The 49ers’ rookie head coach will be joined by a rookie defensive coordinator and first-time special-teams coordinator. The 49ers announced the hiring of nine assistants and the group includes defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, 38, and special-teams coordinator Richard Hightower, 36. Saleh has spent the past three seasons as the Jaguars linebackers coach. The 49ers have retained defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley, who coached with Shanahan in Cleveland in 2014, and former outside linebackers coach Jason Tarver, who is now a senior defensive assistant.

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