Recapping a week of 49ers movement


Recapping a week of 49ers movement

While keeping tabs from afar, there was not a lot of 49ers activity to track in the past week.--The previously reported one-year contract agreement with running back Brandon Jacobs became official. The addition of Jacobs theoretically gives the 49ers another reliable option behind starter Frank Gore.
Jacobs has 56 rushing touchdowns in seven seasons. Gore has 43 touchdowns in the same number of seasons but with about 600 more rushing attempts. On a conference call last week, Jacobs made his case to be the 49ers' short-yardage back.RELATED: Frank Gore career stats Brandon Jacobs career stats
"Well, being 25 or 35 pounds heavier than Frank, I'd hope I'll be the one to get it," Jacobs said. "But Frank has done great in that area the last seven years. He's done great. He has no issue getting in. It's whatever is best for the team."Said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke in a statement, "He has been productive throughout his career, and provides our offense a different dimension. We look forward to incorporating Brandon into our system."The master plan is for Gore and Jacobs to complement each other. Meanwhile, Anthony Dixon has to do a lot of work to keep his spot on the roster.--The 49ers re-signed wide receiver Brett Swain, a non-tendered restricted free agent. As the 49ers try to strengthen the position, Swain faces an uphill battle to win a roster spot.Swain won a mid-season tryout against T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Brian Finneran and Chris Chambers to earn a roster spot. But Swain appeared in just five games, catching two passes for 15 yards. In the NFC championship game, Swain played sparingly as the team opted to use more of Delanie Walker, coming off a fractured jaw, as the No. 2 tight end rather than Swain as the No. 3 wideout.RELATED: Updated 49ers roster Depth chart
--Safety Reggie Smith, an unrestricted free agent, signed with the Carolina Panthers. Smith was the 49ers' No. 3 safety last season. In his season-ending meeting with Baalke, the sides agreed it was in the best interest of both sides for Smith to look for a better opportunity elsewhere. Currently, C.J. Spillman is the 49ers' third safety behind starters Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner. The club will look for another veteran safety andor add at the position in the draft.--Veteran safety Madieu Williams took a free-agent visit to the Washington Redskins and does not appear to be much of a priority for the 49ers to re-sign.
--The 49ers had a visit with veteran interior offensive lineman Jason Brown, whom the St. Louis Rams released late last season. The 49ers have also brought in veterans Leonard Davis and Deuce Lutui for visits, too.RELATED: 49ers bring in OL Leonard Davis and Deuce Lutui
The 49ers can be expected to add a veteran and add a youngster, as they look to build solid competition at right guard to replace Adam Snyder, whom the club did not retain. Snyder signed a five-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

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.

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."