49ers assistants free to interview for head-coaching jobs

December 31, 2012, 10:15 am
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Already, seven NFL teams have reportedly fired their head coaches.

On the morning after the conclusion of the regular season, Chicago (Lovie Smith), Buffalo (Chan Gailey), Kansas City (Romeo Crennel), Philadelphia (Andy Reed), Cleveland (Pat Shurmur), Arizona (Ken Whisenhunt), and San Diego (Norv Turner) fired their head coaches.

There's no word, yet, on whether any 49ers assistant coaches will be considered for those openings. But this is the week in which there could be interviews.

Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that have byes in the first weekend of the playoffs may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of the wild-card games. The 49ers secured the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs and a first-round bye with a victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, coupled with Green Bay's loss at Minnesota.

Offensive coordinator Greg Roman, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and special-teams coordinator Brad Seely could attract attention for NFL openings.

Teams are not allowed to deny permission to assistant coaches to interview for head-coaching positions.

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