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Rex Ryan to interview for 49ers head coach job

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The San Francisco 49ers might have a wild card in their coaching search. According to a report, they are going to interview former New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan.

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Things just got a little more interesting. New York Jets beat writer Brian Costello is reporting the San Francisco 49ers are scheduled to interview former Jets head coach Rex Ryan for their head coach position. He did not say when, but with the Jets not in the playoffs, Ryan is free to interview whenever and wherever he wants.

Ryan was fired by the Jets after a 4-12 season that capped a 46-50 career record with the Jets. In 2009 and 2010, he guided the Jets to the AFC Championship Game. Prior to his time with the Jets, Ryan served in multiple defensive assistant positions with the Baltimore Ravens from 1999 to 2008. He served as defensive line coach, then defensive coordinator. Prior to that he mostly served as a college assistant, with one year as an Arizona Cardinals assistant mixed in.

If we are just talking about personality, Rex Ryan would certainly be quite the replacement for Jim Harbaugh. Of course, coaching is the important thing, and it has been up and down during his time in New York. I've seen some people suggest he could still be a good coach with a better quarterback. His tenure in New Jersey has featured Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith. A move to San Francisco would certainly put him in position to have a capable offensive, with the right coordinator, of course.

I would be surprised if this ended up being the hire, but it is certainly an interesting guy to interview. I'll speak with our Jets blog to get more of their thoughts on Rex.