49ers reconstruction goes beyond front office


49ers reconstruction goes beyond front office

Centennial Boulevard in Santa Clara, where the 49ers' offices and practice facility are located, is a hard-hat zone.Heavy equipment lines the cul de sac with site preparation underway for the construction of the 49ers' stadium, on which Santa Clara officials expect to break ground this spring and open in time for the 2014 season.And there is plenty of action within the team offices, too.
The 49ers on Friday announced general manager Trent Baalke, on the job for an ultra-successful 13 months, signed a three-year contract extension through 2016.NEWS: 49ers extend Baalke's deal
And Jed York, team president and CEO, announced he is no longer the team president. That title now belongs to Gideon Yu, who a week earlier officially became a minority owner of the team.Yu was formerly chief financial officer of both Facebook and YouTube. He has also worked at such companies as Yahoo!, Disney and Hilton. He will run the business side of the 49ers.Yu's contacts in the tech community are expected to help the 49ers fulfill their vision for the new stadium -- what they hope becomes the epicenter of the nebulous Silicon Valley.The 49ers plan for the stadium, which will bump up against their current team offices, to take on a particular high-tech feel. And they are working to establish relationships in the community that will help them pay off loans for the 1.02 billion stadium through revenue generated by sponsorships and stadium naming rights, along with sales from tickets and suites.Yu and Baalke will be in charge of their respective departments. Yu will handle the business side, while Baalke will continue to oversee football operations. Both Yu and Baalke will report to York.The extension for Baalke comes a little more than one year into his initial three-year contract, which he signed Jan. 4, 2011. Baalke spent 2010 as vice president of player personnel.Baalke and former coach Mike Singletary did not have "great chemistry," as York explained it. Singletary told CSNBayArea.com last year that he agreed with York, saying he never meshed with Baalke.Perhaps Baalke's best move in his current role came before he even had his current role. He spent time at Stanford and got to know Jim Harbaugh. When Baalke was officially named general manager, over finalist Michael Lombardi, the 49ers acted quickly to secure the hiring of Harbaugh."It gives me great pleasure to watch Trent and Jim work arm-in-arm with the common goal of leading the 49ers to championships," York said, in announcing Baalke's extension.With a rushed free-agent signing period and no offseason workouts, the 49ers still managed to turn around a team that went 5-10 under Singletary (6-10 overall) into a 14-game winner and an overtime loss away from playing in the Super Bowl.Under Baalke's direction, the 49ers added key components, such as Aldon Smith, Chris Culliver, Kendall Hunter and Bruce Miller through the draft, as well as free-agent pickups Carlos Rogers, Jonathan Goodwin, Donte Whitner and David Akers. The 49ers also re-signed Ray McDonald and Dashon Goldson.The remodeling of the team has mostly erased the memory of a team that underachieved in 2010. And the construction around the building has eliminated a man-made landmark from the recent, forgettable era, as well.Mt. Singletary, the peak that stood 45 feet above the practice fields that was built in 2009 under Singletary's direction for conditioning and rehab purposes, has been unceremoniously leveled.The hill, which angled up at 45 degrees, was used for nothing more than a spot for security guards to station themselves during workouts that were open to the general public last summer.The eyesore was deemed unnecessary. And it's elimination is just another step in the reconstruction of the 49ers.

Jaguars retain offensive coordinator, pass on Chip Kelly

Jaguars retain offensive coordinator, pass on Chip Kelly

It appears the Jaguars have passed on Chip Kelly for a second time this month.

After reportedly not getting their head coaching job, Kelly reportedly interviewed for their offensive coordinator position on Monday.

But two days later, Jacksonville announced that Nathaniel Hackett has been retained as offensive coordinator under head coach Doug Marrone.

Kelly told CSNBayArea.com recently he would take his time to determine his next career move.

“I’m not going to close the door on any opportunity, but I have to be very smart in what I do next,” Kelly said two days after his firing. “I don’t have to take anything, but I wouldn’t rule anything out. I need to make sure that I’m in the right situation.

“I don’t know what the future holds. I’ll do my due diligence. I’m not going to coach just to coach.”

The 49ers fired Kelly with three years, $18 million remaining in his contract. The 49ers hired Kelly just two weeks after the Philadelphia Eagles fired him. Kelly went 26-21 with the Eagles after leaving his successful program with the Oregon Ducks after the 2012 season.

Report: Shanahan announced as 49ers' coach to Falcons' staff

Report: Shanahan announced as 49ers' coach to Falcons' staff

The 49ers feel certain they have landed their head coach, according to sources.

And the Atlanta Falcons are reportedly convinced offensive Kyle Shanahan will be entering the head-coaching ranks with the 49ers next season, too.

Atlanta coach Dan Quinn made an announcement to coaches that Shanahan would be the 49ers’ next coach, Mike Silver of the NFL Network reported Wednesday, adding everyone in the room was “super supportive.”

On Wednesday, Quinn was asked at a press conference about Shanahan and the 49ers.

“I know it’s for sure out there, (but it’s) definitely not our story to tell,” Quinn said. “They (the 49ers) will for sure reach out to (general manager) Thomas (Dimitroff) and to the organization and there will be a window for them if they’d like to visit with him for next week. But that’s really where it’s at, and there’s nothing left to do until then."

The Falcons will face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game. The 49ers will have a second interview with Shanahan after the game. Shanahan will also become involved in the process to hire the 49ers’ next general manager.

The 49ers are checking with the NFL to determine what is allowable under the league’s anti-tampering policy, according to a league source. If the Falcons win on Sunday, the 49ers would not be able to officially hire Shanahan until after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

According to sources, the 49ers have narrowed their initial search for the next general manager to four candidates: Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst of Green Bay, Minnesota’s George Paton and Terry McDonough of Arizona.

The general manager candidates are expected to meet with Shanahan, but it’s unclear whether Shanahan can interview the candidates if the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl and he is not officially the 49ers’ coach. The 49ers are expected to hold a second round of general manager interviews early next week and could fill the position by the end of next week.