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49ers news: Kyle Shanahan explains hiring of Chris Foerster

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The San Francisco 49ers have given Chris Foerster a second chance. After a two year hiatus from the league, following his resignation from the Miami Dolphins for a leaked video of him snorting a white substance — likely cocaine — the former offensive line coach has resurfaced in San Francisco as a consultant, according to ESPN’s Jenna Laine.

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan explains his reasoning of hiring Foerster with NBC Sports Bay Area’s Jennifer Lee Chan, via Cam Inman of the Mercury NewsHe said on doing so:

“He is still in a consulting role because I understand the seriousness of this matter. We’re trying to ease him back in. I understand how big of a problem  he did have,” said Shanahan.“I also understand what he is doing in committing to fix that problem. We’re trying to give him a chance to get back on track.”

Foerster, 57, isn’t new to the Bay Area. The longtime offensive line coach is now on his third stint with the 49ers. Previously, he spent time in San Francisco between 2008 and 2009 as an offensive line coach and again in 2015.

Foerster talked to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero in January of 2018 about his recovery and want to coach again, saying,

“Why do I want to coach again? Because I love coaching and helping players. Is that going to be on the high school level? The college level? Is it never going to be again? Then maybe it’s never again. I had 25 years in the league and 10 in college. I’ve been blessed. I made a terrible mistake and I’m responsible for it, and I didn’t go to treatment because I wanted to get my job back.”

Now, he’s not the offensive line coach, however. That title goes to John Benton. Instead, Foerster’s position is “game-planning assistant.” Nonetheless, he’s back in the league.