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49ers interview Raiders safeties coach for Defensive coordinator job

Mar 2, 2024 #49ers, #Gerald Alexander

The 49ers have interviewed Las Vegas Raiders safeties coach Gerald Alexander for the open defensive coordinator position, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area on Friday.

The Athletic’s Matt Burrows first reported the news of Alexander’s interview.
Alexander, 39, was joined by Kansas City Chiefs defensive backs coach Dave Merritt, 49ers defensive passing game coordinator Nick Sorensen, 49ers defensive backs coach Daniel Bullox and former Los Angeles Chargers (Los Angeles Chargers) was confirmed as an opening candidate along with coach Brandon Staley.

Alexander spent five years as an NFL player, including two seasons with the Detroit Lions where he played with Bullocks. Both were second-round draft picks for the Lions — Bullocks in 2006 and Alexander in 2007. Alexander began his coaching career at Arkansas State in 2013 and spent the next several seasons at various colleges, including Washington State, Indiana State, Montana State and California.

In 2020, Alexander was hired as the defensive backs coach for the Miami Dolphins, a position he held as assistant defensive backs coach until joining the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2022.

Raiders coach Antonio Pierce hired Alexander as safeties coach earlier this year before he interviewed with the 49ers.
The 49ers’ defensive coordinator opening comes as a result of the team parting ways with Steve Wilks after one season.

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