The San Francisco 49ers search for a new head coach appears to be coming to an end. Earlier Wednesday, we pointed to a Mike Silver tweet in which he said he thought the 49ers were done interviewing. That tweet was a direct reply to someone, so a lot of people missed it. He has since followed up with a more direct tweet.
I do not expect the 49ers to interview any more candidates. Thus, they should be deciding on someone relatively soon.— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) January 13, 2016
Silver is firmly on the Hue Jackson beat, but as a Bay Area guy, he has plenty of other sources. However, we now also have a local report on the subject. Matt Maiocco is reporting the 49ers have no new interviews scheduled, and the search appears to be coming to an end.
Sources: No new #49ers interviews scheduled; search appears to be nearing its end. https://t.co/0tINH7ajnu— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) January 13, 2016
I won't say this is entirely anticlimactic, but given how the news has circulated in recent days, it feels a little odd. There are no indications of any follow-up interviews, and Maiocco is reporting that no offers have been made to any of the six candidates. That list includes Hue Jackson, Tom Coughlin, Chip Kelly, Anthony Lynn, Dirk Koetter, and John DeFilippo. The team did not interview any internal candidates, and there were reports last week that the team had a phone conversation with Mike Shanahan.
I've set up a poll over in the earlier Silver article, asking who would be the 49ers next head coach. It is already approaching 3,000 votes, and Tom Coughlin leads the way with 38 percent of the vote. Chip Kelly is second at 21 percent, Hue Jackson is third at 15 percent, and Dirk Koetter is fourth at 14 percent. Feel free to vote if you have not already.