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Steve Logan Looks forward to Coaching Colin Kaepernick

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Ever since the San Francisco 49ers promoted Jim Tomsula to head coach on Jan. 15, media reports began to surface as to who would join Tomsula's new coaching staff.

Local and national reporters tweeted. Former players and executives gave their opinions on radio shows. And here at, we even built a tracker to make sense of all the rumors.

Unlike other candidates to join the staff, Steve Logan broke his own news.

After all, he has a Twitter account and a radio show.

Logan, who was officially announced as among Tomsula's assistants on Monday, doesn't have as many followers (2,740-plus) as the man he'll be coaching, Colin Kaepernick (713,000-plus).

And his WRAL listeners in North Carolina may not all follow him west.

But Logan does have 36 years of coaching experience. He has mentored NFL quarterbacks past and present like Jeff Blake, David Garrard and Matt Ryan. And he's really excited about coaching "Kap."

"If I was going to make a list of what do you want to coach – let's draw up a guy you want to coach — those first two boxes you check are accuracy and decision-making," Logan said on his Raleigh-based station last week. "He's really good with both of those right now."

Logan is charged, of course, with developing Kaepernick's complete game. He will have the benefit of working for new offensive coordinator Geep Chryst, who held Logan's job for four seasons starting in 2011.


The San Francisco 49ers new quarterbacks coach has made several stops at the pro and college levels as well as in the radio booth.

Head Coaching Experience**

Like Tomsula and other coaches on the newly-formed staff, Logan has also led a team from the top. He was East Carolina's head coach from 1992 to 2002. He jumped to NFL Europe in '04.

Ties to Tomsula

Logan was Tomsula's offensive coordinator for the European League's Rhein Fire in '06.

A Star Pupil

Logan returned stateside the next year, in '07, to spend two seasons as Boston College's offensive coordinator. He mentored Ryan, the Atlanta Falcons franchise signal-caller, during his final two collegiate seasons.

Finally in the NFL

Thirty-four years after starting his coaching career as a high school assistant in 1975, Logan joined Raheem Morris' Tampa Bay Buccaneers staff and coached the running backs from 2009 to 2011.

More Comments on Kap

Given his three-year layoff from football and time as an analyst, Logan brings a unique perspective to Santa Clara. Here is the rest of what he said about working with Kaepernick on his radio show, via

"They've done a wonderful job, coach Harbaugh and the previous staff. Of course, Geep Chryst, the quarterback coach, has worked with Colin. They've done a great job developing him. He's got accuracy. The other things I would want in dialing up a quarterback would be mobility. And I've never, ever on an NFL film seen – I think it was the second-to-last game of the season this year … he dropped back on the minus-five yard line. He took a five-step drop and his back foot hit the minus-one yard line. Nobody was open. He took off and ran straight down the middle of the football field.

"He never made a move. He ran straight down the middle of the football field and ran (90) yards untouched for a touchdown … in the National Football League. If there are 32 starting running backs in the NFL, there are maybe one or two of them that could pull that off. You just don't do that. So he's mobile. He's got incredible top-end speed. That's one of the things when I was evaluating running backs, that's one of the boxes that you check: Does he have top-end speed? Ninety-nine percent of the time, you say, no he doesn't. OK? And if he does have top-end speed, he's not good in short-area quickness. He doesn't move well. He's just a straight-line guy. But, anyway, this guy's got special, special abilities.

"He's displayed championship character. And, by the way, this kid was a 4.0 student. So there's one more box to check. Is he smart? Yeah. We all want to be around smart people. So, anyway, he's a package guy. When you are given a responsibility – and I've said this a million times and I say it kiddingly, but I am deadly serious. When I stand before my maker and he says 'What did you do with the young men that I gave you to work with?' I'm going to look my creator in the eye and say 'I didn't screw them up.' There's an old saying – when you are put in a position of responsibility, your No. 1 job is to do no harm. OK, well let's start there. This kid has a great base around him. There's talent on the team, so let's do no harm. And the first order of business is to go in and win his respect. Prove to him that I can help him in some other areas. And, hopefully, history suggests that I'll get that done."

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