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Golden Nuggets: Conflicted on the 49ers' head coaching candidates

Friday, January 8th, 2015 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of San Francisco 49ers links from around the Internet.

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Oh hey, it's the first iteration of the Golden Nuggets I've hosted since the San Francisco 49ers have parted ways with head coach Jim Tomsula. To be honest, I completely understand why the move was made and would have made it myself if I was in Jed York's position. But I'm still very bummed out that the organization is losing such a talented position coach.

Whatever the case, we'll never know what happened behind the scenes with the leaks and all of the Jim Harbaugh mess, so at this point I will just wish Tomsula the very best and hope that he comes out of this with a job for the 2016 season. Until then, the 49ers have to find a new head coach and I'm very split on the contenders.

There are some promising young coaches out there. There's also Chip Kelly, Mike Shanahan and Mike Holmgren, three guys I'm either conflicted on or totally against. I'm really not sure how to feel about Kelly, or Anthony Lynn. I just hope the 49ers get someone who isn't just a puppet.

Let's get onto your links for the day.

49ers: Could Hue Jackson revive the offense? (Branch)

Source: 49ers met with former Eagles coach Chip Kelly (Maiocco)

49ers' Terrell Owens a Hall of Fame finalist; Roger Craig again misses cut (Barrows)

Parcells doesn't see great candidates from 'thin' pool of available coaches (Inman)

Stanford's Shaw won't interview with 49ers (MercuryNews)

Kicker Phil Dawson voted 49ers' MVP (Barrows)

The 49ers signed six players to future contracts (Biderman)

Every NFL Teams' Best Defender This Season (PFF)

Jim Tomsula shaved his mustache (KNBR)

Could Colin Kaepernick make an Alex Smith-like return? (Barrows)