49ers rookie Smith mimics Cowboys' Ware


49ers rookie Smith mimics Cowboys' Ware

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Matt MaioccoCSNBayArea.com
SANTA CLARA -- When the 49ers selected Aldon Smith with the No. 7 overall pick, there were some comparisons made to Dallas Cowboys' pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware.Those comparisons appeared highly fitting this week, as 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman has enlisted Smith's help to get his unit prepared to face Ware and the Cowboys on Sunday at Candlestick Park."Every week you want to match up your scout team as best you can to what you're about to face," Roman said on Thursday. "So Aldon, when he's not taking reps, if he can give us some looks, that just helps us out."Smith said he played the role of Ware twice during Wednesday's practice. Ware is somebody with whom Smith is familiar because of the successful transition he made from defensive end at Troy State to outside linebacker in the NFL."He played with his hand down at Troy, so I've been watching how he's been able to adjust to the NFL standing on two feet," Smith said. "I've watched a lot of film on him.""We got a lot of things in common, as far as how we're built. He's a great pass rusher. And any time you can learn from somebody like that, you have to take the chance to."Ware was listed at 6-3 12, 247 pounds with 34-inch arms coming out of college. Smith is listed at 6-4, 258 with 35 38-inch arms.Those are the only comparables at this stage in their careers. Ware has not missed a game since breaking into the league as the No. 11 overall draft pick in 2005. He has recorded 82 career sacks, including two in an opening-game loss to the New York Jets.
Smith did not get any sacks in his NFL debut Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks as a nickel pass-rusher, but he did use his long arms to bat down a Tarvaris Jackson pass at the line of scrimmage against the Seahawks.There was also a notable play early in the game when a Seahawks blocker attempted to cut-block Smith. The block nearly upended him, but Smith nearly did a hand-stand with both hands on the ground. He somehow remained on his feet."I just reacted," Smith said, "trying not to get on the ground and being athletic."

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)