Kyle Shanahan expects Steve Wilks to return as 49ers DC in 2024

Feb 13, 2024, 3:41 PM | Updated: 3:54 pm

Defensive Coordinator Steve Wilks of thte San Francisco 49ers reacts during the third quarter again...

Harry How/Getty Images

The San Francisco 49ers enter another offseason full of questions to be answered, one of those being if Steve Wilks will return next season.

While the organization’s brass will meet over the coming week and months, Wilks is expected back for another run.

San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan shared that the hope is for most of the coaching staff to return for the 2024 season. That includes defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, fresh off his first season with the organization.

“I haven’t talked to anybody yet, but yeah, I expect all our coaches to be back,” Shanahan said Tuesday when asked about Wilks returning.

Initially, however, Shanahan was non-committal about the coach returning, stating that those talks hadn’t started with the team brass.

“We’ll talk about a ton as this week goes,” Shanahan stated. “We’ll talk about a ton in the offseason. I mean, where we want our team to be, our defense, our offense, special teams. And that’s a lot of conversations, a lot of film, a lot of personnel and salary cap things we got to discuss. I haven’t even watched the game yet to tell you the truth.”

As of now, it would be a surprise to see Wilks leave the Red & Gold after only one season. While the defense regressed in the run game (21st in yards per rush), they were still fifth in rushing yards allowed per game, and fourth overall in points allowed (18.8).

“I thought they were a number of reasons we got this far,” Shanahan said about Wilks’ defense this season.

The 49ers have already lost key personnel on the coaching staff, with Klint Kubiak and James Cregg departing for positions elsewhere. Prior to Steve Wilks, the 49ers lost two DCs in two seasons (Robert Saleh and DeMeco Ryans) to head-coaching jobs.

Key offseason dates for the San Francisco 49ers

  • Tuesday, Feb. 20th – Teams can begin franchising players until Tuesday, March 5th
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27 – NFL Combine begins
  • Thursday, March 13 – The 2024 free agency signing period begins at 1 p.m. PST

Thank you for reading Follow us on Twitter and Google News, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.


San Francisco 49ers

Brock Purdy #13 of the San Francisco 49ers talks with Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fol...

Amiliano Fragoso

Tom Brady lists 49ers as possible team in NFL return: ‘I wouldn’t be opposed to it’

Could Tom Brady make his way to the 49ers after all? He didn't rule out a midseason return to football if it makes sense.

2 days ago

Rock Ya-Sin #23 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on in the second quarter of a game against the Pittsb...

Amiliano Fragoso

San Francisco 49ers sign CB Rock Ya-Sin to one-year deal

The 49ers have announced that they signed CB Rock Ya-Sin to a one-year deal Thursday, adding to their secondary depth.

3 days ago

General view of the interior of Levis Stadium from an elevated level during the NFL regular season ...

Amiliano Fragoso

Recapping San Francisco 49ers 2024 local pro day

The 49ers held their 2024 local pro day on Wednesday, highlighting some lesser-known prospects from Northern California.

3 days ago

Closeups and interview pictures of O.J. Simpson of Southern California, the most celebrated collegi...

Amiliano Fragoso

San Francisco native O.J. Simpson passes away at age 76

O.J. Simpson, the former football star who was later accused and acquitted of killing his wife and her friend, has passed away at the age of 76. Per a statement from his family, Simpson passed away peacefully Wednesday, surrounded by his family and loved ones. After a lengthy battle with prostate cancer, the Bay Area […]

3 days ago

The San Francisco 49ers offensive line is seen with the Baltimore Ravens defensive line at the line...

Amiliano Fragoso

Three positions the 49ers still need to fill this offseason

The 49ers have some positions in need of more attention than others entering draft season. Here's how that could play out.

5 days ago

Logan Ryan #33 of the San Francisco 49ers defends in coverage during Super Bowl LVIII against the K...

Amiliano Fragoso

Former 49ers S Logan Ryan retires from 11-year NFL career

The San Francisco 49ers will be without another 2023 veteran, with S Logan Ryan retiring from football Tuesday.

5 days ago

Kyle Shanahan expects Steve Wilks to return as 49ers DC in 2024