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49ers blocked in pursuit of some coordinator prospects

Rob Chudzinsk, shown while head coach of the Cleveland Browns, is one of the people the 49ers want to talk to about joining their staff but have been refused permission.
Rob Chudzinsk, shown while head coach of the Cleveland Browns, is one of the people the 49ers want to talk to about joining their staff but have been refused permission. MCT

Some of the 49ers' top prospects for coordinator positions are being protected by their own teams.

Earlier this week, the team requested permission to interview Colts assistant coach Rob Chudzinski, the NFL Network reported. That request, however, was turned down by the Colts, who may have plans to promote Chudzinski, whose current title is special assistant to head coach Chuck Pagano.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported today that Chudzinski's contract will expire next week. That the Colts are not allowing him to interview elsewhere implies that they'd like to retain him. The Rams and Bears also have shown interest.

Meanwhile, the 49ers also have been denied a meeting with Bengals secondary coach Vance Joseph, a league source said. Both the 49ers and Broncos are eyeing Joseph for the role of defensive coordinator. Joseph, 42, got his NFL coaching start with the 49ers in 2005, and he coached alongside Jim Tomsula for four seasons.

Of course, the 49ers also have denied teams interviews with sought-after assistants in the past. The Saints and Buccaneers were interested in secondary coach Ed Donatell in recent seasons. Donatell, however, was under contract and the 49ers barred him from interviewing elsewhere.

Teams can't prevent assistants from interviewing for head-coaching positions. They can deny requests for any other positions.

The 49ers also are considering Eric Mangini and Jason Tarver for the role of defensive coordinator. It's not known who the top choice for offensive coordinator is. Lane Kiffin and Mike Shanahan both have been mentioned in connection to the job.

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