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Report: 49ers setting up interview with Anthony Lynn

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Report: 49ers setting up interview with Anthony Lynn

SANTA CLARA –- Former 49ers running back Anthony Lynn is the first known candidate for the team’s vacant head-coaching position.

Lynn, the Buffalo Bills’ assistant head coach/running backs coach, is scheduled to interview with the 49ers this week, ESPN reported on Tuesday. Lynn has 16 seasons of NFL coaching experience.

Lynn, 47, 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 Rex Ryan’s staff with the Bills this season 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).

An interview with Lynn satisfies the 49ers’ requirement under the Rooney Rule.

Nick Mullens gains security as backup QB even after 49ers sign veteran

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MATT MAIOCCO

Nick Mullens gains security as backup QB even after 49ers sign veteran

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers made a roster move on Sept. 26 that amounted to a huge vote of confidence for Nick Mullens.

Coach Kyle Shanahan pegged Mullens as the quarterback he wanted to serve as C.J. Beathard’s backup after Jimmy Garoppolo was lost for the season due to a knee injury. Mullens received a promotion from the practice squad after the 49ers brought in seven quarterbacks for workouts.

“I honestly try not to pay too much attention to it, but at the same time, it really boosted my confidence that Kyle and John Lynch believe in me,” Mullens said on "The 49ers Insider Podcast."

“They’ve given me an opportunity to be the backup and it’s my job to take full responsibility and advantage of this opportunity, and I think I am so far.”

Shanahan gave Mullens another reason to feel security in his position on the depth chart – even after the club signed veteran quarterback Tom Savage to a one-year deal this week. Shanahan said Mullens will remain the team’s backup quarterback, and there is no competition for the job.

“One guy knows our offense and knows how to line people up and has played in it and has done a lot of good things for our team,” Shanahan said on Wednesday. “Our team has confidence in him. The other guy just got here last night and is just trying to learn what the words mean.”

Mullens set the stage for his promotion with a full season on the 49ers’ practice squad. He did not see much time at quarterback during the regular-season practices, as the No. 3 quarterback typically has to fill in at other positions.

“You could say my knowledge of overall football has grown through the experience of playing other positions,” Mullens said. “As a practice squad quarterback, you’re really just there to help the team any way you can.

“Obviously, you have to be ready to play, but at the same time, whether it’s special teams, receiver, safety, there are tasks and jobs that need to be done. So the more valuable you can be to the team, the more you’ll help the team.”

The 49ers were the only team that brought in Mullens for a pre-draft visit in 2017. When he went undrafted after a record-setting career at Southern Mississippi, he signed with the 49ers as a free agent.

After Mullens received his promotion with the 49ers last week, he received a congratulatory text from Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre, the most famous Southern Miss alum.

“He came around a couple times a year,” Mullens said of Favre. “And after I graduated, I got to work with him for a couple of days, throw the routes, talk ball, watch film.

“It’s pretty cool to know that he supports me and other Southern Miss Golden Eagles.”

NFL QB Power Rankings Week 7: Rodgers' heroics over 49ers puts him No. 1

NFL QB Power Rankings Week 7: Rodgers' heroics over 49ers puts him No. 1

Drew Brees took the week off, which means he left an opening for Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady to unseat him for the No. 1 spot.

And, boy, did Rodgers and Brady take advantage of Brees’ decision to observe the Saints’ NFL bye week.

Nobody ever said it was fair, but that’s the way things work over here when the stakes are large and the weekly NFL QB Power Rankings hang in the balance.

Here’s our Week 7 pecking order:

1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay: The sole arbiter saw the Chico Kid work his magic in person on Monday at Lambeau Field. It was something special (3)
2. Tom Brady, New England: The only pitcher who has more victories than Brady's 227 since 2001 is CC Sabathia with 256. (2)
3. Drew Brees, New Orleans: We’re pretty sure – but it’s unconfirmed – that he broke at least three more NFL records during the bye week. (Last week: 1)
4. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City: He stood toe-to-toe with Brady on a prime-time stage. An instant classic. (5)
5. Philip Rivers, L.A. Chargers: The Chargers avoided their usual disastrous start to the season. This could be a special season for the old man Rivers. (4)
6. Russell Wilson, Seattle: He had a great game, sure. But the degree of difficulty was not high. After all, it did come against the Raiders. (7)
7. Matt Ryan, Atlanta: Getting better and better each week. (8)
8. Jared Goff, L.A. Rams: Just a suggestion: Throw the ball deep against the 49ers on the first play of the game. Somebody will be left completely uncovered. (6)
9. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia: Picking up where he left off before his torn ACL last season. (13)
10. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota: He turned down a Jets offer of $90 million guaranteed over three years and then bragged about using them for leverage. Yeah, the Jets would like to leverage something against him this week. (9)
11. Matthew Stafford, Detroit: He lost to the 49ers, but he notched victories over Brady and Rodgers. Now, he needs to work on his consistency. (10)
12. Cam Newton, Carolina: Following the Panthers’ loss to Washington, Newton revealed a post-defeat change: “Ain’t no need to keep sobbing over it. My days of sobbing are over with.” (11)
13. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh: The Steelers are back to where they should be, and Big Ben is the reason why. (15)
14. Alex Smith, Washington: Fans of the 49ers get nostalgic when they see him hook up for TDs with Vernon Davis. By the way, he needs just 32 passing yards to get past Steve Young for No. 35 on the all-time NFL list. (11)
15. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati: Not his best game, but his biggest problem was leaving old rival Roethlisberger too much time for the game-winning score. (14)
16. Deshaun Watson, Houston: With 28 career TD passes, he ranks behind only Kurt Warner for most ever through the first 13 games of a career. (16)
17. Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago: OK, we are beginning to see whey the Bears spent so much to move up one spot to draft him. (21)
18. Dak Prescott, Dallas: It looks like he’s turning the corner. (22)
19. Joe Flacco, Baltimore: He’s doing a nice job of remaining awake on those plays he lines up at wide receiver with Lamar Jackson takes over to run the ball. (19)
20. DEREK CARR, RAIDERS: The good news: He did not throw any interceptions in London. But he did not do anything remotely positive, either. (18)
21. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis: There was a time not long ago when he was considered one of the best young players in the game. (20)
22. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay: If I have to watch that bit where he pretends to eat his own fingers to form a “W” one more time, I might eat my own fingers. (26)
23. Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants: All of a sudden, Ben McAdoo is not looking so wrong. (17)
24. Sam Darnold, N.Y. Jets: He’s well on his way. (27)
25. Ryan Tannehill, Miami: He did a really nice job of rooting for Brock Osweiler, who got a lot of help from Frank Gore en route to the exciting win over the Bears. (23)
26. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland: As you’d expect with any young quarterback, two steps forward, one step back. (24)
27. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville: The Jags saw enough last year to sign him to an extension. Just awful. (25)
28. C.J. BEATHARD, 49ERS: Aside from two fourth-quarter throws on Monday, he looked like a starting NFL quarterback. (30)
29. Case Keenum, Denver: Things are going downhill rapidly. (29)
30. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee: Any time you’re connected with Guido Merkens, it’s not a good thing. Mariota became the first QB since Merkens (Philadelphia) in 1987 to be sacked 10 or more times with 10 or fewer completions. How is that even possible? (28)
31. Josh Rosen, Arizona: His struggles would be less pronounced the more he gets the ball into the hands of Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson. (31)
32. Nathan Peterman, Buffalo: Same spot as Josh Allen last week, only with a significantly weaker arm and more interceptions. (Allen, 32)