NFL combine notebook: Would Eagles trade Kolb?


NFL combine notebook: Would Eagles trade Kolb?

Feb. 24, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comINDIANAPOLIS -- The 49ers are keeping open all their options when it comes to the quarterback position.Coach Jim Harbaugh reiterated Thursday that he would like quarterback Alex Smith to re-sign with the 49ers. But the 49ers will look to add at least two quarterbacks to their roster before the start of the 2011 season.RELATED: Harbaugh wishes Smith 'fresh start' with 49ers
General manager Trent Baalke said the 49ers will explore all possibilities to improve the position, including the draft, free agency and trades.One veteran player the 49ers are likely to track is Philadelphia backup Kevin Kolb. He wants to be a starting quarterback somewhere, but it won't be with the Eagles, as long as Michael Vick is healthy.Eagles general manager Howie Roseman on Thursday did not rule out the possibility Kolb could be traded this offseason -- when trades are allowed to happen.
"We're still evaluating all our options and all our positions," Roseman said. "Obviously, we've been really fortunate to have good quarterbacks. There's Michael, there's Kevin, and we've got a lot of confidence in Mike Kafka. So that's a position that we're always going to want to be strong at . . . We don't discuss any (trade) discussions, external or internal."Here are some other notable quotes from the first day of the NFL scouting combine:Mike Lombardi, NFL Network analyst
"I think Jim (Harbaugh) has to change his offense. I mean you can't run Power-O 50 times like he did at Stanford and be effective. So I think he has to change and grow offensively, which he clearly can do. So I think that's the challenge that waits. And then there's the gap between college and pro that has to get obviously made up. Jim's last year in the NFL was 2003. To me, every three years the NFL dramatically changes over and over again and becomes a different league. So I think his work is challenging. It will take him a little bit of time and this offseason you can utilize the time to prepare him to prepare him what he can do."OGC Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State
On whether he has a style similar to his uncle, former Raiders guard Steve Wisniewski: "I certainly try to be. One thing he was known for was finishing blocks and being a nasty guy and that's what I always try to do.I like to finish my blocks and I'm hearing positive feedback about the way I hustle so that's one way I think we're similar." Steve Wisniewski is currently an assistant offensive line coach with the Raiders, and Stefen was asked if he'd like to play for his uncle. "I think that would be awesome. I couldn't think of a better guy to work for. He's an eight-time Pro Bowler. He's my uncle. There are certainly complications when you get coached by a family member. For anyone who played for their father might know what that's like. But, yes, I'd love to play for my uncle."OT Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
"I know I can play right away. That's my best asset. I'm a draft-ready tackle. . . . I've gone against four potential first-round players this year. I have a better resume of going against better talent than anyone else, so that makes me more (pro) ready." The four players are Adrian Clayborn (Iowa), Ryan Kerrigan (Purdue), Cameron Heyward (Ohio State) and J.J. Watt (Wisconsin).OT Anthony Castonzo, Boston College
The biochemistry major was asked if he takes more pride in his athletic or academic accomplishments. "That's tough. Football is my first love, so I guess it's got to be what I did on the field. I think I put probably more work into what happened on the field. Academics has always come pretty easy to me. Football is something I love so I pour everything I have into it." And what will he do when he's done playing football? "I'd like to open up some kind of foundation and kind of pursue my biochemistry degree and kind of use it to do some sort of medical research."TE Virgil Green, Nevada
On catching passes from Colin Kaepernick: "His arm is pretty strong and he's actually taken a little juice off his ball the last two years. . . . Back in the day, he would just rocket it. You'd catch it and then have to jump back. Now he's got that nice smooth spiral to his ball and he's worked a lot on improving his talents as a quarterback."OG Stephen Schilling, Michigan
On starting 52 games: "It's definitely something I take a lot of pride in. As far as I'm concerned, it's one of my best accomplishments, being able to stay so durable and play so many years there."OT Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State
"The SEC is among the best when it comes to athletes and the speed and the physical aspects of the game. You can go in and look at any SEC game and it'll be very physical and you just compete with each other. It's going to be very hard fought. That's the epitome of the league. It's a tough, physical game and I was right there with it."OT Nate Solder, Colorado
On struggling against Cal's Cameron Jordan: "Well, that was a breakdown in technique from me. You learn not to take anyone for granted and that guy played a heck of a game and you've got to give it to him. And no matter who you go against you can't break down in your technique. That was just a fundamental error on my part."TE Luke Stocker, Tennessee
"I think my strengths are the balance I have. I feel like I'm a really good blocker and I'm a really good receiver. As a defense, that's hard to prepare for. You look at the guys that are hard to prepare for -- the Steelers, the Patriots, the Cowboys -- they have dual-threat guys. And the tight ends are essential."Danny Watkins, Baylor
When asked if his age (26) worries him: "Well, I don't have arthritis so (laughs). I'm a little more mature than the other guys. I don't think it's a negative." Quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs will take center stage at the NFL scouting combine on Friday.

