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January 24, 2012
Seely to be interviewed for Colts job

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Special teams coach Brad Seely, whose units this year were the best in the NFL, will interview Wednesday for the Indianapolis Colts' head-coaching job, FOX Sports reported this morning. This past season was Seely's first with the 49ers. The 22-year coaching veteran was given the additional title of assistant head coach, and he served as Jim Harbaugh's advisor and sounding board on the sideline on game days.

Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel and Vikings coach Brad Childress already have interviewed, and Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano is scheduled to meet with team officials today.

The 49ers made special teams a priority during the offseason, and they signed Seely, kicker David Akers and coverage ace Blake Costanzo to bolster that approach. Costanzo, who played for Seely with the Browns, also is a free agent and potentially could follow Seely to a new job with the Colts. Two other special teams regulars, C.J. Spillman and Tavares Gooden, also are free agents, although Spillman is an exclusive rights free agent and likely will back with the 49ers.

On Monday, Dallas Morning News columnist Rick Gosselin named the 49ers the league's best special teams in Gosselin's highly respected annual review of the league's special teams units.

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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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