49ers Make Intriguing Coaching Hire
By Larry Rupp
The staff surrounding San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is going to look a lot different in 2022 due to the fact that eight coaches have left the team for other opportunities. One position that has already been filled is quarterbacks coach, but the hire may come as a surprise to some fans.
Brian Griese has taken the job in San Francisco after working as a color analyst on ESPN's Monday Night Football since 2020. The 46-year-old has never coached in the NFL before. He has been working in the broadcast industry since he retired from being an NFL quarterback in 2008, instead.
It's worth mentioning that Griese does have a connection to the 49ers head coach. Shanahan was working as an offensive quality control coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when Griese was on the roster in 2004-05. Overall, Griese played for four different teams across 10 NFL seasons.
Griese picked a crucial time to step in given the question marks surrounding San Francisco's QB situation. 2021 first-round pick Trey Lance is expected to take over the starting gig during the offseason as the team looks to move on from veteran Jimmy Garoppolo via trade.
General manager John Lynch even expressed at the NFL combine that the 49ers are involved in talks, yet he didn't provide any concrete details. For now, Griese will look to fill in the gap left by Rich Scangarello, who recently became the offensive coordinator at Kentucky, in any way he can.
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