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49ers lose out on Chudzinski as offensive coordinator

Rob Chudzinski isn’t going anywhere.

The man the 49ers were eyeing as their next offensive coordinator will remain in Indianapolis after the Colts on Tuesday gave him the title of associate head coach. The Colts had blocked Chudzinski from interviewing with other teams, but his contract expired Monday, which gave the 49ers hope he’d be available.

Now the team is moving on to other options.

One of them is Steve Logan, who was head coach Jim Tomsula’s offensive coordinator with the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe in 2006. A league source said Tomsula likely would add Logan, 61, to his staff either as the coordinator or as quarterbacks coach.

Logan coached alongside Tomsula in Europe for three seasons, first with the Berlin Thunder and then for one season with the Fire. He is the second coach with an NFL Europe background that Tomsula will add to his staff. The 49ers hired Thomas McGaughey, who was on the 2002 Scottish Claymores staff with Tomsula, as the special-teams coordinator.

Logan is best known as East Carolina University’s head coach, his title from 1992 to 2002. At East Carolina, he worked with two quarterbacks, Jeff Blake and David Garrard, who went on to play in the NFL.

In 2007, after his stint in NFL Europe, he was the offensive coordinator at Boston College, where he coached Matt Ryan, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2008 draft.

Logan’s next stop was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he was the running backs coach from 2009 to 2011. He has been out of coaching since.

Another option at offensive coordinator for the 49ers is Geep Chryst, who has served as their quarterbacks coach for the past four years. Chryst is one of the few coaches from Jim Harbaugh’s staff the 49ers retained, but they have not yet assigned him a role.

He’s mostly served as either a quarterbacks coach or tight ends coach in the NFL. In 1999-2000, however, he was San Diego’s offensive coordinator under head coach Mike Riley. The Chargers went 8-8 in 1999 but were historically bad the following season. They finished 1-15, and with a running-back crew that featured lightly regarded tailbacks Jermaine Fazande and Terrell Fletcher, Chryst’s offense finished with just 1,062 rushing yards, which ranked last in the league and at that time was the lowest output of any NFL team ever in a 16-game season.

Harbaugh, who was a backup quarterback for the Chargers that season, accounted for 24 of those yards.

Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach are the two most prominent positions Tomsula and the 49ers have yet to fill, although Chryst and Logan could wind up in those spots when the search is complete.

Other areas that remain unsettled are defensive-line coach and secondary coach. A candidate for the latter, longtime New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, opted to become Washington’s secondary coach instead. Fewell is from the East Coast and his family is established in New Jersey.

The 49ers plan to hire one of Tomsula’s protégés, Aubrayo Franklin, as an assistant defensive coach. Franklin, who played nose tackle for San Francisco from 2007 to 2010, would fill an entry-level position under a more experienced defensive-line coach. Franklin, 34, played for the Colts in 2013, his last season in the league.

The 49ers have had internal discussions about adding another former player, Bryant Young, to the staff. Young, however, last year left his job as the University of Florida’s defensive-line coach because of a family matter that he is still dealing with.

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