Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is the "front-runner" for the 49ers offensive coordinator position, according to ESPN.
Kiffin just completed his first season as Nick Saban's OC, where he helped guide the Crimson Tide to the College Football Playoff. Prior to that, Kiffin spent four seasons as the head coach at USC.
His only NFL experience came with the Raiders, where he was head coach from 2007 to 2008. After a 1-3 start, Kiffin was fired four games into the 2008 season.
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The 49ers are also considering Colts special assistant Rob Chudzinski, but they are unable to talk to him until Indianapolis' season concludes.
During his introductory press conference on Thursday, 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula provided a meandering answer to a question about the scheme he plans to run on offense and defense.
"We stay within our structure, but you have to have that latitude to be able to adapt and adjust your schematics to fit the players. So, I hope that answers your question," Tomsula said.
General manager Trent Baalke interjected with a comment about the offense: “I think somewhere in there, he said we’re going to run the football.”
“I’m a big fan of running and however that needs to get done. Really, we all talk about the vertical pass, but it is pretty when you see two guys get together and knock that guy off the ball and the D-lineman knock the guy back into the gap. That is pretty, too," Tomsula added.