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The 49ers have interviewed former Chargers head coach Brandon Staley for their defensive coordinator position


The final coordinator position in the NFL is nearing its resolution, according to 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, who told Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area that he anticipates completing the hiring process this week for a defensive coordinator.

Shanahan said to Maiocco that the 49ers have conducted interviews with Brandon Staley, former head coach of the Chargers, and Nick Sorensen, the team’s defensive passing game specialist. The vacancy arose following the dismissal of Steve Wilks, who served as defensive coordinator for just one season.

Additionally, Shanahan indicated that Daniel Bullocks, the 49ers’ defensive backs coach, is expected to interview for the position later in the week. Moreover, Shanahan plans to conduct interviews with two more external candidates in the coming days.

Staley, 41, previously helmed the Chargers for two seasons before his termination midway through the 2023 campaign, amassing a record of 24-25. Meanwhile, Sorensen, 45, transitioned to the 49ers’ coaching staff in 2022 and was later promoted to defensive passing game specialist/nickel backs coach.

Patriots’ Eliot Wolf: “There’s a lot of options on the table (at QB).”

With the third overall pick in this year’s draft, the New England Patriots are considering their options for a new rookie quarterback. However, Eliot Wolf, the team’s director of scouting, remained tight-lipped during a media session at the NFL scouting combine on Tuesday.

“There’s a lot of options on the table,” Wolf stated. “I’m glad you asked about Mac (Jones) and Bailey (Zappe0, but we’re not discussing specific players through the media. We’ll do what’s best for the team behind the scenes.”

Both Jones and Zappe are under contract for 2024, but neither of them were very good last season. Wolf knows that this year’s quarterback class is deeply talented, and that will be a consideration for New England. “It’s a really good year for quarterbacks,” Wolf said. “We’re pretty early in the process, so we’ll determine what’s best for the team.”

When asked about his criteria for selecting a quarterback, Wolf emphasized leadership and physical talent.

“Being someone that can elevate his teammates and has the physical talent,” Wolf explained. “Leadership is important. We wouldn’t be considering these guys if they weren’t talented.”

While the Patriots have time to evaluate their options, changes in the quarterback room are probable by the end of April.

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