On a conference call Thursday in which he answered questions about the NFL's approval of a 200 million loan for the 49ers' Santa Clara stadium effort, team president Jed York concluded with some words about his uncle.Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., who oversaw the 49ers as owner from 1977 to 1997, is one of 17 finalists under consideration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Four to seven individuals will be announced for election on Saturday at 2:30 p.m."My uncle is a finalist for the Hall of Fame, and that voting will be on Saturday," York said. "I'm very hopeful that he is given an opportunity to be in the Hall of Fame. He's been one of the greatest owners in the history of professional sports. And he's been a great inspiration to me and many other people that are involved in sports teams. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for him."The 49ers won five Super Bowls under DeBartolo's guidance. DeBartolo would be an easy choice for the Hall of Fame if it weren't for the way his tenure came to an end. He resigned as the controlling owner in December 1997 when he became a target of gambling fraud charges in Louisiana.Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue suspended DeBartolo for the 1999 season and fined him 1 million after DeBartolo pleaded guilty to the felony charge of failing to report an extortion attempt by then-Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards.DeBartolo's sister, Denise, and her husband, John York, took over the 49ers. After the sides launched dueling lawsuits, a settlement was reached in 2000 in which DeBartolo surrendered his stake in the 49ers in exchange for the family's real estate holdings.DeBartolo, who lives in Tampa, Fla., has remained in the background for the past decade. In recent years, he has eagerly served as a sounding board to Jed York, with whom he speaks regularly. DeBartolo accepted his nephew's invitation to appear at Candlestick Park as honorary captain for the 49ers' Championship Game two weeks ago against the New York Giants.The new Hall of Fame class will be chosen from the following list of finalists: Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Jack Butler, Cris Carter, Dermontti Dawson, DeBartolo, Chris Doleman, Kevin Greene, Charles Haley, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin, Bill Parcells, Andre Reed, Willie Roaf, Will Shields, Dick Stanfel and Aeneas Williams.
ASHBURN, Va. — Washington turned to internal candidates to fill two critical vacancies, promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator and Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator.
Cavanaugh was the team's quarterbacks coach and Manusky its outside linebackers coach last season. Washington announced the promotions Monday along with the hires of Kevin O'Connell as quarterbacks coach and Jim Tomsula as defensive line coach.
It has been an offseason of upheaval for the coaching staff after Washington fired defensive coordinator Joe Barry and a few assistants and offensive coordinator Sean McVay left to become head coach of the Los Angeles Rams.
In its efforts to replace Barry after ranking 28th defensively in consecutive seasons, Washington interviewed former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, former Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine and former Buffalo Bills assistant Rob Ryan before opting for Manusky. The 50-year-old Manusky has been defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers and 49ers and worked with Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan in San Francisco.
Known for his fiery personality and booming voice on the practice fields, Manusky had only been on coach Jay Gruden's staff for one season as outside linebackers coach. Middle linebacker Will Compton tweeted: "Congrats to Coach Manusky!" when players were informed of his promotion.
Cavanaugh was Washington's quarterbacks coach for the past two years as Kirk Cousins twice set the franchise record for passing yards in a season. Cousins' status for 2017 remains in doubt after playing last season on the franchise tag, but with McVay gone he'll have a familiar face as his offensive coordinator.
After 13 NFL seasons as a backup quarterback, the 60-year-old Cavanaugh was offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears from 1997-98 and Baltimore Ravens from 1999-2004. O'Connell, Washington's new quarterbacks coach, was an assistant in San Francisco under Chip Kelly last season.
Tomsula, who replaces Robb Akey as defensive line coach, also most recently worked with the 49ers as their head coach in 2015.
The Atlanta Falcons have provided the 49ers with a window from Friday afternoon through Saturday to meet with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, a source told CSNBayArea.com.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn has structured a normal work week to begin preparations to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51, Quinn said at a press conference on Monday. The Falcons will have a day off on Saturday before the team travels to Houston on Sunday.
The 49ers are not allowed to officially hire Shanahan until after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.
Shanahan is the presumptive 49ers coach -- the only candidate remaining among the six whom 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe interviewed. Shanahan's offense rolled up 493 total yards and converted 10 of 13 (77 percent) third-down opportunities en route to a 44-21 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.
“I’m really proud of him,” said Quinn, who was hired by the Falcons two years ago after he served as Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator in Super Bowl 49.
“It’s not easy to do when there’s a lot of speculation and things going on outside your world to stay dialed in. I think it’s one that should be commended. Being on point and going for it, he totally nailed that.”
Shanahan is also expected to be heavily involved in the 49ers’ search for a general manager. The two remaining candidates among the nine who previously interviewed are Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton and Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough.
The 49ers have left open the possibility of adding more GM candidates to the list, according to a source.