San Francisco 49ers OC Search: Latest Rumors, Speculation on Vacant Position

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJanuary 15, 2015

San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York, left, looks on as general manager Trent Baalke, right, speaks during a news conference at 49ers football headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
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The San Francisco 49ers are in the market for a new offensive coordinator. Former Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski was considered one of the top candidates, however, Indianapolis blocked the 49ers' attempt to interview Chudzinski before it was revealed he was staying with the Colts. Most recently, Steve Logan and Eagles wide receiver coach Bob Bicknell have been added to the mix. On Jan. 28, a report surfaced that Geep Chryst will be given the job. 

Continue for updates. 


Chryst Reportedly to Be Named OC

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports that Geep Chryst will be named the next 49ers offensive coordinator:


Logan, Bicknell Join OC Mix

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Albert Breer of NFL.com reported that two new names have joined the mix for the 49ers' offensive coordinator job: 

Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com added that Tomsula and Bicknell "spoke about [the] 49ers OC job" and that "Bicknell wants to stay."


Chudzinski Staying with Colts Despite 49ers' Interest

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Chudzinski re-signed with the Colts and was named associate head coach, despite Chudzinski receiving interest from other organizations, the team announced. Head ooach Chuck Pagano released a statement on the team's official website: 

We’re excited to keep Chud in our family. He’s been a critical part of our operation and we’re looking forward to sharing even more success in the future.

Adam Caplan of ESPN weighed in on the news as it impacts the 49ers:

On Jan. 25, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the 49ers still wanted to speak with Chudzinski, though Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported on Jan. 21 the Colts blocked Chudzinski from interviewing with other organizations.

On Jan. 18, Schefter reported Chudzinski was under consideration from the 49ers.


Kiffin Rules Out 49ers Move

Saturday, Jan. 24

Alabama football's official Twitter feed reported Saturday that Lane Kiffin will remain with the Crimson Tide:

On Jan. 18, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Kiffin was the front-runner for the 49ers' offensive coordinator position.


49ers Begin OC Hunt

Thursday, Jan. 15

With the San Francisco 49ers basically cleaning out all remnants of the old coaching staff under Jim Harbaugh, the team is exploring all options. One area of need that could be resolved quickly is the offensive coordinator. 

According to Matt Maiocco of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, former Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski is the main target to lead the offense:

Cam Inman of The Bay Area News Group also notes there's a possible connection between one of the 49ers' players and Chudzinski:

The only question is if Frank Gore, who is a free agent, will return to San Francisco. He did have over 1,000 yards rushing last season, but is also 31 years old and Carlos Hyde is waiting for his chance to be the No. 1 guy. 

Chudzinski spent one year as head coach in Cleveland during the 2013 season before being fired after a 4-12 campaign. He's been in the NFL since 2004, starting as a tight ends coach with the Browns. He moved up to offensive coordinator in 2007 and moved to the same position with Carolina for two years in 2011-12. 

The job with Carolina is likely a feather in Chudzinski's cap for the 49ers, as he worked with Cam Newton during his first two seasons. Colin Kaepernick boasts a similar skill set, and Newton's two most productive seasons came under Chudzinski's watch. 

Greg Roman, who was named the Bills' offensive coordinator after the regular season, drew scrutiny this season as the 49ers struggled to find continuity on offense. Whoever steps in for the 49ers will need to find a rhythm the offense was sorely lacking in 2014.

Even though there is still talent to compete for a playoff spot next season, the 49ers are in a transitional period. They need to make the right decisions for the coaching staff if they want hang with Seattle, Arizona and St. Louis in a loaded NFC West. 

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