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Reports: 49ers to talk with Mike Shanahan, Bills’ Anthony Lynn

The 49ers are scheduled to meet with former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan about their head-coaching vacancy for the second straight year.
The 49ers are scheduled to meet with former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan about their head-coaching vacancy for the second straight year. AP

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers will speak with at least one coach they surveyed last year for their head-coaching job -- Mike Shanahan.

ESPN initially reported the ex-Broncos head coach will meet with team officials on Wednesday before amending that report to say the two sides will talk over the phone. The 49ers interviewed Shanahan in Denver for six hours last January. He was one of nine known candidates for a job that ultimately went to Jim Tomsula.

Jed York, the 49ers’ CEO, is in New York this week as part of owners meeting related to the Los Angeles market. The first round of interviews may take place there.

The 49ers also want to set up an interview with Bills running backs coach Anthony Lynn, according to a report from ESPN. Lynn holds the title of assistant head coach in Buffalo and is scheduled to interview for the Dolphins’ head-coach opening on Wednesday.

Lynn, 46, played running back for San Francisco from 1995-96 where he rushed 26 times for 175 yards. He also played for the Broncos before becoming an NFL running backs coach in 2003. He interviewed for the Jets head-coaching job last year.

He also spent time as running backs coach with Jacksonville (2003-04), Dallas (2005-06), Cleveland (2007-08) and the Jets (2009-14). In that way, Lynn is a disciple of sorts of Bill Parcells, who coached the Cowboys when Lynn was on that staff.

Shanahan, 63, falls under Bill Walsh’s coaching tree because he worked for Walsh’s lieutenant, George Seifert, and he operated Walsh’s West Coast offense in San Francisco from 1992-94. Shanahan also coached the Raiders (1988-89) before winning two Super Bowls in Denver in the late 1990s.

His most recent stint, in Washington, ended two years ago with a 24-41 record, including playoffs, and one postseason trip in four years. Shanahan has not coached since 2013. He also has interviewed for the Dolphins’ opening.

The 49ers also have asked permission to interview Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson. That session likely will occur on Sunday after Jackson -- who also is being pursued by the Dolphins and Browns -- coaches in a divisional playoff game against the Steelers.

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

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