The 49ers’ new quarterbacks coach does not know the team’s offensive coordinator, but he said he believes he is walking into the perfect situation to return to coaching.
Steve Logan, who coached three seasons on the same NFL Europe staffs with new 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula, said he likes the idea of joining a team that will have a lot of carryover from the playbook used the past four seasons.
“I don’t know (Geep Chryst), but I know Jim Tomsula,” said Logan last week on his final radio show on WRAL in Raleigh, North Carolina. “And Jimmy’s told me, ‘Look, this is a super, top-flight guy.’ What I’m excited about, and I mean this sincerely, it’s one more box to check.
“You don’t want to walk in and have to re-invent a language, a playbook, the calls. So we got a chance to start up the Corvette, take it down to the car wash and let this thing go.”
Logan, 62, is returning to coaching after three years away from the game. He formerly worked as East Carolina’s head coach and Boston College’s offensive coordinator. He has not coached since serving as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ running backs coach from 2009 to 2011.
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With a first-year head coach, the 49ers are allowed to begin their offseason program on April 6. The coaching staff will not have to spend an inordinate amount of time teaching all the players a completely new system.
“It is exhausting to sit in those meetings and build a language and a playbook and then you got to go sell it to the players,” Logan said. “We get to jump over all of that. It’s simply going to be, ‘Hey, Geep, what did you guys call this last year?’
“And I know they use a West Coast language, which I’m very familiar with. So there’s not going to be one hiccup, surprise -- not too many for me. And Colin (Kaepernick) will be, ‘Hey, let’s go to practice now.’ That’s one more box to check for the positive.”