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January 27, 2009
Ravens' Jackson returns for second interview

Hue Jackson, the Ravens' quarterbacks coach, is in for his second interview today for the 49ers' offensive coordinator position. Mike Johnson, a former Ravens wide receivers coach and Falcons quarterbacks coach, is interviewing for the 49ers' quarterbacks coach position. The last person who got a second interview, Scott Linehan, was offered the job that day.

Jackson, 43, has been an NFL coordinator for two different teams, Washington in 2003 and Atlanta in 2007. 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. Jackson recently has received praise for the work he did in preparing Ravens rookie quarterback Joe Flacco this season.

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.

Johnson, meanwhile, is intriguing because he could be a potential heir to Jackson at offensive coordinator. Johnson, 41, is a former quarterback at Arizona State and Akron who played for the Cardinals for one season (1990) before joining the World League and the CFL. His first NFL coaching job was with the Chargers in 2000. He was the Falcons receivers coach in 2002. He became Atlanta's quarterbacks coach -- mentoring Vick -- the following season and held that job before joining the Ravens as receivers coach in 2006.

Johnson was released by the Ravens when new coach John Harbaugh was hired last year. Johnson also has reportedly drawn interest from the Jets for their vacant receivers coach 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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