Shanahan states Wilks will coach from 49ers’ sideline vs. Jaguars originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
SANTA CLARA — The 49ers’ defense will have a noticeably different look on Sunday.
“We’re going to put him on the field this week,” Shanahan said Wednesday. “It’s something we’ve talked about for a little bit. I think there are pluses to it and minuses to it.”
Wilks was hired from outside the organization to replace DeMeco Ryans as defensive coordinator.
Wilks came to the 49ers and was tasked with learning the defensive scheme that was already in place. The transition has not been smooth, as the 49ers have dropped three consecutive games.
In the offseason, Wilks said he preferred sitting in the coaches’ booth and calling the team’s defense from that location.
“It just takes the emotion out of the game for me, where I can always try to stay ahead of the down,” Wilks said.
The 49ers’ previous two defensive coordinators, Robert Saleh and DeMeco Ryans, called games from the sideline.
“I kind of wanted him to be down and be near the players a little bit,” Shanahan said of Wilks. “They’ve had that more with the linebacker communication in the past. And I wanted him to be down there so he could talk to the guys a little more.”
Wilks will be giving up the view from high above the field, where he can have a better idea of the route concepts and the pass coverages on the defensive backfield.