Chris Kiffin enters his first season in the NFL as the 49ers pass rush specialist. He joins San Francisco after spending the 2017 season as the co-defensive coordinator at Florida Atlantic University.
With Florida Atlantic in 2017, Kiffin played a vital role in improving the total defense from being ranked 123rd to 63rd nationally, while the Owls finished the season second in interceptions (20), 23rd in red zone defense (77-percent), 24th in sacks (38) and 34th in scoring defense (22.7 points per game). Under Kiffin, LB Azeez Al-Shaair led the Conference USA in tackles (147) and broke FAU’s career total tackles mark (354). Al-Shaair, as well as S Jalen Young, who finished second nationally in interceptions (seven), and CB Shelton Lewis all earned First-Team All-Conference USA honors. Kiffin was named a finalist for the Broyles Award, recognizing college football’s top assistant coach.