The San Francisco 49ers have hired a linebackers coach, according to Alex Marvez of Fox Sports.
— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) January 23, 2016
Nickerson is a former four-time All Pro linebacker who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Green Bay Packers. He got his first coaching job in 2007 with the Chicago Bears under head coach Lovie Smith, then later became the head coach at Bishop O’ Dowd High school in Oakland, my alma mater. In 2014, Nickerson joined Smith on the Buccaneers coaching staff.
Does hiring Nickerson indicate Lovie Smith will be the next defensive coordinator for the 49ers? With Smith, the Niners would have their next head coach already on the staff if Chip Kelly’s offense implodes.
However, Smith is known to run a Tampa 2 scheme. How will that fit with the Niners’ defensive personnel?