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.”