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Report: 49ers’ DC target Gus Bradley lands with Chargers

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:03:35 UT

On Friday, ESPN reported the former Jaguars head coach was hired as the Chargers defensive coordinator after he was aggressively recruited by the 49ers. [...] the NFL Network reported Friday the 49ers persisted and raised their contract offer to Bradley, who was the Seahawks defensive coordinator from 2009-12 prior to his 14-48 tenure as Jacksonville’s head coach. With Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan expected to be the next head coach, the 49ers’ next defensive coordinator figures to have complete autonomy.



49ers radio analyst: York will feel more comfortable with Shanahan

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:59:51 UT

49ers radio analyst: Kyle Shanahan, 37, is in line to become the second-youngest NFL head coach and his youth makes him a peer of 49ers CEO Jed York. At least it is in the estimation of 49ers radio analyst Tim Ryan, who provided interesting insight on KNBR today regarding York’s relationships with previous head coaches Jim Harbaugh, 53, and Chip Kelly, 53. Not afraid, but ‘Man, should I ask this question to this guy?’ Because those guys walk around like you ask them anything it’s ‘I’m going to shut you down.’ If I ask my coaches, ‘What is a football made out of?’ -- he better tell me. [...] you should feel comfortable talking to your head coach and communicating with them.



49ers’ leading GM candidate withdraws

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:39:54 UT

[...] it’s evidently Vikings assistant general manager George Paton or Cardinals vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough. Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the 49ers’ presumptive head coach, can’t be hired until Atlanta’s season ends. If the Falcons beat the Packers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, Shanahan is expected to meet with general manager candidates in Atlanta next week. Shanahan became their final remaining candidate after Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable withdrew Tuesday when it became clear he wouldn’t get the job. The 49ers, who have interviewed nine GM candidates, began their search with Chiefs director of player personnel Chris Ballard and Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio high on their list, but both declined interview requests. The 49ers have also interviewed Carolina assistant GM Brandon Beane, Indianapolis vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III and ESPN analyst and former NFL executive Louis Riddick. The 49ers are continuing to pursue Gus Bradley for their defensive coordinator position after the former Jaguars head coach initially declined the job. A source said Bradley wasn’t interested in the opening because he wanted to work with Cable, but the NFL Network reported the 49ers have persisted and raised their contract offer.



Favorite for 49ers’ GM job withdraws

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:31:32 UT

Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the 49ers’ presumptive head coach, can’t be hired until Atlanta’s season ends. If the Falcons beat the Packers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, Shanahan is expected to meet with general-manager candidates in Atlanta next week. Both Kirchner and Seattle executive Scott Fitterer only had interest in the 49ers’ opening if they hired Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable as the head coach, a source said. The 49ers, who have interviewed nine candidates, began their search with Chiefs director of player personnel Chris Ballard and Patriots director of player personnel high on their list, but both declined interview requests. The 49ers have also interviewed Carolina assistant GM Brandon Beane, Indianapolis vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III and ESPN analyst/former NFL executive Louis Riddick.



49ers: Kyle Shanahan sounds the part with reporters

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:18:03 UT

In his first news conference since becoming the 49ers’ presumptive next head coach, Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan sounded, well, like a head coach. NFL Network has reported that Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn told his assistants this week that Shanahan would be the 49ers’ next head coach and the coaches broke into applause. [...] by league rules, the 49ers can’t hire Shanahan until the Falcons’ season ends, and Atlanta will meet Green Bay on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game. The 49ers’ defensive coordinator for four seasons under Jim Harbaugh, who left when the head-coaching job went to Jim Tomsula in 2015, was believed to be a prime candidate to be Shanahan’s defensive coordinator, but a source said the Bears won’t let Fangio out of his contract. Earlier Thursday, Green Bay director of football operations Eliot Wolf withdrew his name from consideration for the opening after he received a new deal from the Packers. Wolf, 34, the son of Hall of Fame executive Ron Wolf, is viewed a possible heir apparent to Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson, 64. Green Bay director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst and Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton. On Saturday, he got the first playoff win of his 13-year career when the Falcons beat Seattle. On Thursday, he was named the NFL’s Assistant Coach of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America. Next, comes the NFC title game in the Georgia Dome.



