San Jose Mercury

Jets' Cottrell in 49ers mix
January 24, 2003

By Dennis Georgatos
Mercury News

New York Jets defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell has joined the pool of candidates for the 49ers' head-coaching vacancy.

The 49ers received permission from the Jets to talk with Cottrell, the second African-American candidate the team plans to interview, joining New England defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel.

Others under consideration for the job include Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Brad Childress and 49ers defensive coordinator Jim Mora, who was interviewed Wednesday by General Manager Terry Donahue.

Crennel and Childress are expected to be interviewed during the weekend.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia defensive coordinator Jim Johnson signed a four-year, $4 million extension Thursday to stay with the Eagles after withdrawing from consideration for the 49ers job.

Donahue has said he expects to interview six to eight people, and other candidates could emerge in the coming days from the college ranks or the staffs of Sunday's Super Bowl participants, the Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The 49ers fired Steve Mariucci as coach two weeks ago.

Donahue, who is leading the search for a replacement with input from team director John York, has said there is no timetable for hiring a new coach.

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