The off-season isn’t just a time to sign free agents, pick up draft picks, and evaluate the schedule to try to get a jump on preparing for next year, it is also a time when teams add new additions to their coaching staffs. Sometimes coaching staff changes are dramatic. When a team comes off of a bad year and replaces most of the coaches, they hope that the change will create a different philosophy and environment. Other times, there is room for some small changes and upgrades to help a good team improve and get over the top.
The latter of these two types of changes are what the San Francisco 49ers coach, Jim Harbaugh has made by bringing on former Oakland Raiders wide receiver, Ronald Curry as an offensive assistant. Curry was a member of the Raiders from 2002-2008, when Harbaugh was an assistant there. Curry spent his entire career in Oakland, where he played 76 games, catching 193 passes for 2,347 yards and 13 touchdowns.
"The 49ers and our staff are pleased to be initiating Ronald's NFL coaching career," Harbaugh said in a team release. "Our team will greatly benefit from Ronald's athletic experiences."Curry is expected to primarily work with the 49ers receivers, which features veteran receivers, Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin, as well as Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis and young receivers such as Kyle Williams and A.J. Jenkins.
Hopefully Curry will be able to get the most out of these players, especially Jenkins, who did not play at all as a rookie, despite being a first round pick. Curry is a solid hire, who could pay off immediately for the 49ers, who need all the talent they can around first year starter, Colin Kaepernick.