S.F. fires trainer af­ter sea­son with 19 play­ers on IR

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - PAGE 2 - By Eric Branch Eric Branch is a San Francisco Chron­i­cle staff writer. Email: [email protected]­i­cle.com Twit­ter: @Eric_Branch

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.

Obit­u­ar­ies:

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.

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