Kiffin Set To Interview With 49ers

January 29 – Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin agreed Wednesday to interview for San Francisco's vacant head coaching position. Kiffin, who was the mastermind behind the league's top-rated defense, will fly to San Francisco to interview for the job this weekend.

Monte Kiffin is apparently interested in San Francisco's vacant head coaching position.

Just one day after the 49ers received permission to interview the Buccaneers' defensive coordinator, Kiffin agreed to fly out to San Francisco this weekend to interview for the job.

But Kiffin, 62, is not the only candidate for the head coaching job in San Francisco. In fact, the 49ers have already spoken to four NFL defensive coordinators about the head coaching job: New England's Romeo Crennel, Philadelphia's Jim Johnson, Ted Cottrell of the New York Jets and San Francisco's Jim Mora.

In October, Kiffin signed a two-year contract extension that made him the highest paid assistant coach in the NFL. The contract extension, which gave Kiffin a salary of about $1 million annually, was supposed help keep Kiffin in Tampa through the 2004 season. But a promotion such as a head coaching job would allow Kiffin out of his contract.

While San Francisco is courting Kiffin, Tampa Bay is believed to be working on offering its defensive guru yet another contract extension.

Kiffin joined the Bucs in 1996 as defensive coordinator under former Bucs head coach Tony Dungy. His defense has finished in the league's top 10 in six straight seasons and in the top four in three of those.

If Kiffin were to be offered and actually take the head coaching job in San Francisco, Tampa Bay would likely replace him by promoting defensive line coach/assistant head coach Rod Marinelli.


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