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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

49ers News On Tollner, Smith, Olson

From The Press Democrat

The word is official from the 49ers: Ted Tollner has been hired as an offensive assistant. He will help the entire coaching staff, a team spokesman said. Obviously, with his experience as an offensive coordinator he'll lend a lot of assistance to Jim Hostler. "Ted Tollner has been hired as an offensive assistant," Mike Nolan said in a statement. "He will work with offensive coordinator Jim Hostler and our offensive coaching staff. Ted has great experience with over 30 years in the NFL and in college coaching and is well respected in the football community. He will be a tremendous asset to the 49ers organization. We will continue to make every effort to improve our team."

Tollner has more than 30 years of coaching experience. He was head coach at USC and San Diego State. Since 1987, he has worked as an assistant with the Bills, Chargers, Rams, 49ers and Lions.This move comes one day after Nolan said of Hostler, "Jim is an easy scapegoat for everybody to jump on to. As you look at the entire offense and the production of the offense, and you look at what we do on the field, the production isn't as good as it was last year, although it wasn't off the charts. Let's recognize that last year it was (ranked) 26th. That is considerably better than we are right now, but I wouldn't put all of that on Jim. Jim is doing an outstanding job. He busts his tail and is always looking for ways to get better."
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Also, a source close to Alex Smith confirms a report an that Dr. James Andrews told Smith today that his shoulder and forearm are "worse than anticipated." There was some talk that surgery might be needed to correct the problem if his shoulder and forearm don't show improvement. Smith might seek yet another opinion from a specialist. The 49ers did not comment on this report because their doctors have not received the report yet from Dr. Andrews, a team spokesman said.
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Quarterback Drew Olson was signed to the practice squad to run the scout team offense with injuries to Smith and Shaun Hill (broken right index finger). With the uncertainty surrounding the backup QBs, Olson could find himself in uniform for Sunday's game. Olson was originally signed by the Ravens an undrafted free agent last season out of UCLA. He spent the season on the Raven's practice squad. Olson went to NFL Europa this past off-season. He was waived by Baltimore following training camp this past summer. He joined the Carolina practice squad in early November and then was signed to the Panthers 53-man roster for one week.
Offensive lineman Sean Estrada was waived from the practice squad to make room for Olson.


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