Report: 49ers hire former defensive coordinator as assistant

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.

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