Source: 49ers hire ESPN analyst Griese as quarterbacks coach


The 49ers made a key personnel move on Friday by hiring a new quarterbacks coach. 

NBC Sports Bay Area's Jennifer Lee Chan confirmed through a team source that San Francisco is hiring the “Monday Night Football” analyst Brian Griese as its quarterbacks coach.

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news earlier Friday.

Former quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello left the 49ers earlier this offseason to become the offensive coordinator at the University of Kentucky. 

Griese, a quarterback in the NFL for 11 seasons from 1998-2008, has since worked at ESPN covering college football since 2009 until switching over to "Monday Night Football." As Chan mentions, Griese does have a prior connection with coach Kyle Shanahan, as do a lot of San Francisco's coaches and even players. 

Since the move was reported, some have also noticed that Griese, a former Michigan Wolverine, has ties to a certain quarterback who has been connected to the 49ers quite a bit this offseason. 

Griese was Michigan's second-string QB in 1996 -- ahead of third-string quarterback Tom Brady on the depth chart -- before Griese took over as the starter in 1997. 

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With recent rumors swirling that Brady could potentially come out of retirement and try to join the 49ers, his childhood team, the move to hire Griese has led some to begin connecting dots.

Regardless, San Francisco's new quarterbacks coach will be tasked with helping 21-year-old Trey Lance develop as the (likely) starter next season. 

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