The 49ers are the only team in the NFL that is still without both an offensive and defensive coordinator, and for the second time in the last two days, it sounds like a strong candidate for one of those positions will no longer be in the mix. According to Alex Marvez of FOX Sports (Twitter link), Bills assistant head coach and running backs coach Anthony Lynn has withdrawn from consideration for San Francisco’s OC job.
While there had been no indication that the Niners preferred Lynn to other candidates for the position, such as Ryan Day or Curtis Modkins, the Bills assistant has certainly been the hotter name this winter, having interviewed for a pair of head coaching openings earlier in the month. Marvez’s report comes on the heels of Thursday’s news that Mike Vrabel had declined the 49ers’ offer to become their defensive coordinator.
As the Niners continue their search for offensive and defensive coordinators, having crossed a pair of names off their lists, let’s round up a few more items out of San Francisco….
- According to Marvez (via Twitter), the 49ers have made one coaching addition today, hiring former Giants offensive line coach Pat Flaherty for the same position in San Francisco. We heard several hours ago that the Niners were also considering Bob Bostad for that job.
- Although he’s typically not very transparent, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke seemed to make it pretty clear this week that Colin Kaepernick remains in the club’s plans for 2016, writes Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. Pressed on whether the team was ready to lock in Kaepernick’s $11.9MM base salary for next season, Baalke replied, “We signed the contract for a reason. We’re not worried about the financial part of it at this point. What we’re worried about is getting him healthy and ready to compete.”
- This morning, we learned that 49ers linebackers coach Jason Tarver and Ravens linebackers coach Don Martindale are among the candidates receiving consideration for San Francisco’s defensive coordinator job.