- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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Continuing to fill out his coaching staff, Rex Ryan is set to hire former star safety Tim McDonald as the secondary coach, according to a league source. McDonald will replace Dennis Thurman, who was promoted to defensive coordinator.
McDonald, a six-time All Pro with the Cards and 49ers, has no NFL coaching experience. In fact, he coached only one season on the college level -- the secondary coach at Fresno State in 2012. Prior to that, he spent two seasons as the head coach of his high-school alma mater in Fresno.
Clearly, Thurman was intrumental in the decision to hire. He was McDonald's position coach in 1988 and 1989 with the Cards. They both played at Southern Cal, although Thurman was six years ahead of McDonald.
The interesting part about McDonald's arrival is that his son is a draft-eligible safety from Southern Cal. T.J. McDonald (6-foot-2, 211 pounds) is projected as a third-round pick. Safety is an area of need for the Jets, whose two starters -- LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell -- are free agents.