With more reports surfacing that 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh will be leaving, the front office is already looking for his replacement.
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The San Francisco 49ers aren’t letting the fact that Jim Harbaugh has neither confirmed nor denied rumors of his leaving the team to coach somewhere else from planning for a future without him.
Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported that the 49ers are expected to look for a young offensive specialist to take over the team. Mort specifically mentioned Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase.
McDaniels coached the Broncos to an 11-17 record from 2009 to 2010. McDaniels has been mostly off the head coaching radar since a 5-17 slide after a 6-0 start ended McDaniels’ tenure with the team with four games left in his second season. Since then McDaniels has reinvented the Patriots offense, leading them to a Superbowl in 2011 and two straight AFC Championship games since then.
It has been believed that 49ers defensive line coach Jim Tomsula has the early inside track to the job, in large part because Tomsula was pegged to take over for Harbaugh if he’d been traded to the Browns in February.