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Around the NFC West: 49ers still searching

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle expresses surprise at Scott Linehan's decision to turn down the 49ers' offer to become their offensive coordinator. Linehan said the decision was personal, not professional, but Linehan might have been holding out for a better job. As excited as the 49ers were about finishing strong last season, outsiders do not necessarily perceive their situation with the same level of excitement. Watch for Linehan to land with another team.

Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider says Linehan "graciously" declined the 49ers' offer in a "baffling" move.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat say he has "no idea" what the 49ers might have in mind as a Plan B after Linehan turned them down. Coach Mike Singletary: "I believe and have faith in the process we have set forth in our search for an offensive coordinator. While we'd like to fill this position sooner than later, we will remain patient in our approach. The right person for the 49ers is out there."

Also from Maiocco: A closer look at Linehan's reasoning.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says Clyde Christensen and Rob Chudzinski remain available from the list of candidates to become the 49ers' offensive coordinator.

Also from Barrows: He checks in from the Senior Bowl and wonders if the 49ers might consider Eagles assistant Pat Shurmur.

Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer suggests Shurmur could be headed to the Rams.

Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says Linehan grew up a 49ers fan. Linehan: "I still have Joe Montana posters in my basement."