Two assistants on coach Kyle Shanahan's staff have reportedly interviewed with the 49ers for the New Orleans Saints' vacant offensive coordinator position.
Quarterbacks coach Brian Grace and offensive passing game specialist Clint Kubiak interviewed Saints coach Dennis Allen and New Orleans reporter Nick Underhill first mentioned.
The Saints last week fired longtime offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael after the club finished 9-8 and missed the NFC playoffs for the third straight season.
In the past, the 49ers have prohibited coaches for coordinator positions from interviewing for other coordinator jobs. The only 49ers offensive coach with the title of coordinator is Chris Forrester, whose title is run game/offensive line coordinator.
Griese is in his second year as the 49ers' quarterbacks coach after two years as an ESPN analyst on Monday Night Football. In his first season, he was instrumental in helping Brock Purdy rise from his role as the team's No. 3 quarterback to become a productive starter at the end of last season.
Kubiak is in his first season with the 49ers after serving as offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos (2022) and Minnesota Vikings (2021). Shanahan hired Kubiak to replace Bobby Slowik, whom the Houston Texans hired as offensive coordinator last year. Slowik spent one season as the 49ers' passing game coordinator after spending one season as an offensive passing game specialist.
The 49ers had the No. 2 offense in total yards (398.4 per game) and were No. 3 in points (28.9). Offense Purdy, who set a club record with 4,280 yards passing, and four players are more than 1,000 yards from scrimmage: running back Christian McCaffrey, wide receivers Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel, and tight end George Kittle.
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