SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers interviewed Seattle offensive-line coach and former Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable for their head-coaching vacancy Sunday.
Team CEO Jed York met with Cable as part of his search for a replacement for fired coach Chip Kelly following a 2-14 season that tied the worst mark in franchise history.
Cable, a graduate of Snohomish High School, took over as interim coach after Lane Kiffin was fired in Oakland four games into the 2008 season. Cable kept the job after that and finished with a 17-27 record in two-plus seasons. He was fired after 2010, despite leading the Raiders to an 8-8 record that was their best in eight years.
Cable does come with baggage. In Oakland, he was accused of punching assistant coach Randy Hanson and breaking Hanson’s jaw during an argument in 2009. No criminal charges were filed and a civil case was eventually settled in arbitration.
The other candidates besides Cable are New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. McDaniels and Shanahan can’t be hired by San Francisco until their seasons end.
The Patriots and Falcons are in their respective conference title games this weekend.