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Josh McDaniels humbled to interview for head-coaching jobs

Josh McDaniels humbled to interview for head-coaching jobs

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick gave his assistant coaches one day to conclude head-coaching interviews, and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels narrowed down his list to three teams.

McDaniels spent three hours apiece with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Los Angeles Rams before capping his busy Saturday with 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe.

"It's humbling and it's a privilege to have an opportunity to do any of those things," McDaniels said Monday via the Providence Journal. "(I) feel very fortunate to have an opportunity to sit in front of those people that they would listen to me and spend time with me so just try to do the best you can and represent yourself, your team, the organization you come from, your family as best you can and all the rest will play out how it's supposed to play out."

McDaniels previously interviewed with the 49ers in two years ago. The 49ers announced the firing of coach Chip Kelly just hours after the team’s final game of the season. The 49ers will have a fourth head coach in four seasons.

McDaniels, 40, appears ready for his second NFL head-coaching job. He was fired late in his second season with the Denver Broncos in 2010 after compiling an 11-17 record. But McDaniels is back as a hot candidate after serving as Patriots offensive coordinator the past five seasons under Belichick.

On Monday, McDaniels was asked if he goes to Belichick for advice during the process.

“He's the best," McDaniels said. "He's very unselfish and cares for us all. If there's something that we need or we would ask of him, I'm certain he would do it and give it to us, whether it's advice, wisdom, counsel. He's not only somebody we take our queue from in terms of getting ready for the next opponent but he's a mentor in a lot of different areas of our lives.

“This will be no different. I couldn't ask for people to mentor me any better than he's done. Robert [Kraft], Jonathan [Kraft], same thing. They're there to offer anything they can as a resource to help people that are working for them and I hope they know how much we appreciate that."

McDaniels is not permitted to have a second meeting with any of the teams with which he interviewed until the Patriots have been eliminated from the playoffs. If New England advances to the Super Bowl, a second interview could occur during the week after the AFC Championship, but no later than the Sunday preceding the Super Bowl.
 

Report: Chiefs sign ex-49ers CB, former Raiders RB to practice squad

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Report: Chiefs sign ex-49ers CB, former Raiders RB to practice squad

A pair of former Bay Area footballers are headed to Kansas City.

The Chiefs have reportedly signed former 49ers cornerback Keith Reaser and former Raiders running back George Atkinson to their practice squad.

News of the deals was first reported by ESPN.

Reaser was waived by the 49ers on Saturday to make room for cornerback Asa Jackson to be promoted to the active roster in time for Sunday's game in Seattle. Reaser was a fifth-round pick in 2014. After missing his entire rookie as he recovered from ACL surgery, Reaser played in 28 games over the past two seasons. He did not appear on defense in the 49ers’ season-opening loss to Carolina last week, but he appeared on 10 snaps of special teams.

Atkinson has been a familiar face around the Raiders. He was claimed off waivers from the Browns on July 29, but waived on Sept. 2.

49ers assistant Katie Sowers donates items to Pro Football Hall of Fame

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49ers assistant Katie Sowers donates items to Pro Football Hall of Fame

San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Katie Sowers has a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Sowers, in her role as seasonal offensive assistant, became the first female assistant in NFC history this season. Sowers is situated upstairs for game days as part of Kyle Shanahan’s staff.

Sowers donated her coaching shirt and binder from the Week 1 game against the Carolina Panthers to the Hall of Fame.

“The Pro Football Hall of Fame is pleased that Coach Katie Sowers has donated artifacts from her regular-season debut as the first fulltime female coach in NFC history,” Hall of Fame executive director Joe Horrigan said in a statement.

“Her pioneering role in pro football will undoubtedly inspire others to work to overcome obstacles while pursuing their dreams and aspirations.”

Kathryn Smith, a member of the Buffalo Bills staff last season, was the league’s first full-time female assistant.