Boone opens 49ers' camp as favorite for starting role


Boone opens 49ers' camp as favorite for starting role

The 49ers saw an opportunity to upgrade at right guard. They did not offer contracts to incumbent Adam Snyder or his top backup from a year ago, Chilo Rachal. But, then, they did not spend a lot of time looking outside the organization for a new starter.
Then, the 49ers did not sign any veterans in free agency, and the only player added to the mix was a fourth-round draft pick who is recovering from a serious foot injury.Still, the 49ers believe they're in good position on the offensive line heading into training camp:Offensive line
When news broke this offseason that the 49ers planned to convert backup tackle Alex Boone to right guard, it was expected he would take part in a fierce competition for the starting job. Now, it's questionable whether there will even be a competition during training camp.Boone made a relatively seamless transition from his role as the 49ers' backup tackle on both sides. In the offseason, he showed plenty of promise as he adapted to his new assignments, stance and technique. If he can keep it going when the pads go on, Boone will undoubtedly be the starting right guard to open the season.The rest of the 49ers' offensive line appears set with incumbents: left tackle Joe Staley, left guard Mike Iupati, center Jonathan Goodwin and right tackle Anthony Davis.Early in the offseason, the 49ers took a look at veteran free-agent guards Leonard Davis, Jason Brown, Deuce Lutui and Geoff Schwartz. But the only interior lineman they have added is guard Joe Looney, a fourth-round draft pick whom the 49ers selected after trading out of the third round.Looney sustained a very serious Lisfranc foot fracture during practice before the Senior Bowl. Looney was seen rehabbing throughout the offseason, but he was not cleared to participate in practices. Coach Jim Harbaugh said he expects Looney to be available "at some point in training camp."The team's top interior backup figures to be second-year player Daniel Kilgore, who worked this offseason as the backup center and could be the long-term answer to eventually take over for Goodwin.The 49ers will suit up seven offensive linemen among the 46 players allowed to be in uniform for regular-season games. Kilgore appears to be in line to be the top backup. Kilgore could fill the role as the backup at center and both guard positions. If a replacement tackle were needed, Boone could take on that responsibility with Kilgore filling in at right guard.The 49ers figure to keep 10 or 11 offensive linemen around during the regular season (including practice squad). So there will be plenty of competition for those spots.Mike Person was on the 49ers' 53-man roster last season as a rookie, but he did not suit up for any games. He lined with the second team at left tackle during the offseason program. He also saw some action at guard.Rookie Jason Slowey, a sixth-round draft pick from Western Oregon, was the third-team center behind Goodwin and Kilgore. Chase Beeler, who underwent surgery to repair a broken right had, saw limited work during the offseason. He spent much of his rookie season on the 49ers' practice squad.Kenny Wiggins and Al Netter worked at right tackle. Garrett Chisolm and Derek Hall worked at guard on the second team, while David Gonzales lined up at guard with the third team.

Report: Chip Kelly interviews for Jags' OC job

Report: Chip Kelly interviews for Jags' OC job

Former 49ers coach Chip Kelly, who was fired hours after the club’s 2-14 season, is reportedly interviewing Monday to become the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive coordinator.

Kelly is interviewing with Jaguars new head coach Doug Marrone, reports radio station 1010 XL in Jacksonville.

Kelly told recently he would take his time to determine his next career move. Kelly interviewed for the Jaguars’ head-coaching job, ESPN reported over the weekend.

“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.

Pats OC McDaniels 'impressed' by York, Marathe

Pats OC McDaniels 'impressed' by York, Marathe

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels announced Monday morning he has pulled his name from consideration for the 49ers’ head-coaching job.

McDaniels interviewed with 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe on Saturday, Jan. 7, while the Patriots were on the bye week as the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs. McDaniels indicated he also met with Brian Hampton, the 49ers’ director of football administration and analytics.

"I was really impressed with Jed York and Paraag and Brian, and people that came for the 49ers organization,” McDaniels said in a conference call with reporters who cover the Patriots.

“They did a great job with their presentation,” McDaniels added. “Again, (I’m) humbled to be included in that process. At this time, it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England, and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out."

McDaniels said his main focus would be on helping prepare the Patriots to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in the AFC Championship game.

McDaniels, 40, was viewed as one of the hot head-coaching candidates, along with Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, this offseasons. He has served the past five seasons as New England’s offensive coordinator under Bill Belichick.

Shanahan becomes the leading candidate for the 49ers’ job. The 49ers interviewed Seattle offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable on Sunday. Shanahan and Cable are the only known remaining candidates for the job to replace Chip Kelly, who was hired after a 2-14 season.

McDaniels became Denver’s head coach in 2009. He was fired after 12 games in 2010 after his teams compiled an 11-17 record. He returned to the Patriots in 2012 and has served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Bill Belichick’s staff.

McDaniels, who also interviewed with the 49ers last year, also had interviews on Jan. 7 with Jacksonville and the Los Angeles Rams. Jacksonville hired Doug Marrone, while the Rams hired Sean McVay.

“I've always said how grateful I am for this opportunity to work here for Mr. Kraft his family and coach under Bill with a lot of great guys on our staff and have the privilege to work with the players we get to work with each day," McDaniels said. "It's a great opportunity. Very thankful to be here and very much looking forward to this week against Pittsburgh."