Solari, Drevno rapport developed during lockout


Solari, Drevno rapport developed during lockout

SANTA CLARA -- Offensive line coaches Mike Solari and Tim Drevno agreed to sit down together for an interview this week in the meeting room that's set aside for their position group.
They agreed to carve out a 20-minute slice from their work day. But the interview had to take place at 7 a.m. -- before the bulk of their work day began.
The Q&A is split up into two parts. In Part I, Solari and Drevno talk about their unique work arrangement:Did the NFL lockout have any benefits for you?
Solari: "It did in the sense that it gave us more time to get on the same page and talk. Greg (Roman) did a great job of organizing the meetings and putting us all on the same page."As far as the interaction that has to take place between you two guys, did that help in getting to know each other better?
Drevno: "Absolutely, because you're spending time, looking at film, talking through things. We had a lot of time to talk through all the different types of situations. It was really good for the relationship, to trust one another. It was good growing time."Did you know each other before that?
Solari: "No."
Drevno: "No."What was your first reaction when you knew Tim was coming over from Stanford?
Solari: "It was good, just because you knew that Tim had been with Jim (Harbaugh) and Greg, so there's a resource that he knows exactly what they're thinking and he's got great insight."You knew of Mike Solari, how did you react with that possibility of coming here?
Drevno: "I was really excited about it. With Mike, being in the NFL so long, what a great opportunity it was for myself to be able to work with him and learn the lay of the land in the National Football League. I was really excited. When you're with a great coach like Mike Solari, he's seen a lot of football in his life. And I knew our team was going to be stronger because of him."So this was an chance to learn the NFL game from Solari?
Drevno: "Yeah, there's so much . . . at this level, it's so different from college. The volume of the looks, what you can get every Sunday. It's a learning curve. Football is football at the end of the day, but there's more volume at this level, and there are better football players."And you could lean on Tim a lot for the system that was coming in?
Solari: "Yeah, and Tim is a very fine football coach and he had some good ideas and does some nice things. He has some thoughts on techniques that have helped. So it's good."Have you ever been in a set-up quite like this?
Solari: "No. It's been very good, though."What's been good about it?
Solari: "The benefit of having somebody like Tim, his ability, to have two good line coaches who can lean on each other and share ideas, the insight, the trust and when you look at it, that's the most important thing. The trust factor that Tim's an outstanding coach and a good teacher. He's good in his presentations. He does a nice job. And when you have trust, that's the strength of the staff, when you can trust each other."Did the lockout help in building that trust?
Solari: "I think so. When we talk about that, that's what that did. It gave us more time to get to know one another. That's the hardest thing with a new staff, and we had all that time, great time. It eliminated a lot of mistakes and miscommunication because you're communicating more, talking more, seeing more, as a staff. That was a benefit in that aspect."Was there any uneasiness coming in with Mike already here?
Drevno: "No. This was a great opportunity for us to be successful. I learned that every day you want to learn as a football coach, and there was no uneasiness at all. As a coach, you got to check your ego at the door. There are a lot of people who have great ideas, and to be able to learn from Mike has been awesome."How do you divide up the duties?
Solari: "We talk to each other about what we have to do in meetings or the practice field, whatever we need to get done to get the players to perform at the highest level. That's the most important thing: To get them on the same page. That's our responsibility in this room."Do you talk the night before?
Solari: "It's a daily thing. It could be arranged the night before when we look at film, in the sense if we see something we're not doing at a high level. We talk about, 'We need to get this done.' We need to do this. It's sharing ideas. It's at all times. It could be a last-second in the sense of looking at film in here with the players and something glaring or a highlight, 'He's not doing this properly' or 'This technique is not at a championship level.' So we get it done. It's constant. In game plan, it could be anywhere from a Monday night or a Tuesday prior to the players coming into the facility. So it's constant. And you have your highlights. And during the week if something shows up on the film that they're not performing or technique that they're not doing, so you might want to put emphasis on it for the next day or that practice, immediately."Is there any delineation between who's working with guards and centers or tackles?
Drevno: "No, we just coach them together."Was there ever a concern of having two voices in the room, so one coaches isn't saying one thing and the other something else?
Solari: "That's critical. That goes back to what you asked earlier about that time during the lockout. That's what allowed Tim and I to do, in the sense of making sure we had the same verbiage and the same teaching points. That was constant. Tim and I kept sharing ideas and we came up with the best way to do it. That was very, very beneficial."What is your day like? You guys are here at what time?
Solari: "We get in early."You guys are practically married to each other?
Solari: "The whole coaching staff is. . . . Everybody gets in early and leaves late and we do what we have to do to get the job done."Do you guys like each other (asked with a laugh)?
Drevno: "Mike's a great guy. I respect the heck out of him."
Solari: "It's awesome."

Report: Shanahan 'almost certain' to accept 49ers' offer

Report: Shanahan 'almost certain' to accept 49ers' offer

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is reportedly “almost certain” to accept the 49ers’ offer to become head coach.

Shanahan is the lone remaining candidate among the six individuals who interviewed with 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe. The 49ers plan for a second interview with Shanahan and a job offer, a source told Shanahan is expected to accept the 49ers’ offer, reports Michael Silver of the NFL Network, citing sources familiar with both parties.

The 49ers continued to work Tuesday evening on the process of narrowing down the general manager choices, a source said. Shanahan is expected to play a role in the select the team’s next GM, sources said.

On Tuesday, Seattle offensive line coach Tom Cable and Seahawks co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner removed their names from consideration for the vacant coach and general manager positions. The 49ers fired Chip Kelly and Trent Baalke after the 49ers' 2-14 season.

One source said Cable and Kirchner believed the 49ers were using them as leverage to hire Shanahan. Cable interviewed with 49ers co-chair Denise DeBartolo York over the phone on Tuesday, NFL Network reported.

The 49ers are allowed to interview Shanahan for a second time after the Falcons’ NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. The 49ers are prohibited from hiring or making a formal contract offer to Shanahan until the Falcons' season has concluded.

The top remaining candidates for the general manager job are believed to be Green Bay executives Brian Gutekunst and Eliot Wolf, Arizona's Terry McDonough and Minnesota's George Paton.

Source: 49ers plan second interview with Shanahan; Cable withdraws name

Source: 49ers plan second interview with Shanahan; Cable withdraws name

The 49ers will interview Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan after this weekend’s NFC Championship game, a source told on Tuesday.

The only remaining head-coach candidate, Tom Cable, formally withdrew from consideration, according to his agent, Doug Hendrickson. Cable interviewed with the 49ers on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the 49ers also have a general manager vacancy to fill. The team is in the process of narrowing down their list of eight candidates, a source said. Seattle’s Trent Kirchner pulled his name from consideration on Tuesday. The 49ers could have a round of second interviews for the GM job.

The 49ers fired coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke after the club finished the regular season with a 2-14 record.

The 49ers conducted their first interview with Shanahan on Jan. 6, as allowed by NFL rules, when the Falcons were on their bye in the first week of the playoffs as the NFC’s No. 2 seed.

The 49ers are allowed to conduct a second interview with Shanahan next week, regardless of whether the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl or their season comes to a conclusion against the Green Bay Packers.

If the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl, the 49ers would not be able to make a formal contract offer to Shanahan until following the Super Bowl.

Shanahan, 37, is the son for two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Shanahan. He has served nine NFL seasons as an offensive coordinator. His offenses have ranked in the top-10 of total offense in six of those seasons.

Shanahan interviewed for the head-coaching vacancies with Jacksonville and Denver this offseason. Another scheduled interview with the Los Angeles Rams was canceled when Rams officials could not get to Atlanta due to weather conditions.