Ryans finished with 735 solo tackles, 13.5 sacks, 44 passes defense, seven interceptions and seven forced fumbles. Ryans’ addition to Shanahan’s staff is the former linebacker’s first foray into coaching. He’ll coach under defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, who was snagged by Shanahan away from Los Angeles, where Saleh was headed to serve as linebackers coach under new Chargers DC Gus Bradley.
Another interesting name on the list is strength and conditioning coach Michael Clay, who was a holdover from previous head coach Chip Kelly’s staff. Clay spent 2015 as the Niners’ assistant special teams coach and moves into his new role under Shanahan, while Kwan fills Clay’s previous position.
Clay played under Kelly at the University of Oregon from 2009-2012, signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and joined the Eagles as a defensive quality control coach in 2014 before moving to special teams assistant in 2015.
I’ve got a family that stays on my tail and it’s for the people who love me. The people that stick with me. I stay motivated, and anybody that are haters, it doesn’t make a difference. I don’t hear those.”
If Cutler does reach the open market next month, all eyes will be on a Jets franchise searching for Ryan Fitzpatrick’s successor under center.
The team’s new quarterbacks coach, Jeremy Bates, is perhaps the foremost authority on Cutler. The two not only worked together in both Denver and Chicago, but have also maintained a positive relationship, by all accounts.
Would Gang Green attempt to reunite Cutler with Bates as well as former Bears Pro Bowlers Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte?
Stay tuned. March is desperation season in the NFL.