Coach Mike Singletary interviewed veteran coach Larry Mac Duff for the team’s vacant special teams coordinator position. Earlier this week, San Francisco declined to renew the contract of Al Everest, who took over the job from Mac Duff in 2007. Upgrading the Niners’ return game is among Singletary’s offseason priorities after the team struggled in that area all season. The unit was last in the NFL in average punt return yardage.
Mac Duff, 61, spent four seasons as San Francisco’s special teams coordinator from 2003-06 and then went from the 49ers to co-defensive coordinator at Texas for one season in 2007. He most recently was defensive coordinator and special teams coach for the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League.
The team didn’t say Friday when Mac Duff had met with Singletary. Mac Duff has more than 35 years experience coaching football. While at Arizona in the 1990s, Mac Duff became known for the Wildcats’ successful “Desert Swarm” defense.