Evero has worked for some of the greatest defensive minds in football since entering the NFL as a quality control assistant with the Buccaneers
in 2007, shortly after his college career as a safety at UC Davis ended. In Tampa Bay, Evero worked for defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. Across stops to follow with the 49ers
, Evero learned from Vic Fangio, Capers, Wade Phillips and Raheem Morris.
Evero absorbed bits and pieces from each coach’s unique style during those first 15 years of his career, taking mental notes about what he would incorporate into his own leadership approach when he one day ran a defense or a team and what he might let go. That experience, and the process by which he maximized its benefit, created a style that is uniquely Evero’s, one that deeply resonated with the players he coached this season.
“He provides all the qualities you need in a coach,” said Surtain, who was also named a starter for the AFC Pro Bowl roster this season. “He’s a great leader, very outspoken, brings a lot of energy into the room and he’s just a great person in general. A great people person. You can go to him for anything. On the football field, he’s just going to go out there and bring all the energy. He’s going to do what is best for the team.”