Four NFL head-coaching vacancies remain after the Denver Broncos on Wednesday announced a four-year contract with former Miami defensive coordinator Vance Joseph.
Joseph, who served as an assistant with the 49ers under Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary from 2005 to ’10, was scheduled to interview with the 49ers on Thursday.
The 49ers appear intent on hiring an offensive-minded head coach. The only other defensive coach to interview for the vacancy, Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, was offered the job during a second interview with the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday, according to the Buffalo News and other media reports.
The Los Angeles Rams have a second interview with Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay, according to multiple reports. The 49ers interviewed McVay, the grandson of longtime 49ers executive John McVay, on Monday.
The top candidates for the 49ers’ head-coaching vacancy appear to be New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.
CEO Jed York and Paraag Marathe, the 49ers’ chief strategy officer and vice president of football operations, are conducting interviews simultaneously for the coach and general manager positions. The 49ers hope to hire individuals for those positions who will work well together.
ESPN analyst Louis Riddick appears to be aligned with McDaniels, while it is believed Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough prefers Kyle Shanahan as his coach.
The 49ers last week interviewed Green Bay executives Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst, both of whom made favorable impressions with York and Marathe, a source told CSNBayArea.com.
The 49ers are also scheduled to interview Seattle offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable on Sunday and Seattle co-directors of player personnel Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer on Monday.
Upcoming 49ers interviews
Friday, Jan. 13
Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough (GM)
Sunday, Jan. 15
Seattle offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable (coach)
Monday, Jan. 16
Seattle co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer (GM)
Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner (GM)