Linehan just says no

At this time of year, many unemployed coaches are scrambling for new jobs. But former Rams head coach and former Vikings offensive coordinator Scott Linehan took a different approach Sunday - turning down the 49ers offer of becoming their new offensive coordinator.

Former Vikings offensive coordinator Scott Linehan might be starting a new trend among coaches – just saying "no."

Linehan was among those interviewed over the last week by Mike Singletary and the San Francisco 49ers over their vacancy at offensive coordinator. It became clear almost immediately that Singletary and offensive coordinator Mike Martz weren't going to coexist after Singletary was named interim head coach during the 2008 season and Martz was promptly dismissed following the conclusion of the 49ers' year.

Linehan, who was also fired during the regular season as the head coach of the Rams, was initially offered the 49ers offensive coordinator job on Thursday, but asked for a chance to deliberate with his family before making a final decision. On Sunday, he turned down the job.

Perhaps Linehan could see the writing on the wall in San Francisco. Over the last seven years, the once-vaunted 49ers offense has gone through seven offensive coordinators. Martz was the last of that long list, along with his 1,000-page playbook. The Lions tried to un-do Martz's offense last year after Rod Marinelli released him and the results were disastrous, as Detroit became the first team in NFL history to go 0-16 over the course of a season.

Whether the task of installing yet another offense to a 49ers team that has been through the wringer several times in recent years factored into Linehan's decision is unknown, but, for the time being, he will remain unemployed rather than take the 49ers job – which can't be viewed by Niners fans as a positive sign to the future.


  • Maybe one of the reasons Linehan declined to take the 49ers OC position is that his name is being mentioned as a potential candidate for the same position with the Buccaneers.

  • With the Cardinals advancing to the Super Bowl, the only franchises that have never advanced to the Big Game are the Lions, the Saints, the Browns, the Texans and the Jaguars.

  • With the Ravens eliminated from the playoffs, defensive coordinator Rex Ryan has emerged as the top candidate for the vacant Jets head coaching position.

  • In the strange saga that continues with Al Davis and the Raiders, reports have surfaced that the team interviewed linebackers coach Don Martindale for the defensive coordinator position, but that Davis was so impressed with him that he is being considered for the head coaching job. That wouldn't be a big surprise, since Davis has a history of hiring head coaches with no previous head coaching experience, which some believe has been done to install a coach that will remain under Davis' thumb.

  • The Bears announced over the weekend that they won't extend Kyle Orton's contract, which has one year remaining on his current rookie deal.

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