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January 23, 2009
Hue Jackson interviewing for OC spot

Ravens quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson is in the building. Jackson, believed to be a favorite of coach Mike Singletary's, is interviewing for the vacant offensive coordinator position with Singletary and general manager Scot McCloughan.

Jackson, 43, has been an NFL coordinator for two different teams, Washington in 2003 and Atlanta in 2007. Neither offense was very prolific. The Redskins finished 23rd in total offense that season after finishing 20th the year prior. The Falcons also finished 23rd under Jackson after finishing 12th in total offense in 2006. However, there were plenty of extenuating circumstances that season, including Michael Vick's dog-fighting saga and the midseason departure of head coach Bobby Petrino.

Prior to joining the Falcons, Jackson was the receivers coach for the Bengals, mentoring one of the best tandems at the time, Chad Johnson and T. J. Houshmandzadeh. He also has served as offensive coordinator for two college programs, USC from 1997-2000 and Cal in1996.

Jackson is the sixth candidate to officially interview for the position. The others are Colts receivers coach Clyde Christensen, former Browns coordinator Rob Chudzinski, Broncos assistant Rick Dennison, former Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski and former Rams coach Scott Linehan. Linehan was offered the job but declined. He is now reported to be interested in becoming the Raiders offensive coordinator.

****UPDATE***** ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that Linehan has agreed to run the Lions' offense. Linehan likely would have have more control over his staff in Detroit than in San Francisco. He also is considerably closer to his family in St. Louis. ... The Lions will visit San Francisco this season...

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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