The 49ers got a late start to the 2017 season because they had to wait for Kyle Shanahan to finish his season with the Atlanta Falcons.
That’s why the Niners’ newest head coach said filling out his staff was his highest priority on Thursday, when he was introduced to the local media.
“Definitely as behind on that as you can be and that’s just the way it is,” Shanahan said. “I wish I could have started earlier, but getting to play in the Super Bowl is a pretty cool thing also.”
As of Friday, the team was still searching for a defensive coordinator, but the NFL Network reported the 49ers interviewed on Thursday Robert Saleh and Jerome Henderson, who could share the position.
Here are the positions the Niners did fill:
Rich Scangarello comes from Wagner College, where he was the offensive coordinator for a season. Before that, he crossed paths with Shanahan in Atlanta, where Scangarello, 44, was a quality control coach. Shanahan was a quarterbacks coach for a season with the Houston Texans in 2007.
Running backs coach
Bobby Turner, 67, joins the team after spending the last two years as the running backs coach of the Falcons. Shanahan said Thursday he was doing everything he could to get Turner to join his new staff in Santa Clara. In 2016, the pair led the Falcons to a top-five finish in most rushing yards per game (120.5). Turner has been in the league for 15 years, making stops in Denver (1995-2009), Washington (2011-14) and Atlanta.
Tight ends coach
Jon Embree will assume this role after spending the last three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he was the tight ends coach. Before that, Embree worked with Shanahan in Washington. Embree played for the Los Angeles Rams in the late 1980s before suffering a career-ending injury while playing for the Seattle Seahawks in 1989.
Offensive assistant coach
T.C. McCartney, 27, worked for the 49ers under Chip Kelly but will be brought back in the same role. McCartney and Shanahan were on the same coaching staff in Cleveland in 2014.
Head strength & conditioning
Ray Wright and Shanahan crossed paths in Washington, where Wright spent four seasons working in the same position for which he was hired with the 49ers. He hasn’t been in the league since 2014.
Nick Kray comes from the collegiate ranks, serving as the assistant director of football operations for North Carolina State. Before spending two seasons there, he worked for Ball State and Yale.