Source: Shanahan won’t land Fangio as 49ers DC

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:00:14 UT

Fangio was believed to be a prime candidate to serve as the defensive coordinator on Kyle Shanahan’s yet-to-be assembled staff with the 49ers, but the Bears didn’t allow Fangio out of his contract, a source said. Shanahan, of course, remains the Falcons offensive coordinator and can’t be officially hired by the 49ers until Atlanta’s season ends. Shanahan, 37, had identified Fangio as a candidate to serve as defensive coordinator. Fangio is a 31-year NFL veteran who has been a defensive coordinator for the past 17 seasons.



49ers: Kyle Shanahan named Assistant Coach of Year

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:52:16 UT

Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the 49ers presumptive head coach, was named the Assistant Coach of the Year as selected by the Pro Football Writers of America. Shanahan, 37, oversaw an offense that scored 540 points, which matched the 2000 Rams for the eighth-most in NFL history. Ryan’s passer rating ranks fifth in NFL history and his yards-per-attempt average is 13th.



Report: Packers’ Wolf withdraws from 49ers’ GM search

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:55:04 UT

Packers director of football operations Eliot Wolf has withdrawn from consideration for the 49ers’ general manager opening after he received a new deal from Green Bay, USA Today reported. Packers director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst and Vikings assistant general manager George Paton. Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, 37, the 49ers presumptive head coach, can’t officially be hired until Atlanta’s season is over. The Falcons will host Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.



49ers: Kyle Shanahan could be in controlling position

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 02:38:40 UT

Just more than two decades ago, 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Shanahan was hired as the Broncos’ head coach after a wildly successful season. In 1994, Shanahan’s offense scored more than 500 points, quarterback Steve Young was the NFL’s MVP and the dominant attack carried the 49ers to a Super Bowl title. Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who reportedly is “almost certain” to accept the 49ers’ head-coaching offer, will step into his new role under very similar circumstances: CEO Jed York has said he wants the next head coach and general manager to form a strong partnership, but it’s unknown how the union will work as far as who will have final say on football matters. Starting with his hiring by Denver in 1995, Mike Shanahan had control of the roster and other football matters during his final 18 seasons as a head coach. In 1994, Shanahan explained he’d turned down head-coach offers after leaving the Raiders because they didn’t offer enough autonomy. Shanahan resigned as the Browns’ offensive coordinator after the 2014 season reportedly because of front-office pressure to start rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel. Two years later, Shanahan, who worked under his father as Washington’s offensive coordinator from 2010 through ’13, apparently will have a say in the general manager the 49ers hire. [...] if Atlanta beats the Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game, the 49ers will have a second interview next week during which the general-manager position will be addressed.



Falcons owner: Kyle Shanahan’s leadership skills improved

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:50:39 UT

In his first season as a head coach, the 49ers hope Kyle Shanahan will continue to do what he did in his second season as the Falcons offensive coordinator. Today, Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Shanahan, 37, made strides in that area in an interview with ESPN. Part of being good at any position of leadership in life is being a good listener and understanding where other people are coming from. Shanahan, Falcons head coach Dan Quinn and quarterback coach Matt LaFleur met with Ryan in Southern California. Shanahan has no head-coaching experience, which could partly explain why Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was the 49ers’ preferred pick before he withdrew his name from consideration Monday. McDaniels, 40, has admitted his people skills were part of his undoing during his 11-17 tenure with the Broncos, which ended with his dismissal in 2010.



