49ers give fresh start to Chris Foerster, longtime offensive line coach


Chris Foerster, the offensive line coach who resigned from his position with the Miami Dolphins in 2017 when a video surfaced of him snorting a white substance in his office, continues to rebuild his career with the 49ers.

The 49ers promoted Foerster, 58, to a full-time position on the coaching staff, Jennifer Lee Chan reported on Wednesday. The 49ers confirmed Foerster’s new role as assistant offensive line coach.

Foerster enters his 27th season on an NFL coaching staff.

Coach Kyle Shanahan, who coached with Foerster for four seasons in Washington, was responsible for giving Foerster a second chance and a fresh start.

Foerster joined the 49ers in 2018 as a consultant. He will continue to work alongside offensive line coach John Benton.

“It was important to me because I knew him before he went through some tough times,” Shanahan said of Foerster at the Super Bowl. “I knew the man he was. I spent four years with him before he had gone through some of this, before he started this problem.

“I kept in touch with him through it all. I knew after it happened, what it did to him, what it did to his family. I know what he’s been through to try to get right. I don’t think that takes anything back that he has done. But I know the person he was before I know the person he’s trying to become. He’s a very good coach. I think he is really trying to make it right. I felt proud to give him another chance, because I think he’s done the right things. I know he’s doing everything he can to continue to prove himself.”

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Foerster recorded a video of him taking the substance in his office during the 2017 season. He sent the video to an adult entertainer, who shared the video on social media.

Foerster checked himself into a rehabilitation program the same day he resigned. Foerster previously told the NFL Network his alcohol abuse dated back 30 years.

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He regularly attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to rebuild his life while quietly working the past two seasons as a consultant with the 49ers, focused primarily on writing scouting reports, Chan reported. 

In another coaching move, former NFL wide receiver Miles Austin is no longer on the 49ers’ staff. He left his position as quality control coach after one season.

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