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January 19, 2009
Mystery solved: Linehan has other options

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Disptach is reporting that there's a reason why Scott Linehan turned down the 49ers yesterday: He has other suitors. Thomas reports that Linehan is high on the Buccaneers' list of OC candidates and also could garner interest from the Jets. The 49ers, meanwhile, have decided to expand their search and will conduct more interviews from here in Mobile. I don't have any names, but so far none of the canididates are assistants who coached in yesterday's conference championship games. That seems to be an indication that the 49ers weren't bowled over by Clyde Christensen and Rob Chudzinski,

The Senior Bowl weigh-in -- nicknamed the meat market -- was just completed here in Mobile. To get an image of the weigh-in, picture thousands of men packed into a ballroom to watch a swimsuit fashion show. But instead of beautiful young women, it's a bunch of dudes strutting around in their undies. Sorry, their Under Armour undies. Under Armour sponsors everything here. The idea is that scouts and coaches can get a good look at the players' body types. I sat right behind Wade Phillips and Jerry Jones.

The one player who produced a murmur through the crowd was LSU offensive lineman Herman Johnson, who was a tad taller than 6-7 and weighed 382 pounds. He also had hands that measured 11 1/4 inches across and had 36-inch arms. Most arm lengths today were around 30 inches. In fact, after Johnson's arm lenth was announced, Phillips turned to Jones and said in astonishment, "His arms are six inches longer than mine."

Others who stood out -- for good reasons -- were Cal Poly receiver Ramses Barden, who is a very well-proportioned 6-6 and Oklahoma State tight end Brandon Pettigrew, who stood 6-5 and had 10 1/2-inch hands. All three of the USC linebackers here -- Brian Cushing, Clay Mathews and Rey Maualuga -- all passed the eyeball test.

-- 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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