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49ers reportedly looked at Marrone for head-coaching job

FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2014, file photo, then-Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone watches from the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. The Jacksonville Jaguars hired the former Bills coach on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, as assistant head coach and offensive line coach.
FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2014, file photo, then-Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone watches from the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. The Jacksonville Jaguars hired the former Bills coach on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, as assistant head coach and offensive line coach. AP

Add former Bills coach Doug Marrone to the list of candidates the 49ers interviewed for their head-coaching job.

FOX Sports today reported the 49ers looked at Marrone, who opted out of his contract with the Bills, for the job that went to in-house candidate Jim Tomsula. Marrone today accepted a position as the Jaguars assistant head coach/offensive line coach.

The 49ers conducted their search in secrecy, and it's likely they spoke with other unknown candidates aside from Marrone.

They are now trying to fill out Tomsula's staff in the same manner. The only outside candidate known to have interviewed is former Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver, who spent four years alongside Tomsula on the 49ers' staff. It's not known whether the team is eying Tarver for the defensive coordinator opening or for another spot.

Rob Chudzinski and Lane Kiffin have been mentioned in connection to the offensive coordinator position. It's not known whether interviews have been set up.

General manager Trent Baalke is currently in Mobile, Ala. to scout players at the Senior Bowl. Tomsula remains in Santa Clara. According to CSNPhilly.com, Baalke had a conversation today with former 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble.

Gamble left the team two years ago to join the Eagles' staff, from which he was ousted last month. The 49ers replaced Gamble with Joel Patton, who left the team last year. His position has not been filled.

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