49ers add to coaching staff

Posted Jan. 19, 2011 @ 1:05 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The 49ers have added former Panthers TE coach Geep Chryst, former South Florida head coach Jim Leavitt and former Broncos assistant Ed Donatell to their coaching staff.

Chryst, whose exact role with the team has not been announced, has 18 years of experience as an NFL assistant and has been with the Panthers for the past four seasons. He was a quality control coach with the Bears from 1991-95, coaching a team with current 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh on the roster until 1993. Harbaugh finished his NFL career with the Chargers, where Chryst was the QB coach.

Leavitt becomes the new LB coach in San Francisco. He was the first head coach at South Florida before being fired after a school investigation concluded that he grabbed a player by the throat and slapped him in the face.

Donatell will coach the 49ers' secondary. He coached the Broncos' secondary the past two seasons and previously has been a defensive coordinator for the Packers and Falcons.

The way we see it

Assuming Chryst ends up working with the tight ends, he'll have a good one to work with in Vernon Davis. The 49ers utilize their tight ends in the receiving game much more than Carolina, which would give Chryst a chance to have an expanded role.

Leavitt will have the chance to work with one of the league's best linebackers in Patrick Wills, but will have some work to do in developing the team's younger linebackers, such as NaVorro Bowman.