Will the New Coaching Staff Maximize OT Trent Brown’s Full Potential?

Niners Live introduces its series on whether the new coaching staff will maximize a player’s full potential. First up is San Francisco 49ers’ offensive tackle Trent Brown. 


San Francisco 49ers’ starting right tackle Trent Brown went from a 2015 seventh round pick, who had his weight and work ethic questioned, to a player who has been singled out by Joe Staley, a Pro Bowler and fellow teammate, and Von Miller, an opponent, as one of the best young tackles in the NFL.

“I don’t throw this around lightly, he can be as good as anyone in the NFL that’s ever been,” “You see him, and you think Jonathan Ogden, the plays that he would make when he was playing. He’s got a ways to go before he’s there, but he has all the talent to be Jonathan Ogden-esque,” said Staley during an interview during training camp. Via Mindi Bach of CSN Bay Area.

Brown completed his first season as a starter, playing in all 16 contests.  He is definitely one of the building blocks for the franchise’s new coaching staff.  Niners Live wants to start the debate now: will the new coaching staff maximize Brown’s tremendous upside/potential?

A mammoth of a man at 6’8” and 355lbs, he possesses very nimble feet for a man of his size, strength, and long arms. This is ideal for the tackle position. Brown changed his diet and workout regime heading into the 2016 season, and it paid off. He reported to camp with a vastly improved physique and stamina.  This led to him winning a starting position over tackle Anthony Davis, a former Pro Bowler, and the first round draft pick of the 49ers.

Brown graded out as the best lineman for the 49ers this season. He played left tackle in the last game of the season because of an injury to Staley.  His PFF pass-blocking grade was 78.7, while his run blocking grade was 39.0.  Brown, whose strength was run blocking coming out of college, struggled because of Chip Kelly’s read and react running attack.  His skill set would excel better in a downhill run blocking running scheme

Rumors have been swirling all week, and all reports point to Atlanta Falcon’s offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan being named the 49ers’ next head coach. Shanahan utilizes an offense with roots from the “West Coast offense” and likes to run the ball to set up play-action chunk plays down the field.  This season, the Falcons owned the highest scoring offense at 33.8 pts per game, third in passing yards at 295.3, and fifth in rushing yards at 120.5. Via NFL.com.

Shanahan’s staff must focus on pushing Brown to reach his Pro Bowl potential.  His offensive scheme on paper places Brown in a position to succeed, based on the blocking techniques of the West Coast offense.  Brown, who looks to be the team’s future left tackle after Staley departs eventually, must seize this offseason by its horns and report to camp in the best shape of his life.

In closing:  Brown had a 2016 season campaign of mixed reviews, and in some areas, he regresses, especially in his run blocking as aforementioned for the first-year starter. However, the needle is pointing up and not down for Brown. Look for him to take another leap forward in 2017.  If Shanahan is named the new head coach, he will be playing in an offense that better suits his skill set.  It will be on Shanahan and the offensive line coach to find what makes him tick, to push him to reach his vast ceiling.

Niners Live side note: The 49ers are expected to offer Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan their vacant head coaching job, and Shanahan is almost certain to accept the position, according to sources familiar with both parties’ intentions. Because of NFL rules, the two sides cannot formally agree to a deal until after the Falcons‘ season is over, but barring an unforeseen change of heart on either side, Shanahan will eventually be signed to a multi-year contract.

Shanahan, according to sources, will get to help pick the 49ers‘ next general manager, with Green Bay Packers director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst the leading candidate. Via Mike Silver of NFL.com.

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