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Louis Riddick claims he nearly got the 49ers G.M. job

SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 18:  Running back Ricky Watters #32 of the San Francisco 49ers stiff arms Atlanta Falcons safety Louis Riddick #26 during a game at Candlestick Park on October 18, 1992 in San Francisco, California.  The 49ers won 34-28.  (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images) Getty Images

Before ESPN analyst and former NFL defensive back Louis Riddick changed his tune about the 49ers, he claims he nearly heard the sweet music of “you’re hired.”

Riddick, via SportsBusiness Daily, told ESPN Radio that he almost got the G.M. job in San Francisco.

Specifically, Riddick said he was “very, very, very, very, very, very, very close” to becoming the General Manager of the team, and that he didn’t get the job because he and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels were a “package deal.”

“It was either going to be him and I, or it wasn’t,” Riddick said of a pairing of McDaniels and Riddick in San Francisco. “Josh, for his personal reasons, decided that now wasn’t a good time. When he decided that — which I was on board with that, obviously — therefore I wasn’t in the running anymore.”

If that’s the case, Riddick should have removed his name from consideration along with McDaniels. Instead, Riddick was eliminated by the team while he was still a candidate.

Riddick also claims that he had a “great interview” with owner Jed York and right-hand man Paraag Marathe.

“It went awesome,” Riddick said. “I got a lot of great feedback from them. I felt that my plan was rock solid, and if it was something that would’ve worked out for Josh and myself overall, then we would be there. But it had nothing to do with anything other than the fact that the pairing, it just wasn’t the right time for us to do that.”

That explanation eliminates a potential explanation for his decision to drop the 49ers’ opening from first of six to sixth of six based on the things he learned about the team. Which suggests that he dropped the job from No. 1 to No. 6 primarily due to something else, like spite — or possibly due to the fact that No. 6 is how he really felt and he nudged the job to No. 1 when it looked like he would be getting it.

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25 Responses to “Louis Riddick claims he nearly got the 49ers G.M. job”
  1. rdrs68 says: Feb 17, 2017 1:30 PM

    With his insistence on bringing McHooody along Louis has just joined the “do not hire” club.

  2. 700levelvet says: Feb 17, 2017 1:30 PM

    Hundreds of thousands of people interview for a job everyday

  3. dragonfly99 says: Feb 17, 2017 1:38 PM

    What a coincidence, so did I.

  4. MichaelEdits says: Feb 17, 2017 1:39 PM

    So did I. Very few people wanted the damn thing.

  5. scoreatwill says: Feb 17, 2017 1:46 PM

    Just another ESPN blowhard trying to advance himself thru face time. Maybe he should look at why he didn’t get the job or interviewed by anyone else! Could be you bring nothing to the table? Just because your employed by ESPN doesn’t mean you are qualified!

  6. QB Film Room says: Feb 17, 2017 1:48 PM

    Good luck with finding a QB In SF

  7. maverick2560 says: Feb 17, 2017 1:49 PM

    He almost did and then he was to hire Patriots Offensive co- ordinator Josh McDaniel. When Riddick wasn’t hired …McDaniels tried to get Caserio to go to 49’ers. When Caserio said no…McDaniels
    dropped out.

  8. GrantRodