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Erickson Hires Linebackers Coach

February 19, 2003

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) _ San Francisco 49ers coach Dennis Erickson retained two coaches Tuesday and added a new linebackers coach.

Greg McMackin, a longtime Erickson colleague, will coach the team’s young corps of linebackers. He was Erickson’s defensive coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks from 1995-98 and at the University of Miami from 1993-95.

Since 2000, McMackin had been defensive coordinator at Texas Tech.

Former linebackers coach Richard Smith has joined the Detroit Lions, where former 49ers head coach Steve Mariucci was quickly hired after San Francisco fired him Jan. 15.

The 49ers also retained Jerry Attaway as physical development coordinator and Terrell Jones as strength development coordinator.

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