Jan. 25, 2011STANFORD PAGEScott Reiss and Matt Maiocco
Independent NFL and Stanford sources have told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area that former 49ers linebackers coach Jason Tarver is the leading candidate to replace Vic Fangio as the Cardinals defensive coordinator.
Tarver spent the past 10 seasons with the 49ers, initially joining Steve Mariucci's staff in 2001 as offensive quality control coach. Dennis Erickson retained him in 2003 and '04, giving him a promotion to assistant running backsoffensive assistant.Mike Nolan kept Tarver on the 49ers' staff in 2005 as outside linebackerscoach, a position he held the past six seasons.Tarver earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Santa Clara in 1997. Healso earned his master's degree in biochemistry and molecular biology fromUCLA and received the departmental prize for distinguished teaching in 1998and 2000.
RELATED: 49ers announce Fangio hireFangio, who served as Stanford's defensive coordinator in 2010 under JimHarbaugh, accepted the same position on Harbaugh's 49ers' coaching staff.Fangio interviewed for the Cardinal's head-coaching position -- a job thatwent to former offensive coordinator David Shaw.REWIND: Stanford names Shaw head football coach
In other 49ers coaching news, assistant offensive line coach Ray Brown, aformer Pro Bowl player with the organization, accepted a similar positionwith the Carolina Panthers.Brown was slated to be the 49ers' third offensive line coach, along withMike Solari and Tim Drevno, had he chosen to remain with the 49ers.Also, former 49ers assistant special-teams coach Dave Fipp accepted theposition with the Miami Dolphins, a source told CSN.More details to follow as we continue to pursue this story.