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Broncos denied chance to interview 49ers QB coach Rich Scangarello for OC job [updated again]

He has had a strong couple seasons working with Kyole Shanahan.

Fooch’s update No. 2: Turns out he did get permission

Fooch’s update: Well, so much for the interview

The San Francisco 49ers coaching staff is getting some love around the NFL. A day after word that the 49ers had shut down interview requests for run-game coordinator Mike McDaniel, they are letting Rich Scangarello interview with Vic Fangio to serve as the Denver Broncos offensive coordinator. The interview is scheduled for Monday, per Tom Pelissero.

I have to think Scangarello’s stock shot up with the emergence of Nick Mullens over the back half of the season. Mullens started eight games and completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 2,277 yards, with 13 touchdowns and ten interceptions. Mullens spent all of 2017 on the 49ers practice squad, and then opened 2018 on the practice squad. He was promoted to the 53-man roster in Week 4 after Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL, and replaced C.J. Beathard in the starting lineup in Week 9.

Speaking of Garoppolo, he had a crash course on the offense with Scangarello after last year’s trade deadline deal. The 49ers stuck with C.J. Beathard for three more games plus the bye week after acquiring Garoppolo, but they made the move to Jimmy G in Week 13, and never looked back. Scangarello deserves credit for what he did in that short time span.

The Broncos were expected to name Gary Kubiak offensive coordinator, but some disagreements arose and that fell through. Kubiak is a disciple of the Mike Shanahan system, but was operating simply as a personnel advisor the past two years. Scangarello would likely further implement what he learned from Kyle Shanahan, although he could very well have plenty of his own ideas.