Pete Hoener - San Francisco 49ers Tight Ends Coach
- 49ers TE coach from 2005-10. Offensive line coach Chris Foerster was the Niners' OL coach in 2008 and '09.
- Coached at Purdue from 1989-91. Running backs coach Bobby Turner was the offensive coordinator at Purdue from 1991-94 and assistant defensive backs coach Steve Jackson played at Purdue from 1987-90.
- Offensive coordinator at Indiana State from 1978-82. Bobby Turner was the RB coach at Indiana State from 1975-82.
Bob Palcic - UCLA Offensive Line Coach
- New Orleans Saints TE coach from 2000-05, when defensive coordinator Jim Haslett was the Saints head coach.
- Cleveland Browns OL coach in 1999, where he worked with Bob Slowik, who was the Browns defensive coordinator.
- Offensive line coach at Ohio State from 1986-91. Bobby Turner was the Buckeyes RB coach in 1989 and '90.
Tim Brewster - ex-Minnesota Head Coach
- Head coach at Minnesota from 2007-10. Assistant special teams coach Richard Hightower was the wide receivers coach at Minnesota in 2009.
- TE coach for the Denver Broncos in 2005-06, working under head coach Mike Shanahan.
- Coached the San Diego Chargers tight ends from 2002-04. WR coach Keenan McCardell played for the Chargers from 2004-06.
- TE coach at Texas from 1998-2001. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and Richard Hightower both played for the Longhorns while Brewster was there.
Jeff Davidson - ex-Carolina Panthers Offensive Coordinator
- Offensive assistant with the New Orleans Saints in 1995 and '96. Jim Haslett was the Saints LB coach in '95 before becoming the defensive coordinator in 1996.
- Played for the Broncos from 1990-92. Mike Shanahan was the QB coach in Denver in 1990 and '91.
- Played at Ohio State from 1986-89. Bobby Turner coached at OSU in 1989 and '90.
Tim Salem - Central Florida Tight Ends/Special Teams Coach
- Coached at Purdue from 1991-96, where he coached with Bobby Turner from 1991-94.
- Played his freshman year at Minnesota in 1980 before transferring to Arizona State. His father Joe was the head coach at Minnesota from 1979-84, and hired Mike Shanahan as his offensive coordinator in 1979.
Ralph Friedgen - ex-Maryland Head Coach
Other names in consideration: Art Valero, Seahawks; Geep Chryst, ex-Panthers.
- Offensive coordinator at Georgia Tech from 1987-91. Special teams coach Danny Smith was an assistant at GT from 1987-94.
- Offensive coordinator at William & Mary in 1980, where Smith was an assistant from 1980-83.