NFL: San Francisco 49ers' 2011 Coaching Staff Nearly Complete

MJ Kasprzak@BayAreaCheezhedSenior Writer IIJanuary 20, 2011

Geep Chryst has the most NFL experience of Jim Harbaugh's staff
Geep Chryst has the most NFL experience of Jim Harbaugh's staffGetty Images/Getty Images

The San Francisco 49ers coaching staff under Jim Harbaugh for next season is taking shape. After making three coaching hires earlier in the week, the team announced three more moves on Wednesday.

Mark Uyeyama has been promoted to head strength and conditioning coach as the team announced that Duane Carlisle will not return. Uyeyama served in that role at Utah State from 2004-2007 before being hired as an assistant to Carlisle in 2008. There was no announcement as to whether the team would seek a new assistant.

Jim Leavitt was hired as linebackers coach. He was once a promising head coach prospect for a major university or pro team after taking over South Florida's inaugural football program in 1995 and building it into one ranked as high as second in the nation just a couple years later. However, Leavitt was dismissed in 2009 for striking a player, and, if he has put that behaviour behind him, he should be a great addition to the team.

Finally, Geep Chryst, entering his 19th NFL season, will guide whoever the Niners have at quarterback next season (expect a fully new unit.) He was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Harbaugh in the head coach's final two NFL seasons in San Diego and spent 2001-2003 as the Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks coach before being Carolina's tight ends/offensive quality control coach through this past season.

This leaves the Niners with what would appear to be a complete staff of 21 coaches, three trainers, four managers, and four doctors, assuming they keep running backs coach Tom Rathman, defensive line coach Jim Tomsula and offensive line coach Mike Solari as expected.

The status of tight ends coach Pete Hoener is the only one unknown among the coaching staff. Since he has done well in helping develop Vernon Davis, if he shares the vision of the new staff, there is no reason he should not be retained.