Rookie Smith, veteran Gore up for NFL honors

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Rookie Smith, veteran Gore up for NFL honors

After a slow start to his season, Frank Gore is starting to roll. Without a 100-yard effort in his first three games of the season, Gore has rattled off three straight 100 yard rushing games, his most recent a huge 141-yard effort, which included a touchdown, in San Francisco's 25-19 win in Detroit.

For his performance, the NFL has nominated Frank Gore for the Fedex Ground player of the Week Award. You can vote on NFL.com here. Rookie linebacker Aldon Smith didn't register a tackle in the first two games of his career in San Francisco, but the outside pass-rusher from Missouri seems to be coming into his own. He's piled up 5.5 sacks in his last three games, including two (one for a safety) in San Francisco's win in Detroit. Smith also had a pass defensed and a forced fumble to go along with four tackles. For his performance, the NFL has nominated Aldon Smith for the league's Pepsi Rookie of the Week Award for Week 6. You can vote on NFL.com here.

Report: Former 49ers OC expected to join Bears coaching staff

Report: Former 49ers OC expected to join Bears coaching staff

It appears that Curtis Modkins will not be back with the 49ers in 2017.

San Francisco's offensive coordinator under Chip Kelly is expected to become the Bears' running backs coach, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

The 49ers were 27th in points per game (19.3) and 31st in yards per game (308.1).

Prior to joining the 49ers, Modkins coached Detroit's running backs from 2013 to 2015. He was Buffalo's offensive coordinator from 2010 to 2012.
 

Source: Louis Riddick out of running for 49ers general manager

Source: Louis Riddick out of running for 49ers general manager

The 49ers on Tuesday began informing candidates for the team’s general manager position that they would not be brought back for second interviews, according to a team spokesman.

One of the individuals who did not make it past the first round of interviews is ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, a source told CSNBayArea.com.

Riddick was closely associated with coach candidate Josh McDaniels, the New England Patriots’ offensive coordinator. McDaniels removed himself from consideration for the team’s head-coaching opening on Monday. Riddick previously worked in the personnel departments of Washington and Philadelphia.

Another source told CSNBayArea.com that Indianapolis vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III was informed he will not get a second interview for GM post, either.

“The 49ers pared down its list of general manager candidates Tuesday morning and thanked those who will not be included in the second round of interviews,” 49ers spokeman Bob Lange posted on Twitter. “Upcoming interviews will be announced as they were in the first round.”

The 49ers will seek second interviews with Green Bay executives Brian Gutekunst and Eliot Wolf, along with Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton. Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough is also still believed to be in the mix.

One source described the 49ers’ general manager search as “fluid.” The 49ers are expected to formally offer Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan the head-coaching position after the Falcons’ season has concluded.

The 49ers want to match a coach and general manager. Shanahan, if he officially accepts the 49ers’ offer, would likely be involved in the process to hire the 49ers’ next general manager.