When Mike Nolan was named 49ers head coach in 2005, there were rumblings he might bring along his mentor, Dan Reeves, to assist him.
Nolan is gone, but Reeves accepted a surprise invitation Friday to visit the 49ers team headquarters and discuss the offensive-coordinator position with new coach Mike Singletary.
Reeves, 65, became the seventh coach current or former to formally interview with the 49ers since Singletary fired Mike Martz on Dec. 30. The 49ers are looking for their seventh offensive coordinator in seven seasons.
Earlier in the day, Ravens quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson, 43, discussed the opening with Singletary and general manager Scot McCloughan.
Former St. Louis Rams coach Scott Linehan turned down the 49ers offer on Sunday. Linehan was announced Friday as Detroit Lions offensive coordinator.
Former Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski, former Browns offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, Denver offensive line coach Rick Dennison and Indianapolis receivers coach Clyde Christensen have also interviewed for the position.
Reeves is clearly the most accomplished of the candidates for the job.
He spent 23 seasons as an NFL head coach with Denver, the New York Giants and Atlanta. Reeves won seven division titles and four conference championships, though his teams were 0-4 in Super Bowls.
Reeves last coached in 2003. He was fired as Falcons head coach with a 3-10 record that year. His career regular-season record was 190-165-2. He said in a recent interview on NFL Sirius Radio that he wanted to get back into coaching.
Reeves said he took a recent flight from Newark, N.J., back home to Atlanta. When he got off the flight, he learned three head coaches had been fired.
So why in the world would someone want to get into a business like that? But, you know, its in your blood and I cant get it out, Reeves said.
Singletary sought advice from Reeves in recent years when he began to aspire to becoming an NFL head coach. Singletary also met with such coaches as Bill Walsh, Buddy Ryan, Dick Vermeil, Mike Ditka and basketballs John Wooden.