Kelly denies 49ers request to interview Bob Bicknell for their offensive coordinator job

By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: January 28th, 2015 at 1:31 PM EST

Philadelphia Eagles receivers coach Bob Bicknell has reportedly turned down the vacant San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator position. He’s the latest in a line of coaches, including Alabama Crimson Tide’s Lane Kiffin to turn down the job.

Previously, head coach Chip Kelly said that he wouldn’t stop an assistant from pursuing a coordinator position. BobBicknell

“I’m never going to stand in a coach’s way when they have an opportunity to kind of get what they consider a better job,” Kelly said in late December. “It’s really their decision, not my decision. I’ll weigh in on it if they want me to give advice. … So we’ll cross that bridge if it happens, but I would anticipate it. We do have some really good coaches here, so I’m hopefully that we can keep everybody together.”

Bicknell was previously an offensive coordinator with Berlin Thunder and the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe. He’s been the with the Eagles since the 2013 season.

It doesn’t appear like anybody wants to be the offensive coordinator on Jim Tomsula’s staff. Now, they are going to be scrambling to hire the right person.

The team attempted to interview Indianapolis Colts assistant Rob Chudzinski. However, the team denied his request and later signed Coach Chud to a multi-year extension.

Geep Chryst is a candidate that could be promoted to the 49ers staff. He was the quarterback coach under Jim Harbaugh’s staff.

Chryst is the brother of new Wisconsin Badgers head coach Paul Chryst.

Chryst has worked in the NFL for two decades. He has served in positions with the Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers, and Carolina Panthers before coming to the 49ers.

He was the Chargers offensive coordinator and quarterback coach in 1999 and 2000.

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