49ers interview Brandon Staley, Nick Sorensen for defensive coordinator job – NBC Sports Bay Area and California


Coach Kyle Shanahan has completed two official interviews for the 49ers' defensive coordinator position and “should have it all done this week,” he told NBC Sports Bay Area via text message on Monday.

The 49ers have completed interviews with former Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley and 49ers defensive passing game specialist Nick Sorensen, Shanahan said.

The beginning came when Steve Wilks was fired as defensive coordinator after just one season with the 49ers. Wilks replaced Demeco Ryans, who became head coach of the Houston Texans.

Shanahan confirmed that 49ers defensive backs coach Daniel Bullocks is expected to interview for the vacant position later this week.

The 49ers are expected to interview at least two other coaches from outside the building over the weekend, though Shanahan did not say which other outside candidates are being considered for the position.

NFL rules require clubs to interview at least two minority candidates for all coordinator positions.

Shanahan's search for a defensive coordinator is in its second week after informing Wilks of his decision to terminate his union on Feb. 14.

The move was made three days after the 49ers' 25–22 overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVIII.

“I felt very strongly that this was the decision that was best for our organization,” Shanahan said in announcing his decision. “And even though it was one I didn't want to make, it was something that once I realized that I thought a different direction was best for the organization, it was something I had to do.”

Shanahan and the 49ers' coaching staff are not traveling to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis again this week. General Manager John Lynch and the scouting department are attending the Combine, while the coaches remain in Santa Clara to continue their work.

Staley, 41, was fired after compiling a 24-25 record, including 0-1 in the playoffs, in three seasons as head coach of the Chargers.

The Chargers hired Staley in 2020 after he spent just one season as Sean McVay's defensive coordinator with the Los Angeles Rams.

Staley's only previous NFL coaching experience came as outside linebackers coach with Chicago (2017–18) and Denver (2019).

Sorensen, 45, originally joined the 49ers staff in 2022 at the position of defensive assistant. Last year he was promoted to defensive passing game specialist/nickel back.

Sorensen spent last season as the special teams coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Prior to his tenure with the Jaguars, Sorensen spent eight seasons on Pete Carroll's staff with the Seattle Seahawks as a special teams assistant (2013–16), secondary coach (2017–19) and secondary coach/nickel specialist (2020). Spent.

Bullocks, 40, has been with the 49ers since Shanahan's arrival in 2017. He started as the assistant defensive backs coach for two seasons before moving into his current role as safeties coach from 2019 to '22.

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