Al Everest. Coach Everest was recently fired by Mike Singletary due to problems in the Punt Return game, which was directly linked to not having an NFL-caliber punt returner on the team for a majority of the season. I imagine if you hire a fired guy, this is the type of situation one would want. Press release:
Poor punt returns apparently led Singletary to let Everest go after three seasons as the 49ers' special-teams coach. The 49ers didn't find a competent punt returner after Allen Rossum was released early in the 2009 season and finished last in the NFL in the category.
Longtime Niner beat reporter Kevin Lynch (from 31-Mar 2008):
As the optimists and pessimists stake out their territory on this blog - one matter that hasn't been discussed in the lively back-and-forth - and that's special teams.
The optimists might have a take on the special teams in their on-going fight over the nay sayers. The special teams played remarkably well and in fact, given how horrendous the offense was, the special teams were among the best in the league. Just imagine what might happen if the 49ers drafted explosive returners to augment the soaring punting of Andy Lee and the voracious cover units coached by Al Everest.
The unit's new coach last year won complements with players throughout the team and might even supplant linebacker coach and assistant head coach Mike Singletary as the team's best motivator. Everest and assistant Jeff Rodgers were recently recognized by their peers as the best special teams coaches of 2007 through the Aguilar Kicking Academy.
Everest was a two-year starting safety at SMU from 1970-71, where his teammates coined him "Dirty Al" for his ability to lay big hits.
Important resume highlights:
- has coached for 36 years for college, European, and NFL teams.
- is not a journeyman type as he's coached for two NFL teams this past decade
- 2002 NFL Special Teams Coach of the Year
- Sounds like he'd fit right in with other coaches:
"There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing your players, or students, become successful because it’s a form of parenthood," Everest said about steering his pupils on a successful path. "You’re part of the process of their development. It’s very humbling because you know you got to share their success."
“I’m not here to reinvent football, but I’m here to teach them how to be better football players,” Everest said about his coaching philosophy. “Our job is to give them the tools to win battles. I take pride in thinking that when they leave, they say, ‘I appreciate you making me a better football player.’”
Sign 'em up! I wonder if he'd be willing to take a college job after such a long and successful NFL career. Perhaps he'd be interested in staying in the Bay Area. Thoughts? Dump away!