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."

Report: 49ers 'honing in' on Shanahan as next head coach

Report: 49ers 'honing in' on Shanahan as next head coach

One day after interviewing Seattle assistant Tom Cable for the head coach job, the 49ers on Monday are turning their attention to the Seahawks’ front office.

Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner is scheduled to interview with 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe, beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, a source told

The Seahawks’ other co-director of player personnel, Scott Fitterer, is scheduled to interview with the 49ers after Kirchner.

The Seahawks were eliminated from the NFC playoffs on Saturday against the Atlanta Falcons and their employees are eligible to be hired immediately.

All indications are the 49ers are waiting for Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan or New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, whose teams advanced to the conference title games. But McDaniels announced Monday morning that he plans to stay in New England.

The 49ers are reportedly “honing in on” hiring Shanahan, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday, citing sources.

McDaniels has pulled his name out of the coaching search Monday to focus on the playoffs and will remain with the Patriots for the 2017 season.

"At this time, it's best for my family and myself to remain here," said during a conference call with reports on Monday.

Cable, 52, the Seahawks’ offensive line/assistant head coach, joined Pete Carroll’s staff in 2011. He served as Raiders head coach from 2008 to ’10, taking over that duty on an interim basis after replacing Lane Kiffin.

The Raiders were 17-27 under Cable, whose tenure with the Raiders was marked by controversy. In August 2009, he allegedly punched assistant Randy Hanson during an altercation at the team’s training camp in Napa. Hanson reportedly sustained a broken jaw.

Moreover, ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” reported in 2009 that Cable abused three separate women – two of whom made their allegations in interviews – dating back more than 20 years.

Kirchner interviewed for general manager positions with Detroit and the New York Jets the past two years. His focus has been more on the professional scouting side with the Seahawks. He helped facilitate the trades to acquire Marshawn Lynch and Jimmy Graham, as well as the free-agent signings of Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril.

Fitterer’s emphasis has bee more on evaluating college prospects. He’s had influence in the Seahawks’ drafts, which have netted such stars as Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas.

Ex-49ers O-line coach lands with Jaguars

Ex-49ers O-line coach lands with Jaguars

Pat Flaherty, the 49ers’ offensive line coach under Chip Kelly, was hired Saturday to Doug Marrone’s staff with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

CEO Jed York has given all of the 49ers’ coaches and scouts permission to seek employment with organizations during the team’s search for a new coach and general manager. York said the new coach and GM will have the power to assemble their own staffs.

Before joining Kelly’s staff, Flaherty, 60, coached the New York Giants’ offensive line for 13 seasons under Tom Coughlin. The Giants won Super Bowl titles following the 2007 and 2011 seasons.

The Jaguars announced this week Coughlin was returning to the organization as executive vice president of football operations.

“Pat Flaherty not only has 17 years of NFL coaching experience, he also has helped several offensive linemen become Pro Bowl players in their careers, such as Chris Snee, Shaun O’Hara and David Diehl,” Coughlin said in a statement. “His work with the Giants’ offensive line helped that team win two Super Bowls. His credentials are impeccable and his vast knowledge and teaching ability will be a great benefit for our offensive linemen.”

The 49ers surrendered 47 sacks this season, ranking 30th in the league. The team ranked fourth in rushing, averaging 126.2 yards per game.