49ers Mailbag: Shanahan is overwhelming favorite, if he wants it


49ers Mailbag: Shanahan is overwhelming favorite, if he wants it

The 49ers have interviewed six head coach candidates and nine prospects for the general manager position.

During the search, 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe admitted to candidates that mistakes were made and the roster is in shambles. They have also promised all the resources necessary and plenty of patience in fixing the problem, according to multiple sources.

Three of the 49ers’ six original coach possibilities – Sean McVay (Los Angeles Rams), Sean McDermott (Buffalo Bills) and Anthony Lynn (Los Angeles Chargers) -- have already taken jobs elsewhere. Perhaps the top candidate, New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, decided against uprooting his four children from the East Coast and remain in the no-lose situation of working with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady for at least another season.

That leaves Kyle Shanahan and Tom Cable as the last known candidates for the job. And this is where we go to our 49ers Mailbag to answer questions submitted on our Facebook page:

Do you think Kyle Shanahan will be our next coach?‬ (Praize Rodriguez)
I’m not able to predict how strongly Shanahan, 37, wants to become a head coach at this stage in his career. But it appears to be his job if he wants it.

The 49ers decided to wait on McDaniels and Shanahan. McDaniels announced on Monday that he has removed himself from consideration. That leaves Shanahan as the overwhelming favorite for the job. Really, he is the only legitimate candidate for the job.

Cable is regarded around the league as a good coach. In the right circumstances, maybe he will again get the opportunity to be a head coach in the NFL. But the 49ers might be the worst fit, considering what occurred when he was in the Bay Area as the Raiders coach. Cable's time with the Raiders ended with allegations he punched an assistant coach, breaking his jaw, and had a history of domestic violence.

The 49ers will be able to speak again with Shanahan after the NFC Championship. If the Atlanta Falcons lose, they can get the deal done immediately. If the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl, they must wait until after the game to make things official.

The last team to wait for a Super Bowl coach was the Atlanta Falcons, who ended up with Dan Quinn, who signed a contract in the early morning after the Seattle Seahawks’ loss to New England in Super Bowl XLIX in February 2015.

That worked out pretty well.

Who would be the best GM fit if the 49ers hire Kyle Shanahan?‬ (Brad Peltier) ‬
The 49ers were the only team with a general manager opening this offseason after firing Trent Baalke. With no competition, the 49ers compiled a strong list of interviews for the job.

Assuming Shanahan wants the coach job, he will be able to meet with the finalists for the general manager position and see which of the remaining candidates he believes is the best fit for his philosophy on building a roster.

York and Marathe set out two weeks ago to find the best pairing of coach/general manager, so their input and direction during the final phase will be pivotal, too.

Arizona’s vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough looks like a strong fit. McDonough is believed to have Shanahan ranked at the top of his list of coaches even though the men have never worked together. McDonough has experience on the pro and college scouting sides, and he has helped build one of the top defenses in the NFL with the Cardinals.

Green Bay director of football operations Brian Gutekunst also has extensive history as a college scout, and he impressed the 49ers with a strong interview on Jan. 5. There is also some buzz about Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton and Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner.

Who do you think will be the defensive coordinator if Shanahan takes the job?‬ (Ryan Cruz)
The 49ers last year received permission from the Houston Texans to interview linebackers coach Mike Vrabel for the position. Vrabel’s stock has only risen after the Texans ranked first in the NFL in total defense under coordinator Romeo Crennel. Vrabel turned down Chip Kelly's job offer.

Vrabel’s name surfaced for the first time this offseason as a head-coaching candidate, though he did not receive a formal interview. This would be a good opportunity to Vrabel to, in essence, be the head coach of the defense while Shanahan’s focus is solely on the offense. This could be a tempting situation for Vrabel because Shanahan's offense does not present the same issues and concerns that defensive coaches had working on the other side of Kelly.

Another strong candidate to join Shanahan’s staff as defensive coordinator is Falcons’ secondary/senior defensive assistant Marquand Manuel. Manuel played eight NFL seasons as a defensive back and worked with Falcons coach Dan Quinn at the University of Florida, then Seattle before moving onto Atlanta.

If Shananahan is coach, is Kap pretty much done in SF?‬ (Juan Ito Heredia)
Of course, that decision on what happens with Colin Kaepernick and the remainder of the roster will be up to the new head coach and general manager.

But one of the 49ers’ main selling points is a fresh start and a clean break from how things have happened in the past. That means the head coach will be free to choose his own staff. That means the general manager can structure the scouting department as he chooses.

That also means, of course, that the coach and general manager will have all the power to assemble the roster.

It is difficult to believe any new coach and new general manager will not want to hit the reset button and start over at the quarterback position.

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.