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49ers Define Tollner's Role


The San Francisco 49ers announced on Wednesday that Ted Tollner has been named quarterback coach/assistant to the head coach. The team also announced that Adam Gase has joined Head Coach Mike Nolan's staff as offensive assistant.

Tollner will lead the quarterbacks after joining the team in 2007 as an offensive assistant. Tollner last coached with the Detroit Lions under Steve Mariucci in 2005, serving for 11 weeks as offensive coordinator before Mariucci was let go. Tollner finished out the season as the tight ends coach. Prior to his time with the Lions, Tollner enjoyed a stint with the 49ers from 2002-2005, coaching quarterbacks for two seasons before he was promoted to offensive coordinator.

Tollner began his NFL career in 1987 with the Buffalo Bills as a wide receivers coach. He left after the 1988 season to be offensive coordinator for the Chargers, a role he filled until 1991. Next up, Tollner served as the quarterbacks coach for the Los Angeles Rams from 1992 to 1993. Tollner then left the NFL to work in the college ranks from 1994 to 2001, in the capacity of head coach at San Diego State.

Gase joins the 49ers after spending five seasons with the Detroit Lions. He began assisting the Lions coaching staff during the 2005 preseason, working with the running backs and quarterbacks. He was hired into the Lions' scouting department in February 2003 after spending the previous three seasons with the Louisiana State Tigers football program. Gase earned a degree at Michigan State University where he also served as a student assistant for the Spartans' football program.

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