Baalke: 49ers not looking to replace Gore


Baalke: 49ers not looking to replace Gore

May 6, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comRunning back Frank Gore enters the final year of his contract, and the 49ers have now selected running backs in the past three drafts.While the 49ers are planning for life without Gore as the 49ers' every-down back, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said the club has no intention of running him out of town."I think you always have to plan for the future," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said upon the selection of Oklahoma State running Kendall Hunter."We look at Frank as a 49er and a guy that we would love to have here for his career. This isn't a move to try to replace Frank by any stretch. He's a 49er. Those are the guys that we want to keep in the fold. This is just a chance for us to add a quality player at a position that we needed another player at."
The 49ers selected Hunter on Saturday in the fourth round with the No. 115 overall pick. Hunter rushed for more than 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore and again as a senior. Injuries limited his production as junior.Hunter (5-foot-7 14, 199 pounds) is outside the mold of running backs the 49ers have drafted over the past two decades. The last running back the 49ers selected -- and who wasn't immediately released -- that compares to Hunter's size was Dexter Carter. A first-round pick in 1990, Carter was 5-9, 170.The 49ers selected 236-pound Anthony Dixon in the sixth round of the 2010 draft. A year earlier, the 49ers invested a third-round selection in power-running Glen Coffee. After one full NFL season, Coffee abruptly retired last summer during training camp.Dixon ended up sharing time with veteran Brian Westbrook after Gore's injury. Westbrook was the 49ers' second-leading rusher with 340 yards on 77 carries, while Dixon gained 237 yards on 70 attempts. Westbrook is a free agent and the club has no intention of re-signing him with a backfield already consisting of Gore, Dixon and Hunter.
Prior to sustaining a season-ending hip fracture in the 11th game of last season, Gore was on the field for 558 or the 49ers' 602 offensive plays (92.7 percent). In selecting Hunter, the 49ers do not believe they are getting just a third-down contributor, Baalke said."We feel real good with him as a three-down, actually a four-down contributor," Baalke said. "He's a guy that proved that during the season. Obviously, he's a skilled running back. He also offers us some very good value as a kickoff returner. As he showed at the Senior Bowl, he can step up in pass-protection. He did very well in the one-on-ones. We're looking at him as a complete back, not just a change-of-pace guy."

Report: Shanahan 'almost certain' to accept 49ers' offer


Report: Shanahan 'almost certain' to accept 49ers' offer

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is reportedly “almost certain” to accept the 49ers’ offer to become head coach.

Shanahan is the lone remaining candidate among the six individuals who interviewed with 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe. The 49ers plan for a second interview with Shanahan and a job offer, a source told Shanahan is expected to accept the 49ers’ offer, reports Michael Silver of the NFL Network, citing sources familiar with both parties.

The 49ers continued to work Tuesday evening on the process of narrowing down the general manager choices, a source said. Shanahan is expected to play a role in the select the team’s next GM, sources said.

On Tuesday, Seattle offensive line coach Tom Cable and Seahawks co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner removed their names from consideration for the vacant coach and general manager positions. The 49ers fired Chip Kelly and Trent Baalke after the 49ers' 2-14 season.

One source said Cable and Kirchner believed the 49ers were using them as leverage to hire Shanahan. Cable interviewed with 49ers co-chair Denise DeBartolo York over the phone on Tuesday, NFL Network reported.

The 49ers are allowed to interview Shanahan for a second time after the Falcons’ NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. The 49ers are prohibited from hiring or making a formal contract offer to Shanahan until the Falcons' season has concluded.

The top remaining candidates for the general manager job are believed to be Green Bay executives Brian Gutekunst and Eliot Wolf, Arizona's Terry McDonough and Minnesota's George Paton.

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 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.