There is more fallout after another injury-plagued season: The 49ers have fired head athletic trainer Jeff Ferguson, who had spent the past 13 seasons with the organization.
Last week, the 49ers parted ways with head strength and condition coach Ray Wright, who was hired in 2017.
The 49ers placed 19 players on injured reserve this season, which matched the 10th most in the NFL. In 2017, they placed 22 players on IR, which was the sixth most in the league.
“Following a thorough evaluation, we have determined that now is the right time for a reboot in the structure and protocols of our health and performance areas,” general manager John Lynch said. “On behalf of our entire team, Kyle and I would like to thank Ferg and Ray for the dedication and passion they brought to the 49ers’ organization.
“We would like to specifically recognize the contributions Ferg has made to the 49ers over the last 13 years, as he was always ready to extend a caring hand to our players, staff and their families. Both he and Ray are tremendous people whom we respect deeply.”
A change in their training staff was foreshadowed the day after the end a 4-12 season in which two key offensive players, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and running back Jerick McKinnon, combined to play just three games because of torn ACLs.
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On Dec. 31, head coach Kyle Shanahan said the 49ers’ injuries had been “too big of a deal for two years.”
Said Lynch: “We haven’t had a lot of guys available and that’s something we’re looking into hard.”
The 49ers have not named replacements. Assistant strength and conditioning coaches Dustin Perry and Marquis Johnson remain on staff.
Interview denied: The 49ers denied the Broncos’ request to interview quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello for the offensive coordinator opening, ESPN reported.
In 2017, Scangarello was instrumental in the 49ers signing quarterback Nick Mullens, then an undrafted rookie from Southern Miss. This season, Mullens made his NFL debut and had the fourth-most passing yards (2,277) in NFL history in his first eight starts.
In 2017, Scangarello was the coach who worked most closely with Garoppolo before he led the 49ers to a 5-0 finish after he was acquired in a trade from the Patriots.
Scangarello first worked with Shanahan in 2015 as an offensive quality-control coach in Atlanta, where Shanahan was the offensive coordinator. Scangarello was the offensive coordinator at Wagner College in 2016.
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