SANTA CLARA -- While Michael Crabtree is all alone on the 49ers' depth chart at one wide receiver spot, there's been an eitheror scenario on the other side.All the attention this training camp has been on additions Randy Moss and Mario Manningham. Quietly, Ted Ginn is listed first among the three receivers that coach Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers consider "starters."And that's exactly the way Ginn views himself, too.Ginn will earn a 49ers roster spot based primarily on his irreplaceable skills fielding punts and returning kickoffs. But he said he considers himself a wide receiver, first and foremost.After sitting out the offseason program with the same knee injury that kept him out of the NFC Championship, Ginn said he believes he has been given a fair chance during training camp to contribute as a wideout."Yeah, especially coming off the injury and not being able to be in OTAs and the different little spotlights that you'd be able to showcase yourself," Ginn said. "And come in as an older guy in camp, and everybody has been able to show what they have, and still be considered as a starter or in that elite group is a blessing."Ginn figures to be no worse than the 49ers' fourth wide receiver this season because he is virtually assured of suiting up for games because of his return contributions. The 49ers will probably suit up four receivers for games.Ginn, the ninth overall pick of the Miami Dolphins in the 2007 draft, had his best season as a wide receiver in 2008 when he caught 56 passes for 790 yards. But since the 49ers acquired him in 2010 for a fifth-round pick, Ginn has seen a dramatic reduction in his receiving numbers.He caught 12 passes for 163 yards in 2010. He played in 14 games last season with three starts and managed only 19 receptions for 220 yards.Now with a stronger corps of receivers, Ginn is in an even bigger fight to get on the field."You got three or four first-round draft picks all on one squad," Ginn said. "They're great guys. We go out and compete and however it turns out, it'll turn out."As you get older, you start to mature and get wiser. The game is coming to you more and more. Just go out and keep competing and being in a system you have another with, I've been in systems where every year it changes. Just the understanding of it, makes you be who you can be."
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.
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.