The 49ers sure have some sought-after offensive assistants for a 4-12 team.
On Wednesday, 49ers quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello was named the Broncos offensive coordinator despite having just two seasons of NFL experience as a position coach.
However, Scangarello, 46, spent the past two seasons coaching QBs with head coach Kyle Shanahan, whose is the type of young, offensive-minded head coach currently en vogue in the league. The 49ers have denied permission for multiple teams to interview 49ers offensive assistants Mike McDaniel and Mike LaFleur for coordinator positions this offseason.
In 2018, the 49ers three starting quarterbacks – Jimmy Garoppolo, C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens – combined to throw for 4,247 yards and 26 touchdowns. It was the 49ers’ most passing yards since 2000 and their most TDs since 2001.
Last year, Scangarello pushed for the 49ers to sign Mullens, an undrafted free agent who averaged 284.6 passing yards in eight starts in 2018 after starting the season on the practice squad.
“We’re getting an experienced coach who was a trusted and valued assistant with Kyle Shanahan for three seasons,” Broncos head coach Fangio said. “… With his background and knowledge, it’s the perfect time for Rich to be an offensive coordinator in the NFL.”
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The 49ers reportedly initially denied permission for the Broncos to interview Scangarello. However, 49ers general manager John Lynch and Broncos GM John Elway are close friends.
In 2017, just after Lynch was hired, Elway allowed Denver executive Adam Peters to get out of his contract to become the 49ers vice president of player personnel.
With the addition of Scangarello , the Broncos staff now includes five coaches who spent time with the 49ers: Fangio, defensive coordinator Ed Donatell, running backs coach Curtis Modkins and tight ends coach Geep Chryst.
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