Tom Rathman Returns to Coach 49ers Running Backs

Tristan TraaenContributor IMay 12, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - 2008:  Tom Rathman of the Oakland Raiders poses for his 2008 NFL headshot at photo day in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Getty Images)

Ecstatic is what I was once the news dropped that Tom Rathman was going to be signed to the 49ers as a Running Back coach.

The infamous No. 44 was nearly inhuman by his on field play and the only way you could tell he was a human was once he took off his helmet to reveal his classic flat top hair cut and eye black.

Tom Rathman is a perfect fit for the smash mouth style of football that Coach Singletary is going to resurrect with the 49ers and what better person to train the Running Backs then one of the most storied fullbacks in the league. 

He has experience of multiple Super Bowls, a phenomenal insight to the game and a resume of personal achievements to back up his words.

His leadership will also be an excellent addition to what the 49ers need to solidify their mantra of "return to glory."  Being a quintessential player for most of the glory years for the 49ers, he knows what it takes to be a champion, especially for the 49ers.

The sense of culture and mindset will be instilled to the current and future backs of the 49ers. Additionally, the return of a power fullback is going to be a welcomed addition to the 49ers game play and will enable them to control the clock and move the ball up the field.

Gore/Coffee/Sheets will most assuredly have the key elements in place to tap into their full potential and exploit the opposing defenses with their own experience melded with Rathman’s knowledge of the game.

To me it is no surprise that why Norris will be wearing the #44 knowing what that number represents.

I can’t wait to see the revival begin!