren wasteland it seems. So I took a longer look at the coaching staff and this further seems to illuminate why the defensive players seem to be sharp, play with precision and why the offense at times is such a boondoggle.
Defensive Coordinator-Vic Fangio
Began coaching in 1984. Joined the Saints in 1986 and remained as linebackers coach for 8 years. He was a defensive coordinator twice in the NFL prior to joining the 49ers, as well as a special assistant to the head coach in Baltimore.
Secondary Coach-Ed Donatell
First coaching gig was in 1975, largely a secondary/defensive backs coach throughout his entire coaching career. He was defensive coordinator twice in the NFL, with the Packers and the Falcons. He was the secondary coach for Denver during their Superbowl winning years.
Assistant Secondary Coach-Greg Jackson
Played safety at LSU for four years, as well as for a variety of teams in the NFL. His NFL playing career lasted 11 years. His first coaching gig was in 2000. Since then he has worked as a defensive backs and linebackers coach for a variety of college programs.
Defensive Line Coach-Jim Tomsula(Already on Staff Pre-2011)
Played on the DL at Catawba College for 4 years. Begin coaching in 1992. Was a college assistant coach and a long-time DL coach in NFL Europe. Eventually was promoted to head coach, shortly after he joined the 49ers as DL coach and has been in that position since 2007.
Linebackers Coach-Jim Leavitt
Played quarterback for 4 years in college at Missouri. Has been coaching defense since 1980, primarily as a linebackers coach, defensive coordinator and as a head coach for 12 years for South Florida.
Offensive Coordinator-Greg Roman
Played on the DL at John Carroll for 4 years. First coaching gig was as a defensive quality control coach with Carolina in 1995. Was mostly an offensive line coach throughout his time in the NFL and a running game coordinator at Stanford with Jim Harbaugh before joining the 49ers.
Quarterbacks Coach-Geep Chryst
Played LB for 4 years at Princeton. Received first coaching job in 1987 at Wisconsin-Platteville. Worked primarily as a tight ends and quarterbacks coach in the NFL, was an offensive coordinator once with the San Diego Chargers while Jim Harbaugh was on the roster.
Running Back Coach-Tom Rathman(Already on Staff Pre-2011)
Played fullback for Nebraska and fullback for the 49ers for 7 years. First started coaching in 1996, was hired as RB's coach of the 49ers in 1997. Has been a RB's coach ever since in the NFL with a variety of teams, including coming back to the 49ers.
Wide Receivers Coach-John Morton
Played wide receiver at two different colleges, including Western Michigan. Played wide receiver in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers and Raiders, also played in the CFL. First coaching gig was in 1998 as an offensive quality control coach with the Oakland Raiders. Was a wide receivers and tight-ends coach with the Raiders and a wide receivers coach at San Diego State and USC. Was on the coaching staff with Harbaugh in Oakland and at San Diego State.
Assistant Wide Receivers Coach-Ronald Curry
Played receiver at North Carolina for 4 years. Played for the Raiders, Lions and Rams in the NFL. He was a wide receiver for Oakland during Morton's tenure as wide receivers coach there along with Harbaugh's time as offensive quality control coach. Has no previous coaching experience.
Tight Ends Coach-Reggie Davis.
Was a tight end in college for years at the University of Washington. Played TE with the Chargers for one year, at the same as Harbaugh and Chryst were there. Has primarily been a RB's coach in college. First started coaching in 2004.
Offensive Line Coach-Mike Solari
Played offensive line for San Diego State for 4 years. Began coaching in 1975. Has been primarily an offensive line and tights end coach throughout his coaching career. Served as 49ers TE coach from 1992 to 1996. Was an offensive coordinator once with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Just looking at the differences between defense and offense and if you take away Solari, the defensive coaches are far more experience, not only that they, they are generally coaching positions that they have played themselves or positions that they have a decade of more or coaching. On offense you see more guys that Harbaugh is quite familiar with and has a history with, either as a player, as a coach or both.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Feb 6, 2014 at 11:38 AM ]