The San Francisco 49ers officially announced the hiring of Geep Chryst as the franchise's offensive coordinator on Monday.
Chryst, the team's quarterbacks coach of the past four seasons, has been elevated to a post once held by the likes of Super Bowl-winning head coaches like Mike Holmgren, Mike Shananan, Mike McCarthy and Mike Martz.
Chryst doesn't have the first-name connection like his successful predecessors, but he does have a long history of working in the NFL, plus the experience of collaborating with the franchise's current starting quarterback.
Chryst's advancement is one of several promotions on Jim Tomsula's first coaching staff with the 49ers. We take a look at Chryst's track record and other interesting anecdotes from his career in football.
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With talk of Chryst being a candidate to be San Francisco's offensive coordinator, but no official word given – The San Jose Mercury News reached out to Colin Kaepernick's father for comment.
Rick Kaepernick told the local paper that his son "likes and respects" Chryst, his positional coach since he was selected 36th overall in the 2011 NFL Draft.
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Chryst worked directly with Kaepernick and San Francisco's quarterbacks in the past four seasons. That role will now be held by new quarterbacks coach Steve Logan. Chryst, on the other hand, employed competitive drills with Kaepernick and the team's other signal-callers. The group typically competed in challenging throwing exhibitions, even working on completing rollout passes into a stationary throwing net.
Both Logan and Chryst will be called upon to continue to elevate Kaepernick's game after a '14 campaign that saw the 49ers starter increase his passing yardage and completion percentage, while decreasing his quarterback rating and touchdown numbers.
During Super Bowl XLIX festivities, Kaepernick spoke with CSN Bay Area's Mindi Bach about the Chryst hire.
"I'm very excited about Geep being our OC," Kaepernick said. "Great person, brilliant guy. And I think he's very open to what the players input is during the game, during the week. And also, open to taking shots down the field and opening up the playbook. So, excited to see what he has in store for us."
Anquan Boldin, who was in Arizona as one of three finalists for the NFL's "Walter Payton Man of the Year Award," shared a similar sentiment as his starting quarterback.
"I've known Geep for a long time," Boldin said. "He was actually my quarterbacks coach in Arizona my rookie year. He's a great football mind, and I think he can bring a spark to the offense."
Chryst will be an NFL "OC" for the second time in his coaching career. He held the play-calling duties for the San Diego Chargers for two seasons (1999 to '00), all while serving as the team's quarterbacks coach.
Chryst had input in San Francisco's play-calling process during his time as quarterbacks coach. He famously called for the team's "Vernon Post" touchdown pass to beat the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional Playoffs five years ago. Chryst, a former assistant with the Carolina Panthers, knew the tendencies of New Orleans' secondary in red-zone situations. So he diagrammed the famous pass to Vernon Davis earlier in the week and suggested it on gameday with the 49ers in need of a go-ahead score.
The rest became history in team lore.
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Chryst has spent 28 seasons in the coaching profession, including 23 on the NFL level. He's held many offensive positions in those stints. Chryst has worked at every level on the offensive side of the ball. His experiences range from working with quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends and offensive linemen.
Chryst has experience as an employee of five different NFL franchises (Chicago, Arizona, San Diego, Carolina and San Francisco). He began his career as a quarterbacks coach at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in '87. Chryst then proceeded to coach the offensive line and quarterbacks at the University of Wyoming for the '89 and '90 seasons, respectively.
The next stop on Chryst's football resume was in a world of its own.
Playing Experience* *In the spring of '92, Chryst, a linebacker at Princeton during his collegiate years, temporarily left his quality control coach post with the Chicago Bears to be a long snapper for the Orlando Thunder of the World League. Chryst took a 15-day hiatus to perform in three playoff games. Chryst previously served as Orlando's wide receivers/running backs coach in '91.
"After years of not having pads on, it was a lot of fun," Chryst told 49ers.com in 2011. "We ended up making the playoffs and going to the World Bowl."
Unfortunately for Chryst, the Sacramento Surge defeated the Thunder by a score of 21-17 at Olympic Stadium in Montreal Canada.
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Besides aiding Kaepernick's development, Chryst had tutored another quarterback.
His son, Keller.
Keller Chryst, a four-star recruit out of Palo Alto High School, accepted a scholarship to play at Stanford. Keller is a 6-foot-5, 228-pound prospect who will likely play as a backup with the return of fifth-year senior Kevin Hogan.
The Chryst family's football ties don't stop at Geep and Keller. The 49ers new play-caller's brother is the head coach at the University of Wisconsin. The patriarch of the Chryst family, George Chryst, coached 30 years in Wisconsin, mostly as an athletic director and head coach at Wisconsin-Platteville before passing away at 55.