According to Albert Breer of the MMQB, the 49ers may have a shot to keep Kyle Shanahan’s staff intact for 2020. Breer reported that the Browns have only requested one interview, and that’s for Robert Saleh. On Tuesday, it was reported that Cleveland was interested in interviewing both of San Francisco’s run and pass game coordinators, Mike LaFleur and Mike McDaniel. NBC Sports Matt Maiocco said that “it is my understanding that as of last night, 49ers offensive assistants Mike LaFleur and Mike McDaniel were in wait-and-see modes and did not know exactly where things stood, as far as the reported Browns’ interest.
NBC Sports Matt Maiocco said that “it is my understanding that as of last night, 49ers offensive assistants Mike LaFleur and Mike McDaniel were in wait-and-see modes and did not know exactly where things stood, as far as the reported Browns’ interest. I’m shocked the Browns are already bungling their search for a head coach. Shocked, I tell you.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network also mentioned that LaFleur’s interview wouldn’t take place at the same time as Saleh. That’s noteworthy as there has been speculation that, if hired, Saleh would bring on McDaniel as his offensive coordinator. Rapoport also mentioned that the Browns have not yet made any official requests to speak to McDaniel. Shanahan confirmed that Saleh’s interview would be over the weekend when the 49ers are off:
“It’s actually a perfect situation for Saleh, just like it was for me (when interviewing for the 49ers job in 2017), just because I was fortunate to have the bye week, also,” head coach Kyle Shanahan said this week. “We’re going to get a couple of days off at the end of this week, and that’s the only thing that stinks for Saleh because he won’t get those days off because he’ll be preparing for an interview on one day and then probably doing the interview the next day.”
My question is, what happens if Saleh advances to the next round of interviews, and the 49ers continue to advance in the playoffs? The conflict of interest in schedules will be something to keep an eye on.