Johnny Holland is in his third season with the 49ers and second as the run game specialist/outside linebackers coach. He previously served as the team’s linebackers coach in 2017.
In 2018, Holland helped the 49ers run defense rank seventh in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per play (4.09). The defense also improved from t-21st in the NFL in 2017 to 14th in rushing yards allowed per game (113.4). The 113.4 rushing yards allowed per game were the fewest allowed by the team since 2014 (100.8). Under Holland’s tutelage, LB Mark Nzeocha set career highs in tackles (17), sacks (1.0), forced fumbles (one) and passes defensed (one).
Holland worked with the 49ers linebackers in 2017, passing on wisdom from his seven-year playing career and almost two decades of coaching experience. Rookie LB Reuben Foster finished second on the team with 72 tackles and LB Brock Coyle played in all 16 games, setting career highs in starts (10), tackles (62), forced fumbles (one) and passes defensed (one), while also adding 0.5 sack.