Rex Ryan, the flamboyant former New York Jets coach, is reportedly scheduled to interview with the 49ers on Sunday for the opportunity to replace coach Jim Harbaugh.
The Jets fired Ryan, 52, this week after six seasons, during which he compiled a 46-50 record. His team did not qualify for the playoffs the past four seasons after taking the Jets to the AFC Championship game in each of his first two years with Mark Sanchez at quarterback.
In the immediate aftermath of the recently completed 4-12 season, the Jets fired Ryan and general manager John Idzik.
Ryan is scheduled to interview with the 49ers on Sunday, according to the NFL Network and New York media reports. Ryan is also expected to interview for the Atlanta Falcons’ opening. Ryan, the son for former NFL coach Buddy Ryan, comes from a defensive background. Before landing the Jets job, he spent four seasons as Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator.
The 49ers have conducted interviews with defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. They have interviews scheduled with Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase and New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. In addition, 49ers defensive line coach Jim Tomsula is considered a strong candidate. The 49ers are expected to set up an interview with Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles as early as next week, if the Cardinals are eliminated from the playoffs.
CEO Jed York, general manager Trent Baalke and president Paraag Marathe are leading the coaching search.
“This is going to be a search that we’re going to conduct with a small group of people involved, a very small group, and we’re going to spend the next several weeks interviewing, seven to 10 days hopefully, and hopefully be in a position to make a decision at that point in time,” Baalke said on Monday. “But we’re going to take as long as necessary to make sure that we have the right person in place.”