49ers Narrow General Manager Search

The 49ers have informed several candidates from their general manager search that they’re out of the running for the job, per a team announcement.

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

Specifically, the Niners will not invite Panthers assistant GM Brandon Beane, Seahawks co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer, Colts vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III or ESPN analyst Louis Riddick back for second interviews, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee (Twitter link).

Even before San Francisco eliminated those four from its GM mix, each seemingly had slim odds to land the role. Packers director of college scouting Brian Gutekunst emerged as the favorite earlier this week, and the Niners will also reportedly hold second meetings with Green Bay director of football operations Eliot Wolf and Vikings assistant GM George Paton next week. Those interviews will take place in Atlanta, where Kyle Shanahan coaches. The current Falcons offensive coordinator is the only candidate left for the 49ers’ head coaching position, and he’s set to help the team’s management pick a GM.

Along with Gutekunst, Wolf and Paton, Cardinals vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough is still in play, per Barrows. However, the 49ers have not yet requested another sitdown with him.

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10 comments on “49ers Narrow General Manager Search

  1. MiamiPhins34

    It’s hard to think of any other team that fell so far, so fast in terms of talent level on their roster.

    • mcdusty31

      The retirements didn’t help at all but said retirements became a gaping hole particularly because of poor drafts with too many picks going to “red shirt” players coming off injuries

  2. BayAreaSportsFan

    The 49ers had the best defense in the league, by far, and then in a matter on 14 months(ish) we lost all of them. Justin smith is irreplaceable, never before have I seen a man grab two 300lbers and move then backwards, one in each arm. Willis was insane on defense, and when it was clear those two were done everyone else hung it up too. It’s a shame how it happened, also, 49ers fans aren’t typical football fans and nobody was happy with how the coaching situation is being handled. Tomsula was a highly respected locker room guy, and Kelly wasn’t even given a fair chance, as the 49ers had more cap space last year than ever before. We know a rebuild takes a few years, and it made no sense to try and scape goat coaches. Yorks are fools, and they thought they had the fans fooled, Denise debartalo, I mean York, obviously recognized that this offseason, or got a call from her brother to wake her up… God we need Eddie d back.

  3. bowserhound

    Hire whomever you want, they can’t and won’t help for at least 3 years. Just enough time to get fired.

    • Rufus Bess

      Bet Jed would think Sonny Dykes would be a great offensive coordinator so he could keep the flag hater!

  4. Rufus Bess

    Niners to name Preston Reilly as consultant to ownership. Excellent move.

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