San Francisco 49ers lining up Seahawks DC Dan Quinn as next head coach

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Jim Harbaugh's time as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers looks to be coming to an end what with the franchise's lacklustre 2014 campaign and persistent rumors linking Harbaugh to his Alma Mater, the Michigan Wolverines.

As such there is growing in interest and speculation as to who the 49ers will look to moving forward and it looks like those charged with finding a potential replacement aren't looking too far from home.

Next in line?

Bleacher Report's NFL Insider Jason Cole is reporting that 49ers officials are hoping to snag Dan Quinn, the Seattle Seahawks' defensive coordinator, away from their divisional rivals.

"Talking to sources around the league...people who are aware of the 49ers' thinking, the 49ers are doing background checks and research on Dan Quinn," explained Cole.

"It's a way of not only helping themselves with a guy that they think is an up and coming candidate...but also stealing somebody away from a division rival."

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Smart move

After watching the 49ers struggle on offense all season many San Francisco fans may have been hoping to see their team linked with a more offensively minded coach but the move - should it lead to anything substantial - is a smart one on the part of the franchise.

As Cole mentions, the Seattle Seahawks are currently the dominant force in the NFC West and as such serve as a major stumbling block to San Francisco's Super Bowl ambitions. Much of Seattle's success has been down to their dominant defense and as such, were the 49ers able to steal away the man charged with calling their plays, it would be a major blow.

Other targets

Quinn is clearly in the mix if Harbaugh parts ways with San Francisco but there are several other names on the shortlist.

New England's offensive coordinator and quarterback coach, Josh McDaniels, is rumored to be another the 49ers are keeping tabs on and he would certainly be more equipped to tackle Colin Kaepernick's 2014 regression.

What do you think 49ers fans? Who would you like to see replace Harbaugh, or do you think he should stick around for 2015? Let us know in the comments section below...

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