49ers’ Katie Sowers becomes NFL’s second female full-time assistant coach

Katie Sowers has accepted a full-time coaching position with the 49ers, becoming the second female full-time assistant coach in NFL history, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

While Sowers’ exact role on 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan’s staff is not known, her summer internship with the team involved helping coach receivers.

On her Facebook page, Sowers wrote, “I wanted to share with my friends and family that I have accepted a season long coaching position with the San Francisco 49ers.”

She goes on to credit Falcons assistant GM Scott Pioli for helping her coaching career progress. Sowers interned last summer with the Falcons under Shanahan, who was then offensive coordinator in Atlanta.

The cries for Watson got very loud in the Texans preseason opener Wednesday when presumed Texans starter Tom Savage went 1-for-3 passing for two yards and a sack in his first two series. While Savage did complete his next eight passes for 67 yards, all Texans fans could talk about was Watson’s rushing touchdown and his 15-for-25 night where he showed confidence on the field despite it being his first NFL appearance.

Savage is confident he will not only be the starter, but will also hold the starting job for the 2017 season.

“I think [with] pretty much every team, the backup’s going to get reps with the ones,” Savage said (via ProFootball Talk). “I’m just going to worry about what I can control. Listen, I’m out there competing and that makes both of us better. So, we just have to keep going with that. At the end of the day, both of us, we want to win, so we let the coaches handle the rest and we’ll go out there and focus on what we can control.”

While Watson was playing against the Panthers’ No. 2 defense Wednesday, prolonged mixed results from Savage and solid play from Watson could force O’Brien’s hand early in the season.
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