Harbaugh, Baalke explain affinity for Aldon Smith

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Harbaugh, Baalke explain affinity for Aldon Smith

April 28, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comSANTA CLARA -- So what attracted Missouri defensive endoutside linebacker Aldon Smith to the 49ers?Here's the word from the 49ers' draft room . . . Coach Jim Harbaugh on Aldon Smith
"The draft is full of good players. We took a guy we liked the most as a football player, as a person. We think he has tremendous upside. (We're) excited about adding a Missouri Tiger to our football team.". . . The way he rushes the passer. The way he plays the run. His ability to play on his feet -- what he's done and what we project him to be able to do as an outside linebacker in our 3-4 scheme and add to our defense, add to our pass rush."We watched a lot of tape on him, and we had him here for a visit. I'm really impressed him as a person. He's an All-American young man. He's got great wiring."He's a strong, tough guy who shows he loves football. . . . Another thing I'm excited about is his wingspan -- his Dwayne Wade wingspan. . . . He's very rarely on the ground, unless he's going to make a tackle. Very rarely does he go to the ground, he's got an uncanny ability with his balance, with putting a hand down, being able to get back up and redirect without going to the ground."NEWS: 49ers select OLB Aldon Smith with No. 7 pick
GM Trent Baalke on Aldon Smith
"Well, he's a young man from the University of Missouri. He's young; he's a 20-year old guy. He's a junior that came out early. A guy with a lot of unique skill sets for what we're looking for."Obviously, we had to get better on defense. We had to add to the defensive side of the football and this is a young man that has versatility. He's going to have to learn how to play on his feet in certain situations, but we feel very confident that he can learn to do that."The unique things he brings to the table, the ability to line up at various positions, whether it's on his feet, 5-technique, move down into the 3-technique position at times; just a lot of flexibility and versatility."

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."