The 49ers are hiring Monte Kiffin’s son and Lane Kiffin’s brother, Chris Kiffin, according to ESPN.
Monte Kiffin was the Super-Bowl winning defensive coordinator who invented the Tampa 2 defense. Lane Kiffin is the former Raiders head coach whom Al Davis once called “Lance.” He currently is the head coach at FAU.
Chris Kiffin was FAU’s defensive coordinator last season. He will be a pass-rush coach for the 49ers.
Kiffin has a connection with 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh. In 2010, Kiffin was a defensive assistant at USC under defensive coordinator Ed Orgeron. Orgeron was an assistant coach for Pete Carroll when Carroll coached at USC. And Saleh was a defensive quality control assistant for Carroll at the Seahawks.
Saleh and Kiffin most likely share the same defensive philosophy.
Kiffin has only one year of experience in the NFL — he was an intern for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2007. Last year, he was involved in a recruiting scandal at Ole Miss, and the NCAA recently gave him a two-year suspension from recruiting. Now that he’s with the 49ers, he won’t have to deal with the suspension.