Report: The 49ers are no longer in pursuit of Hue Jackson

The Hue Jackson chase is heating up, but one contender appears to have dropped from the running.

On Monday night, it was widely reported that the Browns have targeted Cincinnati Bengals OC, Hue Jackson, as the man to be the next head coach in Cleveland.

On Tuesday afternoon, it appears as though that hope is inching towards reality.

Having only interviewed with the Browns and 49ers thus far, Jackson is no longer being considered by San Francisco, according to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News.

Should the aforementioned report be accurate, that leaves the Browns and Giants, which have reportedly tried to set up an interview with Jackson, as the only two teams currently pursuing the coach. 

The 49ers interviewed long-time Giants coach, Tom Coughlin, for their coaching position on Monday, which could be the reason the team is no longer pursuing Jackson. 

It was after the Browns had interviewed seven candidates-- Teryl Austin, Sean McDermott, Adam Gase, Doug Marrone, Matt Patricia, Jerome Henderson and Jackson-- that the team determined, per multiple reports, that they would make a push for Jackson. 

That being said, there has been no official offer to Jackson as of yet, according to multiple reports. 

Both Michael Silver of Sports Illustrated and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network and have reported that the Browns are indeed making the strongest push for Jackson, even when San Francisco was actively pursuing him, while Rapoport said in an interview with ESPN Cleveland that the Browns have put themselves in "an incredibly good position" to hire the coach. 

It has been reported that a major say in personnel decisions is something that Jackson is looking for and something the Browns may be willing to offer him, despite the fact that Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said new Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Sashi Brown, will have final say on the 53-man roster. 

Earlier on Monday, it was confirmed by multiple sources that Haslam was the only primary owner of an NFL franchise to not be in attendance at the owner's meeting in Houston, Texas.

Instead, Dee Haslam, Haslam's wife, is in attendance to vote on the various proposals to move an NFL franchise or two to the Los Angeles area. 

The thought is that Haslam is not in attendance at the meetings in order to work on bringing Jackson to the Browns. 

Meanwhile, the only other team currently in the Jackson sweepstakes, the Giants, has requested to interview Jackson, but no formal date has been set. 

New York has interviewed current offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, along with Austin, Marrone and former Atlanta Falcons head coach, Mike Smith. 

While the majority of the buzz in Berea is around the head coach, the Browns could be in danger of losing offensive coordinator, John DeFilippo, after he was asked to stay in Cleveland by the front office. 

It appears as if many teams are intrigued by DeFilippo, including the 49ers, who are very interested in his services as an offensive coordinator. 

Also interested are the St. Louis Rams, which are meeting with DeFilippo today, according to Rapoport. 

Be sure to check out "The Fast Lane and ATI" from our very own Lane Adkins, who has the scoop on the latest happenings inside the Browns building in Berea. 

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