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49ers looking at Benton at offensive line coach

Miami Dolphins offensive line coach John Benton greets Dolphins guard Shelley Smith (66) prior to an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Denver.
Miami Dolphins offensive line coach John Benton greets Dolphins guard Shelley Smith (66) prior to an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Denver. AP

Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers are looking at John Benton for offensive line coach, the only major coaching position they have yet to fill, according to league sources.

From 2003-15, Benton served as offensive line coach for the Rams, Texans and Dolphins. He spent last season as the assistant offensive line coach of the Jaguars (with new defensive coordinator Robert Saleh) before taking a similar position with the Broncos last month. The Broncos, however, are believed to be amenable to letting him take the 49ers' job instead.

Television station 9 News in Denver reported that the Broncos had granted permission for Benton to interview in San Francisco and that “indications” were that Benton would get the job.

Benton was on the same Texans' staff as Shanahan from 2006-2009 and would have worked under Shanahan when the latter became Houston's offensive coordinator in 2008-09. Shanahan will serve as San Francisco's de facto offensive coordinator this year.

Houston's offensive line gave up only 25 sacks (sixth best in the NFL) in 2008 and 30 in 2009. The Texans' rushing attack finished 23rd and 11th in those two seasons.

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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