The San Francisco 49ers announced Monday that they’ve hired Ken Norton Jr. as their assistant head coach/ defense/inside linebackers.
“Ken brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to our team having spent more than two decades as a NFL player and coach,” said Head Coach Kyle Shanahan. “Throughout his coaching career, Ken has developed a tremendous understanding of our defensive system, making him a perfect fit for our staff. With four Super Bowl titles on his resume, including one as a 49er, Ken knows firsthand what it takes to become a championship caliber team.”
The 49ers also hired Johnny Holland as their run game specialist/outside linebackers coach and Michael Clay as the team’s assistant special teams coach.
Norton Jr, 51, began his NFL coaching career with the Seahawks back in 2010 as their linebackers coach. After five years in Seattle, Norton Jr departed to become the Raiders’ defensive coordinator in 2015 but was, unfortunately, fired a few months ago.