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49ers last remaining openings for Harold Goodwin, Terry McDonough

With five of the six head coach openings around the league now filled, the only remaining option for Cardinals' offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin is in San Francisco.

A pair of California-based teams dominated the NFL news cycle Thursday as the Los Angeles Rams announced the hire of a new head coach while the Chargers announced their plans to relocate from San Diego to Los Angeles before also hiring a head coach.

Shortly after the Chargers announced their plans to join the Rams in Los Angeles, the Rams announced the hiring of 30-year-old Sean McVay, a former Redskins' offensive coordinator set to become the youngest head coach in NFL history.

Later on in the day, the Chargers reportedly hired former Buffalo Bills' offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, who will guide the team into a new era in a new city.

With those two head coaching openings now sealed up, and the Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills all settling on their new leadership, the only remaining head coaching job now vacant is in Santa Clara, where another California team, the San Francisco 49ers are continuing their search.

Though the 49ers were not one of the three teams that immediately expressed interest in Goodwin following the end of the regular season, an interesting factor in the San Francisco coaching search could lead to Goodwin securing an interview. 

On Thursday, first reported that Arizona Cardinals' vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough is scheduled to interview for the 49ers' general manager job on Friday morning. McDonough began his career in the NFL as an intern with San Francisco in the late 1980s, and has worked for over 25 years for various NFL franchises.

Most recently, McDonough has spent the past four seasons with the Cardinals, three of which he served in his current capacity as the vice president of player personnel. 

After the conclusion of the regular season, the 49ers fired general manager Trent Baalke and first-year head coach Chip Kelly, and multiple reports have suggested that San Francisco owner Jed York wants to find a general manager and head coach with synergy who would work well together. 

If McDonough is hired in San Francisco, it's easy to envision a scenario where the new general manager would call on Goodwin, a fourth-year offensive coordinator in Arizona, to come and coach the 49ers. 

On Thursday evening, Arizona Cardinals' wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald tweeted out his support for McDonough, even though the 49ers play in the same division as the Cardinals.

On Friday morning, Matt Maiocco of of reported that if the 49ers did elect to hire McDonough for the team's general manager position, the most likely coach to pair with him would be Atlanta Falcons' offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. With five of the six head coach openings now filled around the NFL, Shanahan and New England Patriots' offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels are two of the highest-profile candidates remaining on the market.

Losing McDonough to a division rival would figure to be a significant blow to the Cardinals' front office, as McDonough has more than 25 years of experience at the NFL level and has worked with general manager Steve Keim and head coach Bruce Arians during one of the most successful runs in franchise history. 

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