Kyle Shanahan adding familiar faces to first 49ers staff

New 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is leaning on people he knows to help fill out his staff, Sporting News’ Alex Marvez reported Monday.

Shanahan, who officially took over in San Francisco hours after coaching for the Falcons in Super Bowl 51, has settled on three assistants, according to Marvez: the Buccaneers’ Jon Embree (tight ends/assistant head coach), and Niners assistants Jeff Hafley (defensive backs) and Jason Tarver (unknown position). Shanahan worked with Hafley when the two were Browns assistants in 2014. He and Embree were assistants with the Redskins in 2010.

The Coyotes noted it was Fitzgerald’s first time skating, so cut him some slack. It’s not as easy as it looks.

Fitzgerald is no stranger to hockey, though, as he grew up in Minnesota and said he’s a “big fan” of the sport. He’s also maintained a friendship with Coyotes captain Shane Doan through their many years starring together in the desert.

Doan took it easy while critiquing his buddy.

“When we heard he was going to do it we were excited to do it,” he said, via the Coyotes’ team website. “It was pretty special. He was a lot better than I thought he would be.”

Fitzgerald last year cited Doan’s loyalty to the Cheap Jerseys Youth Coyotes (he’s spent each of his 21 NHL seasons with the franchise) as inspiration for his NFL career.

Like Doan, the Cardinals’ all-time leading receiver has only played Cheap Kids NBA Jerseys for one team.

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