49ers contact usual suspects McDaniels, Lynn, plus GM candidates

  • FILE - At left, in a July 27, 2016, file photo, New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia takes questions from members of the media at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. At right, in an Oct. 9, 2016, file photo, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels walks on the sideline during an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, in Cleveland. Patriots coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia have been considered among the best minds in football for a while now. The jobs they're doing this season _ their latest gems came in a 16-3 victory over the Broncos on Sunday _ have only bolstered their standing. (AP Photo/File) Photo: Associated Press

The great thing about the 49ers firing three head coaches in three seasons: They can skip the small-talk stuff during their next round of interviews. More