The 49ers reportedly asked permission Monday to interview Indianapolis Colts assistant Rob Chudzinski for the job of offensive coordinator.
The 49ers and St. Louis Rams have requested interviews with Chudzinski, the NFL Network reported on Monday. The Colts’ season ended on Sunday with a 45-7 loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game.
It is not known whether the Colts have granted permission to the 49ers and Rams to interview Chudzinski. Teams are not required to allow an assistant coach under contract to leave for another assistant coaching position.
Chudzinski, 46, held the title of special assistant to head coach Chuck Pagano after spending one season as Cleveland Browns head coach. Chudzinski was fired after a 4-12 season in Cleveland. Previously, Chudzinski spent two seasons with dual-threat quarterback Cam Newton as the Carolina Panthers' offensive coordinator.
Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, formerly head coach of the Raiders, is considered the top candidate for the position as the 49ers’ top offensive coach, ESPN reported on Sunday.
Former Washington coach Mike Shanahan was reportedly still “in play” for the 49ers’ offensive coordinator position late last week, NBC4 in Washington reported. It is not known whether Shanahan is still a possibility.