Bach: Gore joins 49ers training camp


Bach: Gore joins 49ers training camp

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Mindi Bach
Frank Gore is in camp and all is right with the world. The relief on his teammates faces upon seeing number 21 in the locker room is hard to miss. Joshua Morgan didnt sugarcoat his feelings.

It's really exciting. I almost hugged him and gave him a kiss, Morgan said. But I tried to play it cool.

No doubt, Gore is the heart of this teams offense, and with the loss of key veterans on defense and so much uncertainty in the defensive secondary, Gores role becomes even more pivotal as Jim Harbaughs new offense comes into focus.

"Very excited that Frank's back, said Joe Staley. Frank's a leader on this team. It's good to have him back there. The energy is up anytime he's back there. You know he's going to take care of business, and the linemen, we like blocking for Frank. He creates so many things on his own. You give him a small seam, and he's one of those players that can just find it, squeeze through there and make a small gain into a big one."
And while everyone is learning Harbaughs system, Gores fellow running backs Anthony Dixon and Kendall Hunter have the most to gain with his return to the facility.

He's really really smart when it comes to football, Staley said. He picks things up so easily. He's always on everything. Always talking, always communicating, so that's something we expect from Frank. And he helps out the young guys too because they see the way he communicates out on the field and how he knows all his stuff so...he's a good example for them."

Frank brings confidence, Dixon added. Hes got great talent. He is a funny dude. Hes just fun to be around. Frank is just Frank.

I had the chance to catch up with kicker Joe Nedney as he drove away from the facility today. While he was not caught off guard over his release from the 49ers, he is still emotional as he comes to terms with the end of his 15 year NFL career.

Nedney told me he began to realize that he was in trouble as the lockout wore on and his knee was simply not healing. After workouts it would balloon up he explained.

I told him he is more than welcome to come in to our Comcast SportsNet studios to talk 49ers football if hes willing. Not yet, Nedney said. He needs some time to get away from the game and digest the last few weeks. Certainly understandable. I wish him the best and thank him for his professionalism in answering my questions. When hes ready to talk football again, well be here.

Jaguars retain offensive coordinator, pass on Chip Kelly

Jaguars retain offensive coordinator, pass on Chip Kelly

It appears the Jaguars have passed on Chip Kelly for a second time this month.

After reportedly not getting their head coaching job, Kelly reportedly interviewed for their offensive coordinator position on Monday.

But two days later, Jacksonville announced that Nathaniel Hackett has been retained as offensive coordinator under head coach Doug Marrone.

Kelly told recently he would take his time to determine his next career move.

“I’m not going to close the door on any opportunity, but I have to be very smart in what I do next,” Kelly said two days after his firing. “I don’t have to take anything, but I wouldn’t rule anything out. I need to make sure that I’m in the right situation.

“I don’t know what the future holds. I’ll do my due diligence. I’m not going to coach just to coach.”

The 49ers fired Kelly with three years, $18 million remaining in his contract. The 49ers hired Kelly just two weeks after the Philadelphia Eagles fired him. Kelly went 26-21 with the Eagles after leaving his successful program with the Oregon Ducks after the 2012 season.

Report: Shanahan announced as 49ers' coach to Falcons' staff

Report: Shanahan announced as 49ers' coach to Falcons' staff

The 49ers feel certain they have landed their head coach, according to sources.

And the Atlanta Falcons are reportedly convinced offensive Kyle Shanahan will be entering the head-coaching ranks with the 49ers next season, too.

Atlanta coach Dan Quinn made an announcement to coaches that Shanahan would be the 49ers’ next coach, Mike Silver of the NFL Network reported Wednesday, adding everyone in the room was “super supportive.”

On Wednesday, Quinn was asked at a press conference about Shanahan and the 49ers.

“I know it’s for sure out there, (but it’s) definitely not our story to tell,” Quinn said. “They (the 49ers) will for sure reach out to (general manager) Thomas (Dimitroff) and to the organization and there will be a window for them if they’d like to visit with him for next week. But that’s really where it’s at, and there’s nothing left to do until then."

The Falcons will face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game. The 49ers will have a second interview with Shanahan after the game. Shanahan will also become involved in the process to hire the 49ers’ next general manager.

The 49ers are checking with the NFL to determine what is allowable under the league’s anti-tampering policy, according to a league source. If the Falcons win on Sunday, the 49ers would not be able to officially hire Shanahan until after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

According to sources, the 49ers have narrowed their initial search for the next general manager to four candidates: Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst of Green Bay, Minnesota’s George Paton and Terry McDonough of Arizona.

The general manager candidates are expected to meet with Shanahan, but it’s unclear whether Shanahan can interview the candidates if the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl and he is not officially the 49ers’ coach. The 49ers are expected to hold a second round of general manager interviews early next week and could fill the position by the end of next week.