Former Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone also reportedly interviewed for the 49ers’ head-coaching job at some point during the 17 days in which the organization was between coaches.
Marrone, who opted out of his contract to collect $4 million, was one of 10 known candidates to interview for the opportunity to replace Jim Harbaugh, Fox Sports reported.
Marrone on Tuesday was announced as the Jacksonville Jaguars assistant head coach/offensive line. Marrone went 15-17 in two seasons as head coach of the Bills.
The 49ers also had covert interviews with defensive line coach Jim Tomsula, who was named as the organization’s 19th head coach on Wednesday.
“We interviewed Jim initially, then we brought him back in for a second interview,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said at the press conference to introduce Tomsula. “And at that time, still were undecided on what direction we wanted to go, but always knew that all of the boxes we were looking for were checked (with Tomsula).”
The 49ers had known interviews with finalist Adam Gase, as well as Vic Fangio, Rex Ryan, Mike Shanahan, Josh McDaniels, Dan Quinn, Todd Bowles and Teryl Austin.