49ers OC Search: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation Surrounding Position

Scott PolacekFeatured Columnist

This is a 2015 photo of Curtis Modkins of the Detroit Lions NFL football team. This image reflects the Detroit Lions active roster as of Thursday, May 7, 2015 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)
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The San Francisco 49ers already made waves this offseason when they hired Chip Kelly to be their new head coach, and they are potentially interested in another noteworthy name for the vacant offensive coordinator position.

The team is reportedly set to hire former Detroit Lions running back coach Curtis Modkins, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter

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Lynn Removes Name from 49ers' Search

Friday, Jan. 22

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports reported Buffalo Bills assistant head coach and running backs coach Anthony Lynn has removed himself from consideration for 49ers offensive coordinator.

49ers Reportedly Contacted Lane Kiffin

Tuesday, Jan. 19

According to Jennifer Lee Chan of SB Nation's Niner Nation, the "49ers contacted Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin to discuss the possibility of him joining Chip Kelly's coaching staff in the same job title, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The specifics are unclear as to exactly what happened, but contact was made."

Chan mentioned the 49ers actually discussed the offensive coordinator position with Kiffin before the 2015 season, although he decided to stay with Alabama. Considering the Crimson Tide are coming off a national title and should be among the nation's best college football teams again in 2016, the lure of Tuscaloosa is likely still strong even if San Francisco is interested.

The 49ers certainly need a boost on offense if they plan on competing in the NFC West next season. They finished an abysmal 31st in the league in total yards per game and dead last in points per game in 2015 and never realistically had much of a chance to compete with the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks with those totals.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick was benched and eventually lost for the season to injury, and Blaine Gabbert couldn't turn the team around under center.

Kelly is an offensive-minded coach who also uses tempo in his attack, and the hope is his approach will provide some much-needed improvement for San Francisco in those respective categories.

While Chan noted other candidates, such as Ryan Day, have been discussed for the offensive coordinator opening (Ian Rapoport of NFL.com also said Lions run-game coordinator Curtis Modkins is a candidate), perhaps combining Kiffin and Kelly would make the 49ers a faster and more dangerous team in 2016.