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Tollner Hired As 49ers’ Quarterback Coach

                                  San Francisco 49ers quarterback coach Ted Tollner 

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.

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