NFL: San Francisco 49ers Finalize 2011 Coaching Staff

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NFL: San Francisco 49ers Finalize 2011 Coaching Staff
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Tom Rathman was among a handful of coaches retained from the 2010 staff

The San Francisco 49ers coaching staff has now been completed.

Jim Harbaugh's first coaching hires were taken from his Stanford staff. The next coaches he hired came from around the league.

Now he has taken them from the previous staff of the team he has taken over. Running backs coach Tom Rathman, defensive line and one-game interim head coach Jim Tomsula, and offensive line coach Mike Solari were all retained in their former roles.

Rathman, aside from being a key part of the Niners' Super Bowl teams in the '80s, has done a good job working with Frank Gore and Anthony Dixon. Tomsula was popular with the players and had them ready for the last game. Having continuity with a young line makes Solari staying on worthwhile, and the players are developing well from a line that gave up the most sacks in the league two years ago.

The Niners also announced the hiring of Ejiro Eviro as quality control coach. Eviro spent three seasons in Tampa Bay (2007-2009) as defensive quality control coach, and was special teams/safety coach at the University of Redlands last season. He also has Northern California ties, having played safety at University of California-Davis and being signed by the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent.

Finally, John Morton was named wide receivers coach earlier in the week. He has served in the same role for the last four years at the University of Southern California and worked for the Raiders and New Orleans Saints in various capacities at various times, including the personnel department and the following coach's roles: wide receivers, tight ends, offensive quality control, passing game coordinator/offensive assistant and senior offensive assistant.

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