When Rich Scangarello left the 49ers for Denver to take over the OC position it was of a concern. Many believe that Scangarello who was the 49ers quarterbacks coach was a big reason for making Nick Mullens the competitor he is.
Few of us cried with the exit of Jeff Hafley the 49ers former defensive backs coach of whom has since been replaced by Joe Woods. He has come over from the Broncos coaching staff due to new head coach Vic Fangio replacing certain coaches that he’ll feel more comfortable with for his defense.
49ers fans can look for a different looking defensive line this season with both defensive line coach Kris Koucurek and pass rush specialist Chris Kiffin sharing the defensive line duties. If there is one thing that Niners fans have grown weary of is the inconsistent and anemic pass rush that has plagued the 49ers for years. Some added player personnel would be of a huge help as well during this offseason, but added maturity in the system in combination with new coaching direction will most likely change the complexion of the 49ers front line rush.
It’s just fundamental football. If the front line defense is effective, the secondary should benefit. You combine that fact with the changes new coach Joe Woods brings we could see a positive difference. Again added personnel to compete with the current group of the 49ers secondary could make a clear difference.
What is really fascinating is the offensive coaching changes regarding the receiving core. What was somewhat of a surprise move was the addition of Wes Welker taking over for former wide receivers coach Mike Lafleur who has been reported to be moving up in status with the 49ers organization. Most Niners fans are excited about that move because of Welker’s legendary playing days. Welker’s hiring is expected to especially elevate Trent Taylor and Richie James skills. No doubt the entire receiver group should gain from Welker’s tutoring.
Also the hiring of ex wide receiver Miles Austin to the "offensive quality control" position is interesting.
It has been suggested that with the 49ers vigorously adding to their receivers coaching staff that they are fully committed towards developing their young wide receivers. That could disappoint fans who were expecting the 49ers to make a push for Antonio Brown.
However we won’t know what the 49ers are thinking in regards to Antonio Brown due to the legality of even mentioning his name at this particular time. As soon as it becomes legal to do so, which is coming up in just a few weeks as the combine will be the place where trade conversations are the norm. The Combine will start on Feb 26, and run through March 4.
It’s possible that with another added year of maturity to a young group and the change in coaching may make the 49ers unrecognizable from the 2017 and 2018 season.