Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer
The 49ers made a change to their coaching staff Tuesday, announcing the hiring of Kris Kocurek as the defensive line coach and the corresponding dismissal of Jeff Zgonina from that spot. Niners coach Kyle Shanahan said the change was spurred by a desire to land Kocurek.
“Kris has become one of the most respected defensive line coaches in the NFL over the last decade and has a proven track record of helping his players maximize their abilities,” Shanahan said. “When he recently became available, we acted aggressively to add him to our staff because his philosophy, and the style of play he coaches, fits our scheme and personnel very well. We're excited to get him in the meeting rooms and onto the field with our players.
“I want to thank Jeff for his hard work and dedication to the 49ers over the last two seasons, as his contributions helped to build the foundation of both our defense and team as a whole. He is not only a good football coach, but also a good man, and we wish him the best personally and professionally.”