49ers key matchup No. 2: Anthony Davis vs. Mario Williams

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49ers key matchup No. 2: Anthony Davis vs. Mario Williams

This is the second part in a series that spotlights three 49ers-Bills matchups to watch Sunday, 1:25 p.m. (CBS-TV), at Candlestick Park.Matchup No.3: Aldon Smith vs. Chris Hairston49ers RT Anthony Davis vs. Bills DE Mario WilliamsTale of the tape
Davis (76): 6-foot-5, 323 pounds, third season, Rutgers
Williams (94): 6-foot-6, 292 pounds, seventh season, North Carolina StateAdjust your eyes up a line to take a look at "Tale of the tape."Let's just say that 49ers right tackle Anthony Davis has a different idea of Mario Williams' measurements.When asked about the Buffalo Bills' left defensive end, Davis answered, "He's 6-foot-9, 350 pounds and runs a 4.5 (40-yard dash). He's a beast."Davis exaggerates to make a point. The 49ers do not like to give their offensive tackles much help in pass protection. And Davis knows if he is going to hold up one-on-one against Williams, he might have to play the best game of his NFL career.Williams became the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history when the Bills paid him 50 million guaranteed on a six-year contract that could reach 100 million.Williams was the Houston Texans' surprise No. 1 overall pick of the 2006 draft over running back Reggie Bush. While history showed that the Texans made the wise choice, he never reached the playoffs with Houston before leaving for a big contract.With the fat salary comes huge expectations for Williams in Buffalo. This far, Williams has not produced. Williams has 1 12 sacks in four games."The thing that's happened is he's drawn two and three blockers, so his statistics are what they need to do," Bills coach Chan Gailey said. "When they've singled him, he's created problems. We need to everybody else to pick up the slack."Williams told Buffalo reporters this week that he's been hampered by a wrist injury that has lingered since the end of the exhibition season."I'm a hands-on player, and it's all about power in my game," Williams said. "It's been odd having a little nick and not using it to the full extent."Davis is off to the best start of his career. Last week, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan said Davis is already a premier right tackle in the NFL. On Sunday, he'll face his biggest challenge thus far.

Source: 49ers plan second interview with Shanahan; Cable withdraws name

Source: 49ers plan second interview with Shanahan; Cable withdraws name

The 49ers will interview Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan after this weekend’s NFC Championship game, a source told CSNBayArea.com on Tuesday.

The only remaining head-coach candidate, Tom Cable, formally withdrew from consideration, according to his agent, Doug Hendrickson. Cable interviewed with the 49ers on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the 49ers also have a general manager vacancy to fill. The team is in the process of narrowing down their list of eight candidates, a source said. Seattle’s Trent Kirchner pulled his name from consideration on Tuesday. The 49ers could have a round of second interviews for the GM job.

The 49ers fired coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke after the club finished the regular season with a 2-14 record.

The 49ers conducted their first interview with Shanahan on Jan. 6, as allowed by NFL rules, when the Falcons were on their bye in the first week of the playoffs as the NFC’s No. 2 seed.

The 49ers are allowed to conduct a second interview with Shanahan next week, regardless of whether the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl or their season comes to a conclusion against the Green Bay Packers.

If the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl, the 49ers would not be able to make a formal contract offer to Shanahan until following the Super Bowl.

Shanahan, 37, is the son for two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Shanahan. He has served nine NFL seasons as an offensive coordinator. His offenses have ranked in the top-10 of total offense in six of those seasons.

Shanahan interviewed for the head-coaching vacancies with Jacksonville and Denver this offseason. Another scheduled interview with the Los Angeles Rams was canceled when Rams officials could not get to Atlanta due to weather conditions.

Source: 49ers GM candidate Kirchner to remain with Seahawks

Source: 49ers GM candidate Kirchner to remain with Seahawks

The 49ers’ search for their next general manager has been narrowed.

Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner, who interviewed with the 49ers on Monday, is remaining with the Seahawks, CSNBayArea.com confirmed on Tuesday. Kirchner was not comfortable with the working environment with the 49ers, the source said.

The NFL Network first reported Kirchner was removing himself from consideration to replace Trent Baalke, who was fired.

Kirchner and Seattle offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable were believed to be connected as the possible general manager-coach combination to fill the 49ers' vacancies. It is not known whether Cable will remove his name from consideration, too.

Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is considered atop the 49ers' wish list to replace Chip Kelly, who was fired after the team's 2-14 season.

Scott Fitterer, the Seahawks’ co-director of player personnel, interviewed with Jed York and Paraag Marathe after Kirchner met with the 49ers’ executives.

49ers general manager interviews
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)

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

Monday, Jan. 9
Carolina assistant general manager Brandon Beane (GM)

Tuesday, Jan. 10
ESPN analyst Louis Riddick (GM)

Friday, Jan. 13
Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough (GM)

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