SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers have not had formal interviews with Mike Shanahan, Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase or Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. But that doesn't mean there's no interest.
The team met with those candidates during last year's coaching search. A league source indicated that once 49ers officials are through with the first round of interviews this year they could circle back and ask for interviews with Shanahan, Gase, McDaniels or anyone else they talked with last season.
The 49ers this year have interviewed ex Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, Bills running backs/assistant head coach Anthony Lynn and today are talking with Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, according to ESPN. DeFilippo is a native of Youngstown, Ohio, which is where the York family lives.
DeFilippo was a quarterbacks coach with the Raiders but never has been an NFL head coach, and the 49ers may be more interested in adding him as an assistant rather a head coach.
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The 49ers, as well as the Browns and Dolphins, will interview Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson on Sunday.
The 49ers also have asked to interview Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, although that session has not yet been scheduled. Koetter is considered the Buccaneers' top choice for their head coach opening. If the 49ers’ interview with Koetter occurs, it will be early next week.
The team also has inquired about Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula, whose agent has said that he will not interview for openings while Carolina still is in the playoffs. Shula seems to satisfy a number of the 49ers' criteria having worked extensively with NFL quarterbacks. The Panthers’ Cam Newton is a favorite to be named MVP this year.
The league source said the team could have interest in Stanford head coach David Shaw but has not asked to speak with Shaw. The Mercury News reported on Thursday that Shaw would not interview for the 49ers' vacancy.
Last year the 49ers interviewed five defensive coordinators for their opening and ultimately tapped a defensive line coach. This year there are no known interviews with defensive-minded coaches.
As far as last year's offensive minds, Gase could be tricky interview to acquire. The team seemed poised to offer him the head-coaching job a year ago before awarding it instead to Jim Tomsula. The young Bears assistant is perhaps the hottest candidate on the market, and the Browns, Dolphins, Eagles and Giants have asked to talk with him.
McDaniels' Patriots have a bye in the first round of the playoffs and the NFL Network reported that he would not interview for any openings this weekend. Shanahan already has spoken with the Dolphins about their opening.