Report: 49ers hire ex-Broncos DC to lead secondary

The 49ers will bring former Broncos defensive coordinator Joe Woods to San Francisco to join their coaching staff, according to a report from NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo.

Woods would work under current 49ers defensive coordinator, Robert Saleh, as the defensive passing game coordinator, per the report. Saleh will enter his third season as the defensive signal caller for San Francisco.

The 48-year-old Woods was the Broncos’ defensive backs coach in Denver before becoming the defensive coordinator, which he’s been for the last two seasons. He’s also coached defensive backs for the Buccaneers, Vikings and Raiders. The 49ers’ previous such coach, Jeff Hafley, left the club to help run The Ohio State University’s defense.

Woods and Saleh have some work to do. The 49ers had just two interceptions from the defense in 2018, setting an NFL record. Nothing went right after franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL early in the campaign. With some more balance on the squad, Woods should have no problem increasing the number of interceptions for the 49ers in 2019.

Author: Luke Straub

Luke is a freelance sports reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area. A Petaluma native, he's covered sports in his hometown since 2017, writing for the local Argus-Courier. Luke also covers the Oakland Raiders for Raiders Wire of USA Today Sports Media Group and hosts The Raider Larry Show, a Raiders podcast.

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