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Green to be interviewed for 49ers job
January 20, 2003
By Jay Glazer Senior Writer

The 49ers' search to replace Steve Mariucci will begin this week when the Niners bring in their first round of candidates, and the speculation regarding one of some of the top ones can be put to rest.

49ers owner John York told The NFL Today and that the former Vikings coach Dennis Green is on the list to be interviewed.

"Our interest in Dennis is very well-known, and he is at the top of our shorter list," said York.

York also admitted that he was interested in Mike Holmgren but doubts the Seahawks will let him go.

"If things hadn't been solidified with Mike Holmgren, he would have been a viable candidate," said York. "I don't think that will happen now. but he would be a good fit."

49ers defensive coordinator Jim Mora Jr. will be interviewed and "will have a clear shot at it." But now a new name is also cropping up: Jets defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell is a strong candidate, York said, although the team has yet to call the Jets for permission to speak with him.

"We've heard a lot of good things about Ted Cottrell," says York. "I have spoken to Ozzie Newsome (Ravens GM) and (Steelers owner) Dan Rooney for help in compiling candidates. A lot of people have a lot of good things to say about Ted."

Cottrell is expected to be one of a handful of minority candidates York says will be interviewed.

"Even without all the attention that has been brought to the situation, we will look at several people regardless of color," said York. "There are several viable candidates, and we expect to explore many of them. I'd just like to have everything done by the end of the week of the Pro Bowl."

Coaching carousel spinning wildly

The musical chairs game among the NFL's coaching ranks is in full force.

The NFL Today and have learned that 49ers defensive coordinator Jim Mora Jr. will interview Sunday with Panthers coach John Fox for Carolina's vacant defensive coordinator slot. That position was opened by the departure of Jack Del Rio, who left to become the Jaguars head coach.

Follow us if you can. Mora Jr. is one of the candidates for the vacant 49er head coach job and has another year under contract with San Francisco. But despite his candidacy to become to replace Mariucci, the Niners granted the Panthers permission on Friday to conduct the interview.

Mora might also find suitors in teams such as the Kansas City Chiefs. If Fox cannot hire Mora, he will look to somebody on his own staff before looking outside the organization for his second defensive coordinator in as many years.

Giants' Shockey $10,000 lighter

It took two weeks, but the NFL has finally decided on its punishment for Jeremy Shockey's actions in his team's playoff loss to the Niners.

The NFL Today and has learned that the league office has slapped the Pro Bowl rookie tight end and bad boy on the rise $10,000 for inappropriate and obscene actions during the Giants ' loss to the 49ers two weeks ago.

Shockey is being slapped with $5,000 for throwing a cup of ice water on a young fan sitting behind the bench. The other five grand was levied after he made an obscene gesture with his middle finger.

Shockey has been lauded by teammates and Giants fans for his in-your-face antics. But those same antics have become fodder for attacks by opposing fans and players.

"I don't care what anybody says about him, he's about as exciting as I've seen," teammate Tiki Barber said. "He gets us fired up."

Bengals hire Ken Zampese as QB coach

If the Cincinnati Bengals indeed choose Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer with the draft's first pick, Marvin Lewis has already selected the man to coach him.

In what could be one of the most crucial hirings of the Lewis era in Cincy, has learned that the team has hired Rams assistant Ken Zampese as quarterbacks coach.

Zampese, the son of the longtime heralded offensive guru Ernie Zampese, is a rising young offensive mind who has spent the past few seasons on Mike Martz's staff.

Zampese began his coaching career at the University of San Diego before a two-year stint at Southern California. He toiled in the college ranks for six more years before finally stepping up into the NFL. He had one-year hitches in Philadelphia and Green Bay before joining the Rams in 2000.

Jags can't afford Savage

Why did Phil Savage suddenly turn down the Jaguars GM job? According to sources close to Savage and owner Wayne Weaver, the Ravens' personnel executive was shocked by the financial offer extended by the team. Savage was whisked to the Jacksonville complex via limousine from Mobile, Ala., and seemed to be on his way to forming a solid team with his good friend Del Rio.

But after the offer was made, Savage was extremely disappointed that the financials had come in much lower than expected. He immediately ended the courtship and left.

You want good help, guys, you need to pay for it. Usually, doing things on the cheap is not the greatest route to travel.

Another name to throw in the mix is the son of the great Will McDonough, Terry, currently a supervisor for the Ravens college draft scouting. McDonough and Del Rio were very close when the two were in Baltimore together. Ravens director of pro personnel James Harris is also expected to get a call for another interview for the job Savage turned down.

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