Report: 49ers will offer head-coach job to Kyle Shanahan

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:29:01 UT

The 49ers will offer their head-coach position to Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, 37, and are prepared to wait for the Falcons’ season to end to hire him, ESPN reported Tuesday. The Falcons host Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday. The fact that the 49ers’ upcoming offer to Shanahan leaked to the media could be viewed as a sign the team is confident he’ll sign a contract. NFL Network reported that it was “almost certain” that Shanahan would accept their offer. The offer to Shanahan was foreshadowed Monday when New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels withdrew from consideration. [...] three women, two ex-wives and an ex-girlfriend, came forward in 2009 and alleged Cable had abused them. Carolina assistant GM Brandon Beane, Green Bay director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst, Arizona VP of player personnel Terry McDonough, Minnesota assistant GM George Paton, Indianapolis VP of football operations Jimmy Raye III, ESPN analyst/former NFL executive Louis Riddick and Green Bay director of football operations Eliot Wolf. On Tuesday, NFL Network reported that Gutekunst is the front-runner to land the job, with Paton and Wolf also in contention, if the 49ers hire Shanahan.



Tony Romo’s destination remains unclear

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:23:34 UT

After 156 games and franchise bests of 34,183 yards passing and 248 touchdowns, Romo’s career with Dallas appears to be over after he lost the job he held for 10 years to rookie Dak Prescott following a preseason back injury. Defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, one of the 49ers’ few bright spots in a 2-14 season, was named to the NFL’s All-Rookie team as selected by the Pro Football Writers of America. Buckner, the No. 7 overall pick, led all defensive tackles in snaps (1,007) was second in tackles (73) and fourth among rookies in sacks (six). Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott was named Rookie of the Year and also took top offensive rookie honors. Denver head coach Vance Joseph promoted secondary coach Joe Woods to defensive coordinator, replacing Wade Phillips, who left for the Rams. Woods, 46, was the Raiders’ defensive backs coach in 2014. ...



Packers’, Falcons’ offenses are expected to prove their points

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:52:07 UT

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The high-scoring offenses of the Falcons and Packers appear poised to provide a memorable send-off for the Georgia Dome. Factor in the teams’ leaky defenses, and Sunday’s NFC Championship Game could surge past the unusually high over/under of 60½ points set by the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook. The Falcons led the NFL in scoring. Matthews said the weekly message from offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan — said Tuesday to be the leading candidate for the 49ers’ head-coaching job — is “I don’t know if we’re going to have to win 6-3 or 40-37.” Of those alternatives, 40-37 appears to be the more likely target, in part because the Atlanta and Green Bay defenses don’t dominate the statistics like their offensive counterparts. The Falcons and Packers finished the regular season ranked 28th and 31st, respectively, in pass defense. When we look at the film, we have to make sure we don’t give up those explosive plays. The Falcons are led by quarterback and MVP candidate Matt Ryan, the All-Pro who ranked second in the NFL in yards passing and TD passes. Atlanta’s offense featured depth, as Ryan threw scoring passes to a record 13 players during the season, and balance with running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.



Report: 49ers’ list pared as Seahawks GM candidate withdraws

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:37:32 UT

A day after Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels withdrew his name from consideration for the 49ers’ head-coach opening, Seahawks executive Trent Kirchner did the same regarding their general-manager vacancy, NFL Network reported. Panthers assistant GM Brandon Beane; Packers director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst; Cardinals VP of player personnel Terry McDonough; Vikings assistant GM George Paton; Colts VP of football operations Jimmy Raye III; ESPN analyst/former NFL executive Louis Riddick and Packers director of football operations Eliot Wolf. Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio and Chiefs director of player personnel Chris Ballard declined interview requests.




49ers DT Buckner named to all-rookie team

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:34:41 UT

Defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, one of the 49ers’ few bright spots in a 2-14 season, was named to the NFL’s All-Rookie team as selected by the Pro Football Writers of America. Buckner, the No. 7 overall pick, led all defensive tackles in snaps (1,007) and ranked second in tackles (73), despite missing a game with a foot injury. Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was named the overall Rookie of the Year, and also took top offensive rookie honors.