Well, we certainly have a young coaching staff now. But, we balance that by being inexperienced as well. Our new DC, Robert Saleh, comes from The Jags as their LB coach, and has experience working with Kyle Shanahan at their stop in Texas. Other than that, he was a defensive QC coach at a few stops. Well, they know each other. Which means at least Kyle knows what he’s getting.
How does this bode for the future? Hard to say at this point. The immediate future will likely be determined by the experienced guys they DO have. Like Adam Peters and Martin Mayhew. These guys are going to be the sounding boards for the impending free agency period March 7th and the upcoming draft on April 27th.
The 49ers have ~$100 million in cap space, and 12 draft picks. Not quite the bounty that Jerry Jones scored for for Herschel Walker back in the day, but a substantial canvas with which to rebuild a team. And speaking of Dallas, their GM’s smartest move was to fire himself and hire his son Steve to be the de facto GM. Gone are the stupid drafts and splashy talking points that he seemed to thrive on. Their last draft netted Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot. Not a bad haul among the rest of their acquisitions. They took a flier with Jaylon Smith (hurt in his last college game) and Maliek Collins did well as a rookie DL. Even late CB Anthony Brown played well when pressed into service due to injuries
Point being, the 49ers are going to turn over their roster. How fast remains to be seen. But with this much wiggle room, they can do some serious retooling. As I’ve said, we DO have some pieces. I won’t belabor the needs as they pretty much involve all the skill positions, but suffice it to say, I hope we draft for the offense this year.