Ex-49ers O-line coach lands with Jaguars

Ex-49ers O-line coach lands with Jaguars

Pat Flaherty, the 49ers’ offensive line coach under Chip Kelly, was hired Saturday to Doug Marrone’s staff with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

CEO Jed York has given all of the 49ers’ coaches and scouts permission to seek employment with organizations during the team’s search for a new coach and general manager. York said the new coach and GM will have the power to assemble their own staffs.

Before joining Kelly’s staff, Flaherty, 60, coached the New York Giants’ offensive line for 13 seasons under Tom Coughlin. The Giants won Super Bowl titles following the 2007 and 2011 seasons.

The Jaguars announced this week Coughlin was returning to the organization as executive vice president of football operations.

“Pat Flaherty not only has 17 years of NFL coaching experience, he also has helped several offensive linemen become Pro Bowl players in their careers, such as Chris Snee, Shaun O’Hara and David Diehl,” Coughlin said in a statement. “His work with the Giants’ offensive line helped that team win two Super Bowls. His credentials are impeccable and his vast knowledge and teaching ability will be a great benefit for our offensive linemen.”

The 49ers surrendered 47 sacks this season, ranking 30th in the league. The team ranked fourth in rushing, averaging 126.2 yards per game.

49ers now the only NFL team with no head coach

49ers now the only NFL team with no head coach

Editor's note (5:17 p.m.): The 49ers are now the only NFL team without a head coach as the Chargers officially announed the hiring of Anthony Lynn.

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The 49ers are likely to soon be the final NFL team with a head-coaching vacancy.

The Los Angeles Chargers are in contract negotiations to finalize a contract with Anthony Lynn to become the team’s head coach, the NFL Network reported Thursday evening. Lynn, who finished the season as the Buffalo Bills' interim coach, was the first coaching candidate to interview with the 49ers for the second year in a row.

The leading candidates for the 49ers’ job appear to be New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. The 49ers interviewed Shanahan and McDaniels on Friday and Saturday, respectively, as their teams earned first-round playoff byes.

The 49ers are also scheduled to interview Seattle offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable on Sunday.

The 49ers would not be allowed to hire a coach until his season has concluded. Atlanta and Seattle play in the AFC divisional round on Saturday, while New England meets Houston.

Team executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe are simultaneously conducting a search for the general manager position. The 49ers do not have a set timetable -- or a desired order -- in hiring a general manager or coach.

The 49ers are looking for a coach-general manager pairing that will work well together, York said on Jan. 2.

ESPN analyst Louis Riddick and Green Bay director of football operations Eliot Wolf appear to be connected with McDaniels, while Arizona director of player personnel Terry McDonough appears to favor Shanahan to be his coach. McDonough is scheduled to interview on Friday. Seattle co-directors of player personnel Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer, who are set to interview Monday, are believed to favor Cable.

One source told CSNBayArea.com that the 49ers are high on Green Bay director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst. The belief, according to the source, is the 49ers would be comfortable hiring Gutekunst or Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton to work with either McDaniels or Shanahan.

49ers pool of candidates shrinks as Rams tab next head coach

49ers pool of candidates shrinks as Rams tab next head coach

Former Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay became the youngest head coach in modern NFL history on Thursday.

McVay, 30, was hired as the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, the team announced, leaving the 49ers as one of just two teams with a head-coaching vacancy.

McVay is the grandson of longtime 49ers executive John McVay, an inductee into the organization’s Hall of Fame. The 49ers interviewed McVay on Monday.

The new Los Angeles Chargers, who announced their move from San Diego early Thursday, are the only other NFL team without a head coach.

The 49ers are concurrently conducting a general manager search, along with pursuing a head coach. The 49ers will have their fourth head coach in the past four seasons after going 2-14 and firing Chip Kelly after just one season.

New England Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and Anthony Lynn, who finished the season as Buffalo’s interim head coach, are the remaining candidates among those who have interviewed for the head-coaching job.

Club executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe are scheduled to interview Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough for the general manager position on Friday.

On Sunday, the 49ers are scheduled to interview Seattle offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable for the head-coaching position. The following day, the Seahawks’ co-directors of player personnel Scott Fitterer and Trent Kirchner will interview for the GM job.