Anthony Lynn on Wednesday became the first individual to interview for the 49ers’ head-coaching job for the second year in a row.
Lynn, 48, completed his interview with the 49ers on Wednesday afternoon, the club confirmed. Lynn finished the season as the Buffalo Bills' interim head coach after the firing of Rex Ryan.
CEO Jed York and Paraag Marathe, the 49ers’ chief strategy officer and executive vice president of football operations, are conducting the interviews as the process begins to find a head coach and general manager.
Lynn played for the 49ers in 1995 and ’96. He saw action in all 16 games in his final season with the 49ers, mostly on special teams. He gained 164 yards on 24 rushing attempts. He finished his playing career with the Denver Broncos from 1997 to ’99, and was on two Super Bowl-winning teams.
Lynn was hired to join Ryan’s staff with the Bills after spending his previous six years with the New York Jets as running backs coach. The title of assistant head coach was added in 2013.
He also spent time as running backs coach with Cleveland (2007-08), Dallas (2005-06) and Jacksonville (2003-04).
After the 49ers hired Chip Kelly last year, Kelly also interviewed Lynn for the position as offensive coordinator. Kelly hired Curtis Modkins for the position.
Lynn returned to Ryan’s staff as assistant head coach/running backs. He was promoted to offensive coordinator early in the season after Greg Roman was fired. Lynn finished the season as interim head coach after Ryan’s firing.
He is also believed to be a strong candidate to become the permanent head coach of the Bills. The Los Angeles Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars are reportedly interested in interviewing him for their openings, too.
Wednesday: Buffalo interim head coach Anthony Lynn (coach)
Thursday: Green Bay director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst (GM); Green Bay director of football operations Eliot Wolf (GM)
Friday: Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton (GM); Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan (coach)
Saturday: New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (coach); New England director of player personnel Nick Caserio (GM)
Monday: Sean McVay (coach)
TBA: Miami defensive coordinator Vance Joseph (coach); ESPN analyst Louis Riddick (GM); Indianapolis vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III (GM)