Does Vic Fangio want out of San Francisco if not HC?


As the San Francisco 49ers get set to interview head-coaching candidate Adam Gase on Tuesday, they have some potential rumblings from a coach still currently on their payroll.

NFL Media columnist Mike Silver passed along this nugget Monday night:

The timing of Silver's note is interesting and certainly gives the impression Vic Fangio wants no part of any assumption he'd be fine riding along on someone else's train.

Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reported Monday that the 49ers haven't reached out to Fangio in recent days about the possibility of him becoming the team's next coach. The defensive coordinator was the first candidate interviewed by San Francisco after parting ways with Jim Harbaugh 16 days ago.

Fangio has led monster defenses the last four seasons, ranking in the top five in the NFL in each year under the coordinator.

There was some thought that if the 49ers hired an offensive-minded coach they'd want to retain Fangio and his staff. It turns out he might not be so amicable to an arranged marriage.

Of course, Fangio currently remains under contract with the 49ers, but after going through a tumultuous coaching controversy last season, San Francisco surely wouldn't start a new coach's tenure by forcing a possibly disgruntled coordinator on him -- especially if it were a first-time coach like Gase -- right? I'm right, right? No way the 49ers would do that, right?

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