S.F. fires trainer after season with 19 players on IR
There is more fallout after another injury-plagued season: The 49ers have fired head athletic trainer Jeff Ferguson, who had spent the past 13 seasons with the organization.
Last week, the 49ers parted ways with head strength and condition coach Ray Wright, who was hired in 2017.
The 49ers placed 19 players on injured reserve this season, which matched the 10th most in the NFL. In 2017, they placed 22 players on IR, which was the sixth most in the league.
“Following a thorough evaluation, we have determined that now is the right time for a reboot in the structure and protocols of our health and performance areas,” general manager
John Lynch said. “On behalf of our entire team, Kyle and I would like to thank Ferg and Ray for the dedication and passion they brought to the 49ers’ organization.
“We would like to specifically recognize the contributions Ferg has made to the 49ers over the last 13 years, as he was always ready to extend a caring hand to our players, staff and their families. Both he and Ray are tremendous people whom we respect deeply.”
A change in their training staff was foreshadowed the day after the end of a 4-12 season in which two key offensive players, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and running back
Jerick McKinnon, combined to play just three games because of torn ACLs.
On Dec. 31, head coach Kyle Shanahan said the 49ers’ injuries had been “too big of a deal for two years.”
Said Lynch: “We haven’t had a lot of guys available and that’s something we’re looking into hard.”
“We haven’t had a lot of guys available and that’s something we’re looking into hard.”
in the second round to MLS Cup champion Atlanta United.
Rounds three and four of the SuperDraft will be held Monday.
⏩ MLS is renaming its annual Coach of the Year award to honor the late Sigi Schmid, the winningest coach in league history (266 victories). Schmid, who coached the LA Galaxy, Columbus and Seattle, died last month in Los Angeles while awaiting a heart transplant. He was 65.
Golf: Matt Kuchar ran off four birdies in five holes to start his second round at the Sony Open in Honolulu, handled the par-5s at Waialae again and finished with another round of 7-under-par 63 to take a one-shot lead over Andrew Putnam.
Kuchar was at 14-under 126. Putnam, who had a bogey-free 65, was one shot behind.
Chez Reavie (65) and Stewart Cink (62) were four behind.
Rick Forzano, John Lynch, 49ers general manager
The 49ers have not named replacements. Assistant strength and conditioning coaches Dustin Perry and Marquis Johnson remain on staff.
Interview denied: The 49ers denied the Broncos’ request to interview quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello for the offensive-coordinator opening, ESPN reported.
In 2017, Scangarello was instrumental in the 49ers signing quarterback Nick Mullens, then an undrafted rookie from Southern Miss. This season, Mullens made his NFL debut and had the fourth-most passing yards (2,277) in NFL history in his first eight starts.
In 2017, Scangarello was the coach who worked most closely with Garoppolo before he led the 49ers to a 5-0 finish after he was acquired in a trade from the Patriots.
Scangarello first worked with Shanahan in 2015 as an offensive quality-control coach in Atlanta, where Shanahan was the offensive coordinator. Scangarello was the offensive coordinator at Wagner College in 2016.
The 49ers have also reportedly denied the Packers and Cardinals permission to interview run-game coordinator Mike McDaniel for their offensive coordinator openings. who was the head coach of the Detroit Lions during the mid-1970s and hired a young Bill Belichick to work on his staff, has died in Allen Park, Mich. He was 90.
Forzano’s staffs in Detroit included future NFL head coaches Raymond Berry, Joe Bugel, Jerry Glanville and Belichick. ⏩ John Michels, a College Football Hall of Famer whose 27 seasons as a Minnesota Vikings assistant coach included all four of their Super Bowl appearances, has died at 87 in Kingsport, Tenn.
Michels worked on the Vikings’ coaching staff from 1967 through ’93. ⏩ Gus Ganakas, who was the coach of Michigan State’s men’s basketball team from 1969 through ’76 and remained part of the athletic department until his retirement in 2000, has died at 92 in East Lansing. Ganakas also spent over 30 years as a color commentator for Michigan State games.