Tom Rathman has signed on the dotted line, officially beginning his third stint with the 49ers. The club announced the deal just moments ago. Rathman will be the team’s running backs coach.
Also, there are no interviews scheduled today with offensive coordinator candidates. This does not mean the 49ers have not held preliminary talks with anyone; it just means nobody has yet to walk through the lobby of the team’s
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Here is some information about Rathman’s coaching accomplishments (courtesy of the 49ers’ PR staff):
RAIDERS: The team ranked 10th in the NFL with an average of 124.2 rushing yards per game in 2008, after ranking sixth in the league a year prior with an average of 130.4 rushing yards per game. Justin Fargas rushed for 1,009 yards in 2007 and 853 yards in 2008, while playing in 14 games each season.
LIONS: In 2004, running back Kevin Jones rushed for 1,133 yards, including an NFL leading 825 yards on 153 attempts over the final seven games of the season. Jones’ rushing total ranked as the highest among rookies in the NFL that year and was the best rookie season by a Lions running back since Barry Sanders in 1989.
49ERS: In five of his six seasons, the team’s rushing attack finished in the top 10 among NFL teams, including top-ranked seasons in 1998 (159.0 ypg) and 1999 (130.9 ypg), to go along with a second ranked unit in 2001 (140.3). In 2001, Garrison Hearst, a two-time NFL Comeback Player-of-the-Year, was named to his second career Pro Bowl selection. In 2000, Charlie Garner recorded his second consecutive 1,000-yard season and his first career Pro Bowl selection.
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