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The San Francisco 49ers hire ESPN analyst Brian Griese as their new quarterbacks coach.
A person familiar with the move said Friday that Griese will leave the “Monday Night Football” stand to join coach Kyle Shanahan’s staff. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the hiring.
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ESPN first reported the move.
Griese never held a coaching position, but played 11 seasons in the NFL, including two at Tampa Bay when Shanahan was an assistant there in 2004-05. Griese was drafted by Denver by Shanahan’s father, Mike, and spent his first five seasons with the Broncos.
Griese spent more than a decade after his playing career as a college analyst at ESPN before joining the “Monday Night Football” stand in 2020. Griese was to be replaced in that role by Troy Aikman. The New York Post reported last week that Aikman will sign a five-year contract with ESPN to become the NFL’s senior analyst.
Griese replaces Rich Scangarello, who left the Niners last week to serve as offensive coordinator at Kentucky.
Griese will be counted on to work closely with Trey Lance, who was drafted third overall by San Francisco in 2021. Lance has only started two games as a rookie but is expected to fill that role this season with the starter. Jimmy Garoppolo likely to be traded.
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The 49ers have lost several assistants this offseason with offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel being hired as head coach in Miami and taking receivers coach Wes Welker and tight ends coach Jon Embree with him.
Special teams coordinator Richard Hightower has been hired for the same position in Chicago, and running backs coach Bobby Turner plans to take a year off to deal with medical issues.
The Niners haven’t announced any of their new hires, but are bringing in former Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn as an offensive assistant, among other things.