More interviews set

Posted Jan 11, 2005

The 49ers have lined up interviews later in the week with two respected NFL defensive coordinators.

The Niners have asked for and received permission to speak with the Mike Nolan of the Baltimore Ravens and Jim Schwartz of the Tennessee Titans regarding San Francisco’s vacant head-coaching position.

Team officials are scheduled to interview Nolan on Thursday and Schwartz on Friday.

Nolan has been mentioned as a top candidate since 49ers owner John York fired Dennis Erickson on Jan. 5. Just 45, Nolan already has 24 years of coaching experience, including the last 19 in the NFL.

Nolan has had success as a NFL defensive coordinator at four different stops – the New York Giants, Washington Redskins, New York Jets and Baltimore. During his four seasons with the Ravens, Baltimore has consistently produced one of the best defenses of this NFL era. Baltimore finished ranked sixth in NFL defense this year after finishing third in 2003.

Nolan also has some distinct 49ers ties. He’s the son of former San Francisco coach Dick Nolan, who coached the Niners from 1968-75, a period during which the Niners won three consecutive NFC West titles and reached two NFC championship games.

Schwartz, 38, is a young up-and-comer who has nine years of NFL coaching experience, including the last four as Tennessee’s defensive coordinator. His defense finished seventh or better in the NFL rankings three consecutive years before slipping near the bottom of the league this past season.

Schwartz is the second Tennessee coordinator the 49ers will interview this week. York, director of football administration Terry Tumey and assistant to general manager Paraag Marathe met Tuesday in St. Louis with Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger.

The same group of 49ers officials are scheduled to interview New York Giants defensive coordinator Tim Lewis on Wednesday.

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