The 49ers’ visit to Denver to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase also will include a meeting with ex-Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, The Denver Post reported Thursday.
Shanahan, 62, won two Super Bowls in Denver and also has coached the Raiders (1988-89) and in Washington (2010-13). He was the 49ers offensive coordinator under George Seifert from 1992-94, a span that included a Super Bowl title.
Team CEO Jed York, President Paraag Marathe and general manager Trent Baalke are conducting the head-coach search. A day after parting ways with Jim Harbaugh, York and Baalke stressed that they were looking for a “teacher” to coach the team and drew strong allusions to former 49ers coach Bill Walsh.
Shanahan technically falls under Walsh’s coaching tree having served under Walsh’s lieutenant, Seifert, and having operated Walsh’s west coast offense. Harbaugh also ran a version of the west coast system, which would mean that, at least as far as lexicon, there would not be much of a learning curve with a Shanahan-run team.
The 36-year-olds Gase, meanwhile, has been the Broncos offensive coordinator the last two seasons. The 49ers will meet with him Friday.
The 49ers also have interviewed their own defensive coordinator, Vic Fangio and Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. They reportedly have interest in Shanahan’s son, Kyle, who is the Browns offensive coordinator. They’ve also requested meetings with Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. The Lions finished second in total defense this season.
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