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Geep Chryst
Quarterbacks Coach
College:
Princeton

BIOGRAPHY

Geep Chryst was named the 49ers quarterbacks coach on January 19, 2011.

Chryst helped guide QB Alex Smith to his best NFL season in 2011. Smith set career highs in passing yards (3,144), completions (273), and passer rating (90.7). He also set the franchise record for fewest interceptions thrown in a single-season with just five. Smith’s five interceptions are tied for third in NFL history (min. 400 atts.) and his interception percentage of 1.1 also ranks third in NFL history (min. 400 atts.). Most importantly, he posted a 14-4 overall record as the starter, in 2011.
Geep Chryst was named the 49ers quarterbacks coach on January 19, 2011.

Chryst helped guide QB Alex Smith to his best NFL season in 2011. Smith set career highs in passing yards (3,144), completions (273), and passer rating (90.7). He also set the franchise record for fewest interceptions thrown in a single-season with just five. Smith’s five interceptions are tied for third in NFL history (min. 400 atts.) and his interception percentage of 1.1 also ranks third in NFL history (min. 400 atts.). Most importantly, he posted a 14-4 overall record as the starter, in 2011.

With over 20 years of coaching experience, including 18 years in the NFL, Chryst most recently served as the tight ends/offensive quality control coach for the Carolina Panthers (2006-10). In 2009, Chryst was part of an offensive coaching staff that helped the Panthers become the first team in the history of the NFL to garner two running backs with more than 1,100 yards rushing in the same season. His tight end unit also posted the most productive receiving season for Panthers tight ends in a decade that year.

Before joining Carolina in 2006, Chryst served as the Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks coach (2001-03) and San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach (1999-2000). Chryst implemented the no-huddle offense in San Diego in 1999, which led to Harbaugh enjoying the second-highest passing output (2,761 passing yards) of his 15-year career. The Chargers also completed the most passes (332) in 13 years with Chryst directing the offense and Harbaugh became the first quarterback in team history since Hall of Famer Dan Fouts to pass for 400 yards in a game, that year.

Chryst spent three seasons with the Cardinals, serving as the team’s tight ends coach from 1996-97 before becoming the quarterbacks coach in 1998. He began his NFL coaching career with the Chicago Bears in 1991 as the director of research/quality control, a position he held until 1995. In the spring of 1992, Chryst, after being out of uniform for eight years, took a 15-day hiatus from the Bears to long snap in three playoff games for the short-handed Orlando Thunder of the World League. Interestingly, he had made his professional coaching debut with the Thunder in 1991, serving as the wide receivers/running backs coach.

Chryst began his coaching career at University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1987 before moving over to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988. Chryst then spent two years at the University of Wyoming, serving as the offensive line coach in 1989 and the quarterbacks coach in 1990.

A three-year starter at linebacker for Princeton University, Chryst also played baseball for two seasons for the Tigers. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton as well as a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Wisconsin.

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