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49ers’ coaching search continues minus Holmgren

Mike Holmgren said he’d like to coach the 49ers but that the team hasn’t approached him about the job.
Mike Holmgren said he’d like to coach the 49ers but that the team hasn’t approached him about the job. Appleton Post-Crescent

The 49ers’ coaching search entered its second week Monday and likely will enter a third as the team continues to interview candidates.

As it stands, the search committee has yet to meet with a minority candidate, which is required of all NFL teams seeking a new head coach or general manager under the so-called Rooney Rule.

John Wooten of the Fritz Pollard Alliance said Monday that 49ers general manager Trent Baalke told him the team plans to visit with defensive coordinators Teryl Austin of Detroit and Todd Bowles of Arizona to comply with the rule.

Austin is scheduled to meet with the 49ers on Thursday, the NFL Network reported. Bowles’ agent said he plans to visit San Francisco on Friday. Because teams are discouraged from upstaging the playoff games on the weekend, the 49ers’ announcement on their next coach likely won’t occur until Monday at the earliest.

The 49ers already have spoken with their defensive coordinator, Vic Fangio; former Denver, Washington and Raiders coach Mike Shanahan; former New York Jets coach Rex Ryan; Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn; Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase; and New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

The team has yet to set up an interview with defensive-line coach Jim Tomsula, his agent said Monday. Tomsula served as the 49ers’ interim coach for the final game in 2010 and is believed to be a candidate.

It’s unclear whether the front office’s familiarity with Tomsula, San Francisco’s defensive-line coach since 2007, means a formal interview is unnecessary. He interviewed last year for Minnesota’s head-coaching job, which went to Mike Zimmer.

Meanwhile, another ex-coach who is interested in the 49ers’ vacancy said he hasn’t been contacted.

San Francisco native Mike Holmgren, 66, spent six seasons as an offensive assistant with the 49ers under Bill Walsh and George Seifert before becoming a head coach with Green Bay and Seattle.

Holmgren told KJR radio in Seattle that other teams have approached him about head-coaching positions and the 49ers are the only one that could get him back on the sideline. But they haven’t made an overture.

Asked if his personalty is too big to mesh with the 49ers’ current management structure, Holmgren said, “We don’t know. I don’t know. That’s beside the point now. The important thing is, it’s done.”

As for Shanahan, many league observers believe his hiring would include a package deal with his son Kyle, who served as his father’s offensive coordinator in Washington from 2010 to 2013 and has a good reputation for his work with quarterbacks.

The 49ers have not interviewed Kyle Shanahan, now Cleveland’s offensive coordinator. Would he be able to make a lateral move into the 49ers’ coordinator job if his father becomes head coach? That usually doesn’t happen but could if the younger Shanahan makes it clear he doesn’t want to stay with the Browns.

Mike Shanahan also is being considered by the Raiders and Buffalo for their head-coaching vacancies. The Bills want to interview Kyle Shanahan, ESPN reported Monday.

If Fangio becomes the 49ers’ head coach, he probably will elevate secondary coach Ed Donatell to defensive coordinator. Fangio would have several options at offensive coordinator, including former Chicago coach Marc Trestman and current Dallas offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

Another possibility is ex-Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski, an offensive assistant with Indianapolis who served as offensive coordinator with Cleveland and Carolina.

Chudzinski shares an agent with Fangio. Chudzinski also was Frank Gore’s offensive coordinator at the University of Miami. The 49ers are trying to convince Gore to sign a contract extension.

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