The 49ers offered former Rams coach Scott Linehan a job as their offensive coordinator Thursday night, according to sources who reported the news to Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.  Linehan had flown to San Francisco earlier on Thursday for a second interview with the team.
Per Maiocco, Linehan plans to meet with his family before informing the team of his decision.  Linehan served as offensive coordinator with the Vikings from 2002 to 2004 and with the Dolphins in 2005.  His Vikings offenses were all in the top five, and he took the Dolphins from 29th to 14th in the total offense.
Linehan has a connection to two potential 49ers quarterbacks.  Shaun Hill was on the Vikings roster all three years that Linehan was the team’s offensive coordinator, and he worked for Alex Smith’s uncle John L. Smith at Idaho and Louisville.
Miami had the second pick in the draft when Smith went first overall to the Niners, and Linehan coveted Smith.
“I pdidn’t] make the pick, but I was hoping,” Linehan said in 2007 before the Rams faced the 49ers.  “I had a pretty good idea that San Francisco was going to take him.  And now we have to play against the turkey.”
That history could help Smith stay with the team, although the strongest of family ties won’t keep his $9 million salary from being reduced if he does come back.