Biggs: 49ers swap out line coaches quickly

That was fast.

Mike Singletary said he didn’t expect to lose offensive line coach Chris Foerster. In fact, when the Washington Redskins first called for permission to interview the assistant, he denied it. But when Foerster was hired as the offensive line coach of the Redskins this morning, the San Francisco 49ers had an almost immediate reaction, naming Mike Solari as their new line coach.

As Singletary explained, Solari was his first choice when he was interviewing for head-coaching positions in the past. It just so happened he was available after spending the last two seasons as the line coach of the Seattle Seahawks. Solari interviewed with Singletary this morning and was just about hired on the spot.

The Niners didn’t want to see Foerster go, but the situation worked out well for everyone involved.

“First of all, I was contacted by our office here that said that Washington wanted to (talked to Foerster), and I said, `Well, at what position?’’’ Singletary said. “It would be a lateral move, and I said no. That was my initial response. So, I was done with it. I got a call from Chris Foerster later on that really expressed that his family is out there, out east. He loved it here, loved what we are doing, but if there was any way to be closer to his family, he’d really appreciate it if he could do the interview and go from there.

“I think, for me, his family is important. Family is very important. It’s something that I talk about. I could not not do that, give him the chance to be closer to his family. He’s got a kid in high school, senior last year – all that sort of thing. So, I granted it.”

Solari, who previously was with the Kansas City Chiefs for 11 seasons, was available and now two teams have new line coaches. Singletary said other teams have called about other coaches on his staff and permission has been denied. It looks like his staff will remain as is moving forward.

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