Riddick: 49ers roster needs 'massive overhaul' at key positions


Riddick: 49ers roster needs 'massive overhaul' at key positions

ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, who is scheduled to interview for the 49ers vacant general manager position this week, described the club’s roster as requiring a “massive overhaul.”

The 49ers fired general manager Trent Baalke and head coach Chip Kelly last weekend. CEO Jed York, who is conducting the job interviews with 49ers executive Paraag Marathe, is looking to pair a general manager and coach together to run the football side of the organization.

Riddick is scheduled to interview with the 49ers on Tuesday. The 49ers continued their GM search on Sunday morning, interviewing Indianapolis Colts vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III.

“Obviously, philosophical alignment and personal relations are going to be big here because, one, it’s a massive overhaul that this roster needs to undergo at some very, very, very important positions,” Riddick said Sunday on “NFL Insiders.”

The most important roster decisions face the 49ers at quarterback, where each of the four quarterbacks under contract this season face uncertain futures.

Colin Kaepernick is expected to opt out of his contract to become a free agent at the start of the new league year on March 9. If he does not opt out, the 49ers would be expected to release him to avoid being on the hook for his scheduled $14.9 million in salary and bonuses.

Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder and Thad Lewis are all scheduled for unrestricted free agency.

Riddick said so much work needs to be done with the 49ers that the new general manager and head coach must enter into the situation with a deep understanding of each man’s preferences.

“You can’t be learning along with your head coach -- ‘What does he like?’ ‘What do you like?’ – when you have that much work to do,” Riddick said. “Then, from a personal perspective, you’re going to spend massive amounts of hours with this individual as you’re trying to retool this organization.

“Obviously, a lot of time is going to be needed and patience is going to be needed. But relationships – and I say it all the time – it drives the bus in the NFL. And that’s where that one is crucial.”

Shanahan wins NFL Assistant Coach of the Year


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.