Scott Linehan Interviewed for Second Time

Former Rams head coach Scott Linehan interviewed for the second time for offensive coordinator on Thursday. Linehan is rumored as the leading candidate but there seems to be some confusion here. Linehan runs the same style of “digit-based system” as Mike Martz did. I taught the point of firing Martz was to bring in a different style of offense and play-calling that was more in-line with Mike Singletary’s philosophy. Linehan did focus more on the run and protected his QB’s (unlike Martz) when he was an offensive coordinator with the Vikings and Dolphins and also ran that type of offense as head coach of the Rams. Linhan fits in with Singletary’s style of offense and personality so it might be a good fit for 49ers so long as the run is emphasized more. With Linehan and Martz having similar schemes and play-calling, it does make for an easier transition for the 49ers offense to learn the system. If Linehan does get hired, which I think is the right move, let’s hope he stays with the team for more than one year.

Others Interviewed:

Colts receivers coach Clyde Christensen

Former Browns offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski

Former Broncos coordinator Rick Dennison

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  • Faithful Meister

    2009 DRAFT PREVIEW – I can’t name any specific names of prospective college players, but I know one thing: our draft class recently hasn’t been very good overall. We’ve passed up numerous good players (e.g. Ted Ginn, Jr.) who are starting and performing at a high level on other teams, while some of our picks don’t even contribute. Stop picking guys based on a 4.4 or 4.5 50-yard time, “quickness” and other such nitpicky robotic pseudo-scientific psycho-babble. These are human beings. Look at this year’s playoffs – when was the winner last decided based on jumping and running? Those players in full gear never get anywhere near their top speed potential. What good are all the statistics when you need a first down on 4th and 1? How about some better criteria: HEART. DESIRE TO WIN. TEAM-MINDEDNESS. TRASH-TALK propensity (lack thereof). OFF-FIELD criminal record (ditto). And whatever happened to IQ? These are much better predictors of success than whatever nonsense has been used in the past.
    P.S. Love the choice of Rathman at RB coach. That’s the type of guy we need to draft.

  • Eric

    “HEART. DESIRE TO WIN. TEAM-MINDEDNESS. TRASH-TALK propensity (lack thereof). OFF-FIELD criminal record”. I wish everyone on the 49ers had these qualities or at least the people we draft in the first round (minus Patrick Willis). Not only was Ted Ginn, Jr. a miss but I really wanted the 49ers to draft DeSean Jackson last year. They had two opportunties to draft him and passed up on him. Another mistake by Nolan. We could have used a player like Jackson…although he does not exactly fall under the qualities listed above.