Report: 49ers hire ex-defensive coordinator as assistant; Buckner to Pro Bowl

The 49ers have hired former Broncos defensive coordinator Joe Woods to serve as their defensive passing-game coordinator, the NFL Network reported.

The newly created title comes after secondary coach Jeff Hafley left to become the co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State. Prior to serving as Denver’s defensive coordinator the past two seasons, Woods, 48, was the Broncos defensive backs coach from 2015-16.

He’s also coached defensive backs with the Raiders (2014), Vikings (2006-2013) and Buccaneers (2004-2005). Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan was a low-level offensive assiatnt during Woods’ two seasons in Tampa Bay.

Woods will help oversee a secondary that includes a host of recent draft picks who will be vying for starting jobs. That group includes Ahkello Witherspoon, 23, Tarvarius Moore, 22, D.J. Reed, 22, and Adrian Colbert, 25.

Buckner to Pro Bowl: Defensive tackle DeForest Buckner will attend the Pro Bowl as an alternate after he had a career-best 12 sacks.

Buckner will replace Philadelphia’s Fletcher Cox, who was injured in the Eagles’ divisional-playoff loss to the Saints on Sunday.

Buckner’s sack total was the most by a member of the 49ers since Aldon Smith had 19.5 in 2012. Buckner will be joined at the Pro Bowl, which will be Jan. 27 in Orlando, by 49ers tight end George Kittle and fullback Kyle Juszczyk.

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