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January 20, 2009
Jagodzinski back in the fold for OC

MOBILE, AL-- Jeff Jagodzinski is back in the fold as a candidate for the 49ers' vacant offensive coordinator position. The former Boston College head coach had an impromptu meeting with general manager Scot McCloughan in the stands of the Senior Bowl here in Mobile. He is expected to meet with McCloughan and head coach Mike Singletary this evening. Both are in Mobile to scout prospects at the Senior Bowl. The National Football Post reported on Jan. 12 that Jagodzinski, 45, would be interviewed for the position. That interview, however, didn't occur until the team's first choice for the job, Scott Linehan, declined the offer.


Jagodzinski's resume has a lot of similarities with that of Rick Dennison, the former Broncos assistant the 49ers also interviewed for the position. Dennison was retained by the Broncos last week. Both are well-versed in the West Coast offense and in the zone-blocking rushing style perfected by former Broncos offensive line coach Alex Gibbs. Jagodzinski served as offensive coordinator in Green Bay in 2006 under Mike McCarthy before joining Boston College. He also served as offensive line coach for the Falcons from 2004-2005 under offensive coordinator Greg Knapp. In two years at Boston College, Jagodzinski compiled a 20-8 record. His reputation also is boosted by the success former B.C. quarterback Matt Ryan had as a rookie with Atlanta.

Jagodzinski reportedly interviewed for the New York Jets' head-coaching job early this year, which led to his dismissal at Boston College. The Colts' Clyde Christensen and former Browns offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski also have interviewed for the job. The fact that the 49ers are interviewing more canidates, however, is an indication that neither was deemed an exact fit with the 49ers. Meanwhile, Scott Linehan, the team's first choice for offensive coordinator, will be in Mobile to interview for the Buccaneers' offensive coordinator position.

-- 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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