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The 49ers have made contact with at least four teams to request permission to speak with candidates to replace coach Jim Harbaugh.
Former 49ers assistant coaches Adam Gase and Dan Quinn are on the 49ers’ list, according to multiple reports.
Gase, the Denver Broncos’ offensive coordinator, spent 2008 as the 49ers’ quarterbacks coach under offensive coordinator Mike Martz. The Broncos own the NFL's fourth-ranked offense.
Quinn was originally hired as Steve Mariucci’s quality control coach in 2001. Two years later, he was promoted to defensive line coach and spent both seasons on Dennis Erickson’s staff. He has served as the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive coordinator the past two seasons. The Seahawks defense ranks No. 1 in the league.
Every team with a coaching opening has contacted the Arizona Cardinals to request permission to speak with defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, the Arizona Republic reported on Tuesday. The 49ers, Raiders, New York Jets, Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons have head-coaching vacancies.
The 49ers also requested permission to speak interview New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, according to reports.
McDaniels, 38, was 11-17 in two turbulent seasons as head coach of the Denver Broncos. Coming off that experience, McDaniels declined to interview for the 49ers’ opening in 2011, reportedly due to concern about the unproven structure of a 49ers management team consisting of CEO Jed York and general manager Trent Baalke.
NFL rules permit coaches from teams with playoff byes to interview for head-coaching openings this week. The 49ers are permitted to conduct interviews this week with Gase, Quinn and McDaniels.
Also, Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is on the 49ers’ list of candidates, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. It is not known if the 49ers have requested permission to speak with Shanahan.
The two in-house candidates are believed to be defensive line coach Jim Tomsula and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.