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January 15, 2009
Linehan in for second interview

NFL.com's Adam Schefter is reporting that Scott Linehan is heading into Santa Clara this afternoon for his second interview with Mike Singletary and Scot McCloughan. Linehan, the former Rams coach, also interviewed on Friday. I'm trying to confirm this with the 49ers, but if you'll recall, Schefter was on target when he reported Linehan's first visit.

1:03 p.m. I've confirmed that Linehan indeed is heading in for Round 2. One only can assume this means that he is the leader in the clubhouse ...

7:30 p.m. Just spoke with Linehan. He's in the middle of negotiations. Nothing's set in stone yet, but it seems close.

Let's assume Linehan gets the job. Who would he bring in as quarterbacks coach? One possibility is Terry Shea, 62, who was his QBs coach last season in St. Louis. Shea was quarterbacks coach with the Dolphins the two seasons prior, and he also coached the quarterbacks during two stints on the Chiefs' staff. He was offensive coordinator for the Bears in 2004. Shea also has been a college head coach, at San Jose State and at Rutgers. Or the 49ers could hire Linehan and one of the potential QB coaches, Rip Scherer or Pat McPherson, they've interviewed in the last two days.

Linehan became the Vikings offensive coordinator in 2002 and the Dolphins offensive coordinator in 2005. He took over the Rams in 2006.

Year.................total offense............rushing...........passing .........Points

Minn. 2001.........12th......................25th...................7th..................290
Minn. 2002..........2nd.......................1st.....................9th..................390
Minn. 2003..........1st.......................4th.....................4th...................416
Minn. 2004..........4th.......................18th....................2nd.................405

Miami 2004.........29th......................31st...................21st.................275
Miami 2005.........14th.....................12th....................16th.................318

St Louis 2005.......9th......................22nd....................4th..................363
St Louis 2006.......6th......................17th.....................4th..................367
St Louis 2007.......24th.....................25th....................19th................263

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW 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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