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Names & notes: The latest on 49ers’ coaching moves

The 49ers would like to talk to former Browns coach Rob Chudzinski about running their offense.
The 49ers would like to talk to former Browns coach Rob Chudzinski about running their offense. AP

The 49ers are the only team in the league with three coordinator spots currently vacant. They are one of two teams -- the Rams are the other -- without an offensive coordinator. Still, moves have been made while others are in the works.

Here is the latest, which includes facts, likely scenarios and scuttlebutt ....

Offensive coordinator: The 49ers want to talk with Rob Chudzinski, whose contract in Indianapolis expires next week. Do the Colts keep Chudzinski by making him an offer he can't refuse? Working with Andrew Luck is a draw, but Pep Hamilton is currently the offensive coordinator. Who pops free – Chudzinski? Hamilton? Chuck Pagano? -- if there is a reshuffling in Indy? Meanwhile, Lane Kiffin and Mike Shanahan have been mentioned in connection with this job. More on Shanahan below.

Quarterbacks: The 49ers retained Geep Chryst, who held this position the last four years, but have not defined his role. They also are allowing him to talk to other teams. The Bears and Raiders have shown interest. Chryst's son, Keller, is a highly-regarded freshman quarterback at Stanford. You would assume that Geep Chryst would want to stay in the Bay Area. Chryst also is a possibility at offensive coordinator, something he did in 1999-2000 with the Chargers.

Offensive line: The 49ers reportedly reached a deal with Chris Foerster last week, but the team has not announced the move (or any move). Foerster, however, has been seen around the building, implying that it's a done deal. Foerster is regarded as one of the top offensive line coaches in the league. Joe Staley, who worked under Foerster in 2008-09, is particularly happy about the hire. Foerster is adept at coaching stretch-running schemes, something Washington successfully employed when he was the offensive line coach there. One league observer noted that Foerster would not commit to a job unless he knew who the offensive coordinator would be. The observer wondered if Shanahan, who was Foerster's boss in Washington, is still a possibility with the 49ers.

Ass't offensive line: The 49ers reportedly have a deal with ex-Youngstown State head coach Eric Wolford. He, too, has been seen in the building.

Tight ends: The 49ers are interested in bringing in ex-Dolphins and -Raiders head coach Tony Sparano for this spot. Sparano has coached the offensive line and tights previously in his career. Chryst also has coached tight ends in the past.

Wide receivers: The 49ers denied a request from Buffalo (Greg Roman) to interview offensive assistant Ronald Curry, who is a former receiver and who has worked with that group. However, the team isn't believed to be looking at Curry for the role of receivers coach. Jim Tomsula has shown interest in former NFL Europe colleague Bob Bicknell, who currently coaches receivers for the Eagles.

Running backs: The 49ers have retained Tom Rathman, an ex-49ers fullback who has coached running backs for 12 seasons total.

Defensive coordinator: It appears that Eric Mangini is poised to land this position. They would have liked to speak with Cincinnati secondary coach Vance Joseph, who is currently being blocked from interviews by the Bengals. Johnson got his coaching start in San Francisco. However, he also has ties to Colorado, where he played in college and where he coached following his playing career. The Broncos also want to talk to him about being their defensive coordinator.

Defensive line: The 49ers have had internal discussions about Bryant Young, a star defensive lineman from 1994-2007. Young, however, left his job as the University of Florida's defensive line coach due to a personal matter that he is still dealing with, and he is not considered a candidate as of now. It's not known whom the team is considering for this post.

Linebackers: The team reached a deal with ex-Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver. He coached the 49ers' outside linebackers for six seasons and likely will concentrate on this area again. The team is expected to sign a separate coach to work with inside linebackers.

Secondary: Perry Fewell, who has been the Giants defensive coordinator for the past six seasons, will interview with the 49ers, NBC4 reports. Fewell coached defensive backs for eight years and could be a fit at this spot. It’s also possible that Ejiro Evero, a former UC Davis safety who has been a lower-level assistant in recent years, will be an assistant secondary coach for the upcoming season.

Special teams coordinator: The 49ers are believed to be zeroing in on ex-Jets special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey, who worked with Tomsula in NFL Europe. It’s not known whether McGaughey would bring Louie Aguiar, his assistant with the Jets, to Santa Clara.

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