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49ers announce Josh McDaniels interview with Louis Riddick speculation growing

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The 49ers are settling in for their third head coach interview of the process.

The San Francisco 49ers announced on Saturday they have begun their interview with New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. The team has made a habit this year of announcing when the formal interviews have begun.

The 49ers are the third team to interview McDaniels on Saturday, following the Jaguars and Rams. Each interview is believed to be three hours, with a one hour break between them. It’s quite the marathon session for McDaniels, who will be deciding entirely between those three jobs.

This all comes amidst Jason Cole’s report that McDaniels and ESPN analyst Louis Riddick are being tied together more and more for a coach/GM pairing with the 49ers. Normally we take Cole with a bigger grain of salt, but we have also heard the Riddick/McDaniels connection mentioned earlier this week, so it could be a very real possibility.

One thing we can likely infer from this announcement is that the team will not be interviewing Patriots executive Nick Caserio. There has been no announcement of an interview with him, and considering it is now 4:30 eastern time, an interview seems unlikely for the time being.

The 49ers next interviews are expected to include Colts executive Jimmy Raye III, and then head coach candidates Sean McVay (Washington OC) either Sunday or Monday, and Sean McDermott (Panthers DC) on Monday.