For the third time in his 12-year NFL career, wide receiver Anquan Boldin has put together back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons.
Beside Boldin and running back Frank Gore, little else was consistently effective with the 49ers' offense the past two seasons. The unit will be operating next season under a new offensive coordinator, as CEO Jed York on Friday said Geep Chryst has been promoted from quarterbacks coach to run the team’s offense.
“I've known Geep for a long time,” Boldin said in an interview with CSN Bay Area’s Mindi Bach. “He was actually my quarterbacks coach in Arizona my rookie year. He's a great football mind. I think he can bring a spark to the offense.”
Boldin was attending festivities at the Super Bowl in Arizona as one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
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Chryst has coached 22 seasons in the NFL, including that three-year stretch from 2001 to ’03 with the Cardinals as quarterbacks coach. He served as offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers in 1999 and 2000 under Mike Riley.
The main priority of the team’s offense will be to get more out of quarterback Colin Kaepernick, York said.
“It’s not fixing Kaepernick,” York said in an interview on the NFL Network. “I think Kap is an unbelievable player. He’s a young guy that continues to need to grow and mature. We all do. Look at Anquan Boldin. Anquan Boldin is going to try to get better in the offseason and he’s already a Hall of Famer. Frank Gore is the same way.
“But with Kap, you got a guy in Geep Chryst who knows him better than anybody else. You have a great guy in (quarterbacks coach) Steve Logan, who is coming to come in and work with him on fundamentals and allow us to put together a system that’s going to put Kap in the best position to make plays.”