Scott Linehan will not be the 49ers' next offensive coordinator. After being offered the job Thursday afternoon, Linehan notified coach Mike Singletary and general manager Scot McCloughan moments ago that he had to decline their offer. Linehan said he turned down the job due to personal and timing issues: "It was nothing business-related," he said in a short phone interview. "It was 100 percent not economic. They were great. Everything was done with the utmost class. It was more of a personal decision I had come to."
The 49ers interviewed four canidates for the job with Linehan emerging as the leader when he arrived for a second interview on Thursday. He left Friday telling Singletary and McCloughan that he needed to spend the weekend discussing the job with his family."At 45, I look at things a lot differently than when I was 25," he said. "I have a wife. I have three kids."
Linehan's withdrawl means that the 49ers are down to two canidates, Colts receivers coach Clyde Christensen and former Browns offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski. Rick Dennison, who interviewed Monday, was retained by the Denver Broncos. Both Singletary and McCloughan are in Mobile, Ala. for the Senior Bowl. They will meet this evening to discuss the merits of conducting additional interviews there, including with assistants on teams that are playing today.
"I will say this," Linehan said. "Mike Singletary is going to be a huge success. He's too good a person and knows too much about the game to fail."
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Whomever the 49ers hire will be the team's seventh offensive coordinator in as many seasons. Indeed, the revolving door at that position is one of the chief reasons the 49ers have struggled over the same span. Singletary's first big task as head coach is finding someone who not only will lead the offensie effectively, but who will do so for a number of years.
"I believe and have faith in the process we have set forth in our search for an offensive coordinator," Singletary said in a team-issued statement. "While we'd like to fill this position sooner than later, we will remain patient in our approach. The right person for the 49ers is out there."
-- Matt Barrows