The San Francisco 49ers continue to revamp the current coaching staff as they named Ted Tollner as the team’s quarterbacks coach; Tollner last coached in 2005 with the Detroit Lions under then-head coach Steve Mariucci, serving 11 weeks in that capacity until Mariucci was dismissed as head coach. Tollner finished up that season as the team’s tight ends coach; before his tenure with the Lions, Tollner was with the 49ers from 2002-05 as quarterbacks coach for 2 seasons before being promoted to offensive coordinator.
Tollner began his NFL career as a wide receivers assistant with the Buffalo Bills in 1987; he moved on to the San Diego Chargers, where he was offensive coordinator, a year later, serving in that position through 1991. He was then the quarterbacks coach with the then-Los Angeles Rams from 1992-93.
Tollner’s appointment is key because he will work extensively with current starting quarterback Alex Smith; Tollner was initially brought aboard the 49ers by current head coach Mike Nolan in a consulting role at midseason in 2007 to help then-offensive coordinator Jim Hostler, who was fired at the end of the year. After the season, Nolan said that Tollner would remain with the Niners full-time, with his responsibilities to be determined at a later date.