San Francisco 49ers

Updates on Vic Fangio’s demands, 49ers’ pursuit of Adam Gase

Last night I wrote up a little something about Mike Silver’s tweet that explained Vic Fangio’s rumored demands if he were to stay with the team (summary: it’s either Vic’s way or the highway, and Vic’s way means either he or Mike Shanahan gets hired as the 49ers’ next head coach).

I know a lot of readers question the veracity of anything that comes from Silver, partly because many Raiders fans believe he worships Hue Jackson. So here are reports from two of Niners beat writers confirming that Silver’s information on Fangio is accurate.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle:

Meanwhile, Fangio, 56, the 49ers defensive coordinator, would consider requesting his release from his contract if Gase is hired, a source said. Fangio believes the 49ers’ next head coach needs plenty of coaching and life experience to lead a veteran, ready-to-contend team coming off a turmoil-filled 8-8 season. Fangio is under contract through the 2015 season.

Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area:

Vic Fangio could request a release from his contract as defensive coordinator of the 49ers if the organization passes him over for the team’s head-coaching job for a younger candidate, a source confirmed Tuesday morning to CSNBayArea.com.

Fangio would remain with the 49ers if he or Mike Shanahan, 62, were named as coach, Mike Siliver of the NFL Network, reported citing sources in “coaching circles.”

The age angle is fascinating, as Jed York and the 49ers were recently named in an age discrimination lawsuit. Also, the 49ers are currently meeting with Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who happens to be 36, in Denver.

Because the 49ers have already satisfied the Rooney Rule requirement by interviewing at least one minority candidate, they can hire Gase immediately to become their next head coach. The Broncos, who parted ways with John Fox yesterday, have not yet done this.

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