Buffalo Bills interim head coach Anthony Lynn is seen as the favorite to land the team’s head coaching job. He was promoted from running backs coach to offensive coordinator when the Buffalo fired Greg Roman early in the season. Lynn then became Buffalo’s interim head coach when Rex Ryan was fired following Week 16.
This hasn’t stopped Lynn from seeking other potential head coaching jobs.
It was reported earlier in the week that he would interview for the San Francisco 49ers’ job after they fired Chip Kelly. That’s now come to fruition with Lynn slated to interview with the 49ers’ brass on Wednesday.
Source texts me that #Bills interim head coach Anthony Lynn is scheduled to "meet with San Francisco tomorrow."
— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) January 4, 2017
In no way should this come as a surprise. Lynn interviewed for the same job last season before San Francisco opted for Kelly. The 49ers then considered him for offensive coordinator before Kelly himself chose Curtis Modkins.
Following the firing of Kelly, it was reported that San Francisco was interested in New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (more on that here).
Couple that with connections to Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, and it’s readily apparent that the 49ers are looking at coaches from that side of the ball.
Whether Lynn would even consider joining a sinking ship in San Francisco remains to be seen. Though, it’s not like his current situation in Buffalo is ideal.
That San Francisco was able to set up an interview on Wednesday, this is an indication that things could very well move fast here, especially considering the two sides already have a history.
San Francisco finished the 2016 campaign at 2-14 and in last place in the NFC West. It has a ton of question marks heading into what promises to be an interesting offseason. Hiring a coach early in the process would answer one of those questions relatively quickly.