More QB emphasis on coaching staff

The 49ers have added another up-and-comer to their coaching staff to work with the team's quarterbacks.

The Niners named Jim Hostler as the their new quarterbacks coach Monday, bringing in a young coach who played a key role in developing the successful passing games of the New Orleans Saints and New York Jets over the past four years.

Hostler worked as an offensive assistant for two seasons in New Orleans under offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy, who last week signed a three-year contract to handle that role with the 49ers. Hostler then took over as New York's quarterbacks coach in 2003. He was New York's wide receivers coach last season, when the Jets did not have a quarterbacks coach on their staff.

Bringing in Hostler is another example of the emphasis the 49ers are placing on the quarterback position as new head coach Mike Nolan builds his first coaching staff with the team. McCarthy also has been heavily involved in the instruction and tutelage of quarterbacks during his career.

"It's an honor to be a part of the great history and the offensive tradition of the San Francisco 49ers," Hostler said in a statement released by the team. "It is a great opportunity to work with two coaches who are as well respected as Mike Nolan and Mike McCarthy."

Hostler, who helped develop Aaron Brooks in New Orleans and Chad Pennington in New York, will have hands-on responsibility in working with a relatively young and inexperienced San Francisco quarterbacks corps that currently includes seventh-round draft picks Tim Rattay, Ken Dorsey and Cody Pickett.

It's possible the 49ers will add to that group with a first-day selection in the April college draft, perhaps even using the No. 1 overall pick to take one of the top prospects available.

Hostler, who broke into NFL coaching as an offensive assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2000, also has experience as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he starred during his playing days as a two-time all-conference cornerback.


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