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January 9, 2009
Christensen interviews for offensive coordinator

Colts wide receivers coach Clyde Christensen became the first outsider to formally interview for the 49ers offensive coordinator position when he met with Mike Singletary this morning. Christensen, 52, has been the receivers coach in Indianapolis for seven seasons. He also served as the Buccaneers offensive coordinator in 2001. Tampa Bay finished 26th in total offense that season. Formers Rams coach Scott Linehan and former Browns offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski are expected to interview this weekend.

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Christensen spent six seasons at Tampa Bay, coaching the the team's tight ends from 1996-98 and the quarterbacks from 1999-2000. A former quarterback, first at Fresno City Junior College in 1975 and later at North Carolina, Christensen also coached on the collegiate level, including stops at East Carolina, Temple, East Tennessee State and Mississippi.

Before joining Tampa Bay, Christensen spent 1994-95 as co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Clemson. From 1992-93, he served as quarterbacks coach at Maryland. In 1991, Christensen served as running backs coach at South Carolina. He was receivers/tight ends coach at Holy Cross in 1989 before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 1990.

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MATTHEW BARROWS

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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