The 49ers confirmed that former Cowboys coach Chan Gailey will be the first to interview for the the vacant offensive coordinator position. Mike Nolan on Thursday also said the team was interested in Cam Cameron, Brian Billick and Mike Martz, although new general manager Scot McCloughan has said that Martz is not a serious candidate.
Nolan and Gailey both were defensive and special teams assistants with the Denver Broncos in the late 1980s. He left the NFL for head coaching jobs with the World League (Birmingham Fire) and Samford University, then returned to the NFL as the Steelers' receivers coach in 1994. He ran Pittburgh's offense in 1996 and '97 and following that season he was hired by the Cowboys to take over for Barry Switzer. He was released after two seasons in Dallas and became the Dolphins offensive coordinator in 2000 and 2001. He spent the last six seasons as head coach at Georgia Tech but was dismissed in November after a 7-5 season.
Gailey's Steelers' offense ranked 15th in '96 and 6th in '97. His Dolphins also improved, going from 26th in 2000 to 21st in 2001.
-- Matt Barrows