The San Francisco 49ers already found their great teacher in long-time defensive line coach Jim Tomsula, but running the offense reportedly might fall under the jurisdiction of Alabama coordinator Lane Kiffin.
Alabama OC Lane Kiffin is a front-runner for 49ers OC job. Colts special assistant to HC Rob Chudzinski also under consideration.
â€” Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 18, 2015
If hired, Kiffin would replace former OC Greg Roman, who moved on to the Buffalo Bills.
Kiffin, a former head coach of the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee and USC at the college level, has spent one season as the Crimson Tide’s coordinator. His schemes played a big role in receiver Amari Cooper’s Heisman Trophy campaign and he helped senior quarterback Blake Sims become one of the top passers in the SEC.
While the defense thrived as one of the best in the NFL, the 49ers offense was the main drawback in its 8-8 season. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick regressed in the first season of his six-year, $110 million contract, posting career-lows in passer rating, yards per attempt and interceptions.
Kiffin or even Chudzinski, who’s work with Indy’s Andrew Luck is likely very appealing to the 49ers, would look to get the most out Kaepernick.
How well Kiffin potential gets along with the 49ers front office could be a major sticking point. During his time as the Raiders head coach Kiffin publicly clashed with late owner Al Davis, and San Francisco just ended what was reportedly a tense relationship with Jim Harbaugh.
As for the two head coach openings left in the league, it appears Gary Kubiak came around and now wants to coach the Denver Broncos, and the Atlanta Falcons are aiming to hire Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.
ESPN’s Schefter also broke the news that Kubiak, who first publicly said he was happy with his role as the Baltimore Ravens OC, would accept the Broncos position if they offered it.
Kubiak met with Denver team president and former teammate John Elway in Houston on Sunday, and an announcement could come as early as Tuesday.
As for the Falcons, they run the risk of waiting on a candidate they won’t even be able to accept a new job until his current team’s season is over. In the case of Quinn and the Seahawks, they could be playing for a second straight Super Bowl two weeks from now.
Atlanta apparently isn’t keeping their desire of Quinn very secret. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the Falcons have said “privately” they intend to hire Quinn. He’s expected to meet with team for a second interview Monday.
It’s been reported that Quinn wants the Falcons opening, but the team was also impressed with Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.