Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports


49ers hire Jim O’Neil for defensive coordinator job

Jan 26, 2016 at 2:48 PM--


The San Francisco 49ers have hired Jim O'Neil for their vacant defensive coordinator position. O'Neil, who was the defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns over the past two seasons, will take over the job held by Eric Mangini, who was fired on Friday, January 22. The news was first reported by Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.

The 49ers also hired former Dolphins RBs coach Jeff Nixon to coach tight ends. These moves fill the major pieces of the 49ers coaching staff.

O'Neil was hired by the Browns in January of 2014 and then let go earlier this month. His NFL coaching experience includes stops with the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills.

Other candidates for the job included 49ers linebackers coach Jason Tarver, who will remain as the team's outside linebackers coach, and Baltimore Ravens linebackers coach Don Martindale. Texans linebackers coach Mike Vrabel had been offered the job, but turned down the 49ers to remain in Houston. Even Mangini was considered a strong candidate prior to his firing.


From the official Cleveland Browns website:

In his first season as defensive coordinator, O'Neil's unit made significant increases in nearly every major defensive statistic, including red zone defense (29th in 2013 to fifth in 2014), third down defense (31st to 11th), points per game (23rd to ninth) and quarterback rating (16th to first). The team led the NFL in opponent completion percentage (57.1), opponent passer rating (74.1) and passes defensed (99). The Browns finished second in the league with 21 interceptions, the team's highest total since 2008, while also finishing tied for fourth in takeaways (29). Cleveland's defense also finished in the top-10 in the league in pass defense (fifth with 6.44 yards per attempt) and total defense (ninth with an average of 5.24 yards per play).

Browns Defensive Stats per Game (Rank)
Year Scoring Total Yards Passing Rushing
2014 21.1 (9th) 366.1 (23rd) 366.1 (23rd) 141.6 (32nd)
2015 27.0 (29th) 379.2 (27th) 250.8 (22nd) 128.4 (30th)


Related News







More San Francisco 49ers News



Jeremiah doesn't see the 49ers drafting Mac Jones as an 'arrogant' move

By David Bonilla
Apr 22, 2021

Former NFL scout John Middlekauff recently described the possibility of the San Francisco 49ers making Mac Jones of Alabama the No. 3 overall pick as "arrogant." Jones appears to fit the mold of what head coach Kyle Shanahan has sought in the past — a smart and accurate passer who can manage his offense well, à la Kirk Cousins, Matt Ryan, and Jimmy Garoppolo. It's hard for many fans to look past the possibility of passing on Justin Fields of Ohio State or Trey Lance of North Dakota State, though. Many among the media feel the two are better long-term prospects, too. Both are seen as more athletic prospects with potentially higher upsides. Not only could they turn out to be great in the pocket, but their athleticism could provide Shanahan with an added dimension



Analyst on 49ers' draft options: 'John Lynch wants Trey Lance'

By David Bonilla
Apr 22, 2021

Analyst and writer Michael Detillier, who contributes to several media outlets, joined the BetQL Daily podcast on Thursday and discussed the San Francisco 49ers' upcoming quarterback decision in next week's draft. Detillier recalls the day the team moved up nine spots from No. 12 overall to get into a position to acquire one of the top young talents. He was getting ready to publish his mock draft and needed to make some changes as it was headed to print due to the trade. While the national narrative quickly linked Mac Jones of Alabama to the 49ers, Detillier heard that general manager John Lynch had his sights set on a different prospect. Whether or not head coach Kyle Shanahan felt the same way is unknown. "When I went to print was the day of the



Kyle Pitts initially thought the 49ers might have traded up for him

By David Bonilla
Apr 22, 2021

The San Francisco 49ers shocked the NFL world on March 26 when they traded a haul of draft picks to move up to the No. 3 overall pick in this year's draft. It got everyone talking and speculating. Former BYU quarterback Zach Wilson was going through his pro day when the news broke. General manager John Lynch was in attendance, and the story seemed to overshadow the workout of the player widely expected to go No. 2 overall. While everyone immediately assumed the 49ers' blockbuster move was for their quarterback of the future, which was confirmed by Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan three days later, one confident top prospect wasn't so sure. ESPN's Jeremy Fowler



Pelissero: Mac Jones a good draft fit for 49ers but keep an eye on Trey Lance

By David Bonilla
Apr 22, 2021

NFL insiders Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport joined NFL Network on Thursday and discussed the looming quarterback question that the San Francisco 49ers have to answer next week during the draft. Will it be Mac Jones of Alabama, as many are predicting? Or will the team ruin everyone's mock drafts and take Justin Fields of Ohio State or Trey Lance of North Dakota State? While Jones is viewed as more pro-ready right now, Fields and Lance are viewed as more athletic and having higher ceilings. "But what Mac Jones brings to the table are two characteristics that Kyle Shanahan really highly values," Pelissero explained. "He is a quick


Featured

Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone