Competition heats up for offensive coordinators

Mike Singletary knew what he wanted, even if he did not know whom he wanted.

There has been a lot of conversation recently about why Singletary would fire Mike Martz without having a successor ready to roll. It is quite simple: Singletary did not want Martz as his offensive coordinator.


For that reason, Singletary does not regret his decision to fire Martz. He is having a difficult time filling the position, to be sure. But that does not change Singletary’s goal of getting somebody into that position who shares an offensive philosophy that is more in-step with his own.


Singletary felt it was necessary to fire Martz. He did not view Martz as a long-term solution. He wants a more meat-and-potatoes approach to offense. If Singletary had somebody in mind for the job, it is clear he was unable to hire him. After all, Singletary offered the job to Scott Linehan last week, and Linehan declined the position.


The search continues this week at the Senior Bowl. Singletary said Sunday that the right person for the 49ers is out there. However, as offensive coordinator candidates continue to be picked off around the league, his options are dwindling.


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Out of the picture

Linehan: Declined 49ers job offer.

Rick Dennison: Retained on Broncos staff as offensive line coach.

Jeremy Bates: Accepted job with USC.

Mike McCoy: Named Broncos offensive coordinator.

Greg Knapp: Named Seahawks offensive coordinator.

Brian Daboll: Named Browns offensive coordinator.

Pete Carmichael Jr.: Promoted to Saints offensive coordinator.


Hot names

Rob Chudzinski: Interviewed with 49ers, but also reportedly considered for Buccaneers job.

Pat Shurmur: Reportedly atop Rams list.

Hue Jackson: Linked to jobs with the Bengals and Jets.

Brian Schottenheimer: Might remain with Jets, but also mentioned as candidate for Lions offensive coordinator.

Chan Gailey: Remains in limbo with Chiefs, and rumored candidate for Bucs job.


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