Gore has incentives not to take a week off


Gore has incentives not to take a week off

SAN FRANCISCO -- Running back Frank Gore says he is ready to go after sitting out the second half of the 49ers' game last week with a minor right knee injury.But will the 49ers handle Gore any different than usual Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals with another game looming just four days later at Baltimore on Thanksgiving night?"No, we're not taking that into considerations," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. "This is the most important game of the season. We're not leaving anything for the swim back. That's how we're going about it."As the season winds down, it would seem reasonable that the 49ers would find more play time for backup Kendall Hunter and, perhaps, third-stringer Anthony Dixon to keep Gore fresh entering the playoffs. But Harbaugh said there is only one consideration at this point in the season."We'll do what we have to do to win these games, first and foremost," Harbaugh said. "Frank's health, not going to speculate, don't have a crystal ball."Frank is ready. Kendall is ready. Anthony Dixon did a nice job with the plays that he was in the ball game the other day. (I) feel good about our backs."There is certainly no indication that the 49ers will shut down Gore for a game. That would be a difficult sell for the 49ers. If he's healthy and able to play, he will play. After all, the contract extension Gore signed before the start of the season is largely contingent on his playing a lot of football -- at a high level.
About 7.5 million of Gore's reported four-year, 21 million contract is tied directly to roster bonuses and production. Gore receives approximately 100,000 for every game he is among the 46 players active on regular-season game days.The remainder of the money, in the neighborhood of 750,000 per season, is collected if Gore achieves 1,600 yards combined rushing and receiving annually. Gore has 868 combined yards through nine games.

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 CSNBayArea.com 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."