As the 49ers took a break from interviews Wednesday, their pool of coaching candidates shrank.
The Buffalo Bills announced they had hired Sean McDermott as their head coach, while the Denver Broncos did the same with Vance Joseph. McDermott, the Carolina Panthers’ former defensive coordinator, met with the 49ers on Monday. The 49ers had a Thursday meeting casually scheduled with Joseph, the Miami Dolphins’ former defensive coordinator. McDermott and Joseph were the only defensive-minded coaches on the 49ers’ list.
The hirings leave three teams – the 49ers, the Los Angeles Rams and San Diego Chargers – without head coaches. The 49ers’ remaining candidates are Seattle Seahawks offensive-line coach Tom Cable, Bills interim coach Anthony Lynn, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay and Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.
All but Cable have met with the 49ers, and he is scheduled for an interview Monday. McVay is believed to have strong interest from the Rams, who requested a second interview with the 30-year-old coordinator and seek a quarterback-savvy head coach who could help Jared Goff.
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The 49ers conducted their recent interviews in New York, where they attended a league meeting on the potential relocation of the Raiders and San Diego Chargers on Wednesday. Jed York, the 49ers’ CEO, is on the NFL’s stadium committee.
3 NFL teams without head coaches (the 49ers, Rams and Chargers)
San Francisco also has added a name to its general manager list, according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area: Terry McDonough, the Arizona Cardinals’ vice president of player personnel.
McDonough comes from a well-known sports family. His father, Will McDonough, was a longtime Boston Globe columnist who also worked at CBS Sports and NBC Sports. One of Terry’s brothers, Ryan McDonough, is general manager of the Phoenix Suns, and his other brother, Sean McDonough, is the play-by-play voice of ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.”
Terry McDonough has been with Arizona for four seasons after spending the previous 10 with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has no obvious ties to the current crop of 49ers head-coaching candidates other than his brother Sean works closely with Jon Gruden on “Monday Night Football” telecasts. Gruden is a mentor to McVay.
The 49ers are expected to interview Seahawks co-directors of player personnel Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer on Sunday for their general manager job. They’ve already met with the Green Bay Packers’ Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst, the Minnesota Vikings’ George Paton, the Panthers’ Brandon Beane, the Indianapolis Colts’ Jimmy Raye III and ESPN analyst Louis Riddick.