SANTA CLARA -- Adam Gase is the new head coach for the Miami Dolphins, and early reports said that Gase was likely to hire Bengals defensive backs coach Vance Joseph as his defensive coordinator.
That's far too premature, Joseph's agent said Saturday. Joseph is concentrating on Cincinnati's playoff run, beginning with today's game against the Steelers, then will look at his options.
One of those options presumably would be with San Francisco where he was an assistant coach from 2005-10. The 49ers made a push to sign him last season but were blocked by the Bengals because he is still under contract.
That contract expires at the end of this season, making Joseph, 43, a free agent. Additionally, he obviously is well known to Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, who has worked on the same staff as Joseph for the last two seasons.
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The 49ers will interview Jackson in Cincinnati on Sunday, a source said. He originally was scheduled to speak with the Browns and Dolphins as well, but obviously his list of suitors has been reduced. The 49ers also interviewed Jackson in 2011, the year they hired Jim Harbaugh, and he is believed to be a frontrunner for the job.
Jackson instead was hired by the Raiders, who finished 8-8. He was fired after the season and replaced by Dennis Allen.
Jackson worked with current 49ers receivers coach Adam Henry in Oakland. Henry served as his tight ends coach.