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January 26, 2009
Cross Chudzinski off the OC list

Cross Rob Chudzinski's name off the list of potential offensive coordinator candidates for the 49ers. Chudzinski - known around the league as "Chud" - today accepted a job as Norv Turner's tight ends/ass't head coach in San Diego. Chudzinski was the one of the first candidates to interview with Mike Singletary and Scot McCloughan for the 49ers' job. He also was a candidate for offensive coordinator of the Buccaneers, but obviously thought tight ends coach - his specialty - was his best bet. The 49ers have interviewed seven prospective OCs and three have dropped out:

Chudzinski: Took job with the Chargers
Scott Linehan: Took job with the Detroit Lions
Rick Dennison: Remained with the Denver Broncos

Here are the remaining contenders:

Clyde Christensen
Age: 52
Last/current job: Colts receivers coach
Pros:
* Been a component of a consistently excellent passing attack for the last eight seasons.
* Would mesh well with offensive line coach Chris Foerster; They worked together for eight seasons, first in Tampa Bay and later in Indianapolis.
Cons:
* Has not received a call-back since interviewing, which is not a good sign.
* Spent only one season, 2001 in Tampa, as an offensive coordinator.
* Does not come from a smash-mouth system; Indianapolis ranked 31st in rushing this past season.

Hue Jackson
Age: 43
Last/current job: Ravens quarterbacks coach
Pros:
* Has had an array of NFL coaching jobs, including two stints at offensive coordinator.
* Mentored rookie quarterback Joe Flacco, who led his team to the conference championship game this season.
* Would bring with him a proven quarterbacks coach; perhaps former Ravens and Falcons assistant Mike Johnson.
Cons:
* The two offenses he's directed, Washington's in 2003 and Atlanta's in 2007, didn't exactly flourish. Both finished 23rd overall.
* For all the praise he received this season, Flacco had a modest year for the Ravens.
* Jackson would certainly garner interest as a head coach with success in San Francisco.

Jeff Jagodzinski
Age 45
Last job: head coach at Boston College
Pros:
* Very creative; enjoys a great deal of respect around the league.
* Is well-versed in the West Coast offense.
* Has been an offensive-line coach, which ought to be attractive for a head coach who wants to run the ball.
* Would bring an experienced QBs coach, Steve Logan, with him.
Cons:
* Is ambitious and success with the 49ers would lead to head-coaching opportunities
* Not a lot of experience as an NFL offensive coordinator

Dan Reeves
Age 65
Current job: radio analyst
Pros:
* Reeves began coaching in the early 1970s and would provide a wealth of experience to a relatively inexperienced head coach.
* Reeves' patient and nurturing style would mesh well with the quarterbacks on the 49ers' roster.
* The 49ers would not have to worry about Reeves gunning for a head-coaching position.
Cons:
* Reeves hasn't been on the sidelines since the 2003 season; How much of the game has passed him by?
* It's unknown how recently Reeves called plays. The last time he was an offensive coordinator, Jimmy Carter was in the White House.
* Reeves dealt with heart-related issues while head coach of the Falcons

-- Matt Barrows

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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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