49ers hire Seely to coach special teams

Niners coach Jim Harbaugh will retain four assistant coaches from the staff of Mike Singletary. Also, Brad Seely will become special teams coach after two seasons with the Browns.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – New San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is keeping four assistant coaches from the staff of coach Mike Singletary, but he's also making a significant addition: Brad Seely, who will coach special teams.

Seely has agreed to join Harbaugh's staff from the Cleveland Browns, where his units ranked among the league's best in returning punts and kickoffs the past two seasons. They also were the NFL's 11th-best in punt coverage this season.

The holdovers from Singletary's staff are Mike Solari, offensive line; Tom Rathman, running backs; Jim Tomsula, defensive line and interim head coach after Singletary was fired, and Ray Brown, assistant offensive line.

Also, Ejiro Evero was named quality control coach.

Solari will work in tandem with newly hired offensive line coach Tim Drevno, Harbaugh said. Brown will coach offensive tackles and tight ends, although offensive coordinator Greg Roman will serve as the lead tight ends coach.

"When you talk tight ends and offensive tackles, that's a large number on a pro football team," Harbaugh said. "In training camp, it's a larger number. You can be dealing with anywhere from 13 to 14 guys. We want to make sure that everyone's getting coached. It's a scorched-earth approach to coaching."

Evero spent three seasons (2007-2009) as the defensive quality control coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Last year, he was the special teams coordinator and safeties coach at the University of Redlands.


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