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49ers hire Lynn as secondary coach

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2006) -- The San Francisco 49ers hired Johnnie Lynn to help coach their defensive backs.

Lynn, who was secondary coach in San Francisco in 1996, will share the duties with Vance Joseph on coach Mike Nolan's staff. Lynn replaces A.J. Christoff, who was hired as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach by Stanford.

"When you obtain the services of quality NFL football people to your coaching staff it raises the performances of the people around you," Nolan said. "Johnnie is a solid NFL coach with a high energy level. He is extremely well respected around the league and I am excited to bring him on board. I know he feels we are headed in the right direction and is excited to help us improve this season."

Lynn spent the last two seasons coaching the secondary in Baltimore, including in 2004 when Nolan was the Ravens' defensive coordinator.

Lynn also spent seven seasons with the New York Giants, serving for five seasons (1997-01) as secondary coach before being promoted to defensive coordinator for the 2002 and 2003 seasons.

Lynn also was the secondary coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1994 and 1995.

He played eight seasons with the New York Jets, finishing with 17 career interceptions.

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