When the 49ers’ coaching-search party travels to Denver to meet with Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase on Friday, they will also reportedly take the opportunity to sit down with a Super Bowl-winning coach.
The 49ers have an interview in the Denver area with Mike Shanahan, reports the Denver Post, citing three sources.
Shanahan, 62, spoke this week with 49ers general manager Trent Baalke, CSNBayArea.com reported. Baalke, CEO Jed York and president Paraag Marathe are leading the search to replace Jim Harbaugh, whose official parting Sunday with the 49ers was described as "mutually agreed" upon.
Shanahan was the ultra-successful 49ers’ offensive coordinator from 1992 to ’94. He left the 49ers after the organization's last Super Bowl victory in January 1995 to become Broncos head coach. He won Super Bowls as Denver’s head coach after the 1997 and ’98 seasons with John Elway as his quarterback. He won just one playoff game in 14 seasons as head coach after Elway retired.
His most recent coaching stint ended ugly in Washington after compiling a 24-40 record in four seasons. Shanahan has spent 20 seasons as an NFL head coach, beginning in 1988 with the Los Angeles Raiders. His regular-season record was 170-138, with an 8-6 postseason record.
The team has conducted interviews with 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. They have interviews scheduled with Gase, New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and ex-New York Jets coach Rex Ryan. 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 this weekend.