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A surprising name has surfaced in the 49ers’ search for a new offensive coordinator. Former Broncos, Giants and Falcons head coach Dan Reeves will interview for the job, according to both Adam Schefter and FOX’s Jay Glazer.
Schefter says the interview will take place on Friday afternoon while Glazer places it sometime in the next 24 hours. Schefter says that Mike Singletary has had a hard time finding someone he trusts to call plays for the 49ers, and Reeves’ experience would seem to be enough to clear that stumbling block.
Reeves has been out of coaching since 2003 when the Falcons fired him. He currently works as a color commentator for Westwood One’s national radio broadcasts on Sunday afternoons. Reeves coached the Broncos to three Super Bowls in the 80’s and took the Falcons to their only Super Bowl in 1998.
According to Schefter, if all goes well in the interview Reeves could be hired at some point this weekend.

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  1. Finalyst says: Jan 23, 2009 2:40 PM

    Isn’t Fridat afternoon technically within 24 hours?

  2. empty13 says: Jan 23, 2009 2:43 PM

    reeves can bring a game in if it is winnable, close and late.
    excellent idea. and reeves wont take crap from dumbass players. vernon is out of chances.

  3. Tiegame says: Jan 23, 2009 2:49 PM

    If they hire Reeves, is it possible with plan that if Singletary can’t cut it as a head coach, in slides Reeves?

  4. Pea Tear Griffin says: Jan 23, 2009 2:50 PM

    Misleading title. I figured Mooch would be coming back.

  5. Tiegame says: Jan 23, 2009 2:51 PM

    If they hire Reeves, is it possible they will do so with the undertone that if Singletary can’t cut it, in slides Reeves?

  6. techstar25 says: Jan 23, 2009 3:03 PM

    Sure he’s been out of coaching for a while, but he’s still been an on air football analyst – you know, like Matt Millen.

  7. jasonjfrench says: Jan 23, 2009 3:03 PM


  8. 4evrnyt says: Jan 23, 2009 3:06 PM

    5+ years out of coaching has to count for something. this move makes me nervous, could be great could really bite us in the arse.

  9. RamblinWreck66 says: Jan 23, 2009 3:15 PM

    Wasn’t Singletary’s rookie year the same year that Dan Reeves became a head coach? 1981

  10. bavaro89 says: Jan 23, 2009 3:25 PM

    It’s interesting that a probable Hall of Fame head coach would take an offensive coordinator job with a team with an inexperienced head coach and no quarterback. He must really miss the game.

  11. Nick C says: Jan 23, 2009 3:28 PM

    That is a good plan, then the 49ers can draft/trade for a young QB and he can be the next Elway and grow to hate Reeves just the same…hahaha

  12. NonYahooHotmailAcct says: Jan 23, 2009 3:39 PM


  13. chip says: Jan 23, 2009 4:15 PM

    i’d like to see this..
    Dan Reeves is a good coach & a very classy human being…
    think he would be a great help to Singletary as well with his experience…
    do it SF…he seems a lot better choice than the Linihans of the NFL

  14. poisoning16 says: Jan 23, 2009 4:18 PM

    test 123

  15. garyofferdahl says: Jan 23, 2009 4:20 PM

    Reminds me of Dan Henning a little. Everyone thought he waswashed up and he triggered the Dolphins offense….have faith.

  16. screaming sheep says: Jan 23, 2009 4:31 PM

    It would be a shame. I would rather listen to him and Bill Rosinski on the radio than most the TV announcers.

  17. joswald says: Jan 23, 2009 4:33 PM

    Reeves going to S.F. = Vick going to S.F. when he is released. 49ers seem to be planning for a Vick aquisition.

  18. FumbleNuts says: Jan 23, 2009 4:33 PM

    This just in: John Elway is coming out of retirement to be reunited with his old coach Dan Reeves, Jerry Rice contemplates comback to play with Elway? I think the 49r’s should hire Mike Ditka for OC.

  19. NinerNation says: Jan 23, 2009 5:04 PM

    This kind of worries me. I can’t help but think of Tom Walsh and his bed and breakfast in Idaho…I really hope this doesn’t turn out that way.

  20. Great Falconi says: Jan 23, 2009 5:06 PM

    Dan Reeves wants back in coaching.
    The best way to for him to get back to being a head coach is to show that he still knows the game. If he does that, someone will give him an HC job.
    As a Falcon fan, hindsight tells me that Dan Reeves shouldn’t have been fired in Atlanta. He got a lot out of Vick in 2002. Vick’s injury in 2003, and the team’s subsequent crappy season, gave Arthur Blank the excuse he needed to get rid of Reeves. Whatever Vick did off the field, he never lived up to the on-field potential Reeves helped him scratch in that first season as a starter.
    In other words, Dan knows what he’s doing. Samurai Mike needs a guy like that.

  21. leatherneck says: Jan 23, 2009 5:13 PM

    I’m not a 49ers fan, and I could care less, but here’s my criticism anyway of a Reeves hire by Singletary.
    The 49ers beat Reeves and the Broncos in the Super Bowl, 55-10.
    If the 49ers want to look to the past for their offense, they are smart. They had a pretty good offense back in the 80s and 90s as far as I can recall. Maybe they should hire someone from Bill Walsh’s staff to run the offense. Mariucci comes to mind, but then management would have to admit that firing Mariucci after he compiled a 60-43 record was monumentally stupid.
    How about Dennis Green, offensive coordinator?

  22. Bradybunch says: Jan 23, 2009 6:14 PM

    With Reeves the 49ers will be “HARD” to beat.
    New Viagra ad coming (sniker) soon.

  23. Vox Veritas says: Jan 23, 2009 6:17 PM

    Do you know what this means?!? Tommy Maddox is gonna sign with the 49ers!

  24. JoeSixPack says: Jan 23, 2009 6:46 PM

    Does interviewing Reeves satsify the Rooney Rule because he’s a color commentator?
    (Sorry – I expect I’m going to get in trouble now, just like I did when I referred to members of the “National Assocation for the Advancement of Colored People” as “Colored People”)

  25. empty13 says: Jan 23, 2009 8:42 PM

    Convick got reeves and mora fired.
    Dumbass vick fans don’t get it. Vick had no work ethic, couldn’t throw with accuracy or read defenses, and he tanked the second half of 05 and 06.

  26. 12thman says: Jan 23, 2009 11:37 PM

    Dan Reeves?? Is Jagz that terrible in interviews? What’s the deal with him Florio?

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