Did 49ers GM candidate Riddick drop hint about coach he would want?

Did 49ers GM candidate Riddick drop hint about coach he would want?

ESPN analyst Louis Riddick might have provided another major hint of which head coach he would prefer if he were hired as the 49ers general manager.

Appearing Monday on “NFL Insiders,” Riddick talked about the importance of the 49ers hiring a coach-general manager combination with a pre-existing relationship.

“It’s critical,” Riddick said. “It’s going to be all about communication because all of your time frame is so super-condensed. You don’t have a lot of time to say, ‘Hey, let me get to know you; you get to know me; this is how I like to do things; this is how you like to coach; these are guys I want.’

“You better have a real good feel for all of that already because time is of the essence here, especially if you’re going to wait for someone like Josh (McDaniels).”

The 49ers interviewed New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on Saturday for the head-coaching position. The 49ers would not be able to conduct a second interview with McDaniels until the Patriots’ season ends or the one-week period after the AFC Championship game, if New England advances to the Super Bowl. McDaniels cannot sign on as head coach until the Patriots' season is over.

The 49ers are scheduled to interview Riddick for the position on Tuesday. Riddick has made it known he has a high opinion of McDaniels. During recent appearances on ESPN, Riddick said he would accept the 49ers’ job and he talked about the “massive overhaul” that is needed at important positions.

49ers interviews
Wednesday, Jan. 4
Buffalo interim head coach Anthony Lynn (coach)

Thursday, Jan. 5
Green Bay director of football operations Eliot Wolf (GM)
Green Bay director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst (GM)

Friday, Jan. 6
Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton (GM)
Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan (coach)

Saturday, Jan. 7
New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (coach)

Sunday, Jan. 8
Indianapolis vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III (GM)

Monday, Jan. 9
Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay (coach)
Carolina assistant general manager Brandon Beane (GM)

Tuesday, Jan. 10
Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott (coach)
ESPN analyst Louis Riddick (GM)

Sunday, Jan. 15
Seattle offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable (coach)

Monday, Jan. 16
Seattle co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer (GM)
Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner (GM)

TBA?
Miami defensive coordinator Vance Joseph (coach)

Shanahan wins NFL Assistant Coach of the Year

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Shanahan wins NFL Assistant Coach of the Year

Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the presumptive 49ers' next head coach, was announced Thursday as the NFL’s Assistant Coach of the Year.

Dallas’ Jason Garrett was selected as NFL Coach of the Year and Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie was chosen as NFL Executive of the Year in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America.

The 49ers are not allowed to officially hire Shanahan as head coach until the Falcons’ season has concluded. Atlanta plays host to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.

Shanahan interviewed with the 49ers on Jan. 5 during the Falcons’ bye week in the playoffs. He is scheduled for a second interview with the club next week, regardless of the outcome of the Falcons’ game Sunday.

Under Shanahan’s direction, the Falcons scored an NFL-best and franchise record 540 points, which tied the 2000 St. Louis Rams for eighth-most in NFL history. Atlanta’s 6,653 total yards ranks No. 13 in NFL history.

The Falcons finished as champions of the NFC South with an 11-5 record and the NFC’s No. 2 seed in the playoffs.

Quarterback Matt Ryan, who was announced this week as the PFWA NFL Most Valuable Player, thrived in Shanahan’s offense. Ryan threw touchdown passes to a NFL-record 13 different receivers and led the league with a 117.1 passer rating.

Source: Packers executive Wolf withdraws from 49ers' GM race

Source: Packers executive Wolf withdraws from 49ers' GM race

Executive Eliot Wolf has agreed to a new contract to remain with the Green Bay Packers and has pulled out of the running to become the 49ers’ next general manager, a league source confirmed.

Wolf’s decision to remain with the Packers, as first reported by USA Today’s Tom Pelissero, leaves the 49ers with three known candidates for the job to replace Trent Baalke as general manager.

The 49ers this week informed a handful of candidates they would not be given second interviews for the position. Wolf and Brian Gutekunst, also of Green Bay, George Paton of Minnesota and Arizona’s Terry McDonough remain under consideration for the job after the initial list was pared down.

The 49ers are expected to involve presumptive coach Kyle Shanahan in the process to name the next general manager. Shanahan, Atlanta's offensive coordintor, is prohibited from officially becoming the 49ers' next head coach until after the Falcons' season is over. The Falcons play the Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game.

Wolf, 32, is in his first season as Green Bay’s director of football operations after receiving a promotion after being denied an opportunity to interview with the Detroit Lions last year. Wolf is widely considered the heir apparent to Packers general manager Ted Thompson.

The 49ers interviewed Wolf on Jan. 5, along with Gutekunst, the Packers’ director of player personnel. Wolf is the son Hall of Fame executive Ron Wolf.