SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers said goodbye to two of their top assistants last week but are keeping two more with a couple of in-house promotions that had been in the works for a while.
With former defensive coordinator Robert Saleh and passing game coordinator Mike LaFleur headed to the New York Jets as head coach and offensive coordinator, respectively, the Niners elevated inside linebackers coach DeMeco Ryans to replace Saleh as defensive coordinator, with run game coordinator Mike McDaniel taking over LaFleur’s duties in a consolidated position as offensive coordinator.
Both moves had been expected since Saleh was announced as Jets head coach last week. In fact, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan hinted strongly that Ryans was his choice for the job at his season wrap-up news conference on Jan. 4.
Absolute BEST in the game!! Nobody gets more out of his players than McDaniel! Most creative run scheme out there! So deserving of this promotion!!
— Kyle Juszczyk (@JuiceCheck44) January 18, 2021
“I think Kyle and Mike McDaniel have just done such a great job of finding the best way to put me out there on the field and put me in situations to succeed,” Juszczyk said on Jan. 4. “So I owe them so much for just the opportunities that they’ve given me the past four years.”