49ers Catch League's Best Special Team's Coach: Report

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    CLEVELAND - 2009: Brad Seely of the Cleveland Browns poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by NFL Photos)

    Jim Harbaugh has been really busy over the last week adding coaches to his 49ers' staff.

    But if reports are true, the new head coach may have pulled off his biggest coup of the off season.

    The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that the Browns' assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Brad Seely has joined the 49ers. Other reports have Seely simply talking with Harbaugh with no official deal done.

    Now normally netting someone from the Browns is nothing to celebrate but Seely was in charge of one of the league's best special teams units last year. He has also been integral in the development of one of football's most dynamic return men, Joshua Cribbs.

    In fact the Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows reports that Seely's unit was recently rated the best special teams unit in the league.

    The 49ers have notoriously struggled over the past two years with their special teams coverage and return game.

    Last season the team traded for speedy return man Ted Ginn Jr. and while the return game improved over the previous season, the team's coverage still left a lot to be desired.

    If the 49ers do add Seely, Harbaugh would be adding another experienced NFL coach to his staff. Seely has 22 years of NFL coaching experience.