Tollner takes over as QB coach

Niners coach Steve Mariucci said on Monday he probably had 50 names cross his desk regarding the recent opening on his staff for a quarterbacks coach. He hardly needed to sift through all those candidates.

Ted Tollner was his man.

"Ted's a real good fit," Mariucci said from the NFL meetings in Orlando, Fla. "He was the only guy interviewed."

Tollner, the venerable coaching veteran, signed a two-year contract with the Niners on Monday as quarterbacks coach to replace Greg Olson, who resigned the position March 11 after one year with the team. Tollner visited last week with team officials at 49ers headquarters in Santa Clara and, while team officials spoke with other candidates on the telephone, Tollner was an obvious choice and the only one brought in for a visit.

"There was an overwhelming support for Ted," Mariucci said. "We know what we're getting. Many of us are familiar with him. He was a heck of a head coach, but he's also a terrific quarterbacks coach. He's going to be a fantastic resource."

Tollner, who will be 62 in May, has 30 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and professional levels. He recently completed an eight-year stint as head coach at San Diego State and also was head coach at USC from 1983-86. His professional experience includes three seasons as offensive coordinator with the San Diego Chargers and two years as quarterbacks coach with the then-Los Angeles Rams. Mariucci and Niners offensive line coach Pat Morris were assistants on Tollner's 1986 USC staff.

"I'm fortunate to get back in the NFL with good people and a good organization," Tollner said. "This is a great opportunity for me, and I'm going to get in there and work (my) tail off to help this team win games. I can bring some things to the table that helps this program."

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