SANTA CLARA -– New 49ers coach Jim Tomsula intimated following his Thursday press conference that he has an eye on at least one assistant whose team is playing in the conference championship games on Sunday.
Perhaps, the most likely target to join Tomsula’s staff is Rob Chudzinski, 46, the special assistant to Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano. Chudzinkski is believed to be considered a strong candidate as offensive coordinator. But the 49ers are not allowed to gain permission to interview him until the Colts’ season concludes. The Colts face the New England Patriots on Sunday in the AFC Championship game.
"If there's somebody that's doing something really interesting (and) you know that's it, but it's tampering, so you don't want to do that," Tomsula said. "So you have to wait, and that's just right. But then if there's somebody else you can get right now, what do you do there? Do you hedge your bet?"
Mike Shanahan, 62, who last coached Washington in 2013 reportedly was still “in play” for the 49ers’ offensive coordinator position on Friday, reported Dianna Marie Russini of NBC4 in Washington. Two NFL sources confirmed the 49ers had talks with Shanahan about a position on Tomsula's staff.
Chudzinski was offensive coordinator at the University of Miami when Frank Gore was still in college. He served as offensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns in 2007 and ’08 before moving on to the San Diego Chargers, where he was assistant head coach/tight ends under Norv Turner.
Chudzinski parlayed his success with Cam Newton as the offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers in 2011 and ’12 into a head-coaching job with the Browns. After a 4-12 season, Chudzinski was fired and ended up on the Colts staff.