SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Mike Holmgren, a former NFL head coach of 17 seasons, will not be interviewed by the San Francisco 49ers for their opening, he told a Seattle radio station Monday.
“I thought I would be interested in going to San Francisco, to be honest,” Holmgren said on 950 AM KJR. “But then, clearly, they’re not interested in me, and it kinda came to me and I said, ‘Look, my life is good, I’m enjoying what I’m doing, let’s put this all to rest.’"
Holmgren has coached in three Super Bowls, with one win coming in 1996 with the Green Bay Packers. The next year he lost to Mike Shanahan and his Denver Broncos. Shanahan has also been linked to the 49ers as they look to replace Jim Harbaugh after last coaching Washington in 2013.
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A week into their search, San Francisco has been linked to at least 12 potential candidates, and have yet to comply with the Rooney Rule, requiring teams to interview a minority candidate in head coaching searches.
Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has four interviews lined up this week, according to ESPN, and will meet with 49ers general manager Trent Baalke and CEO Jed York Friday.
Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin will reportedly interview Thursday. Both coordinators' teams were eliminated in the Wild Card round of the playoffs over the weekend.
The 49ers reportedly interviewed former Jets coach Rex Ryan Sunday and Shanahan last week. They met with rival Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn last Tuesday, Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase last Friday, and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels last Saturday.
They are also scheduled to interview Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan (Mike's son) and have reportedly shown interest in Jim Mora Jr., currently the head coach of UCLA, who was the 49ers defensive coordinator from 1999 through 2003.