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January 14, 2009
49ers dial up another Broncos assistant

A day after talking to the Browns' Rip Scherer about the 49ers' quarterbacks coach position, Mike Singletary and Scot McCloughan today had a phone interview with Denver's Pat McPherson, 39, about the same position. Just as Scherer and Rob Chudzinski could make a QBs coach-offensive coordinator tandem for the 49ers, so too could McPherson and Rick Dennison, the Broncos assistant who interviewed for the 49ers' offensive coordinator job earlier this week. The 49ers plan to hire the QBs coach and OC as a package deal.


McPherson (bonus points: He was born in Santa Clara) spent the last two seasons as the Broncos' tight ends coach. McPherson, who is the son of long-time 49ers defensive coach Bill McPherson, also coached the Broncos' quarterbacks from 2003-2006. The 49ers also have discussed Broncos assistant Jeremy Bates, although there are no plans to interview him at this point. Bates was Denver's quarterbacks coach the last two seasons. New Broncos coach Josh McDaniels is still assembling his staff. While he has not ruled out the team's current assistants, they have permission to interview elsewhere.

The McPherson interview douses the speculation that the 49ers are poised to hire Chudzinski as offensive coordinator. Here's another bucket of water: I spoke with someone close to Chudzinski late yesterday, and there was no indication that he and the 49ers were closing in on a deal.

Ronnie Lott, Roger Craig and Dwight Clark will be some of the Bay Area athletes helping to ring in the new Presidential administration Tuesday night at the Metreon in downtown San Francisco. The event, from 6-10 p.m., will include big-screen footage of the inauguration as well as live music.

Stanford basketball player Jennifer Azzi, swimmer Natalie Coughlin, and Golden State Warriors Stephen Jackson, Jamal Crawford, Corey Maggette and Ronny Turiaf also are scheduled to attend. Proceeds will benefit local charities. For ticket information, log onto www.inaugurationwest.com or call 415-771-9271.

-- Matt Barrows

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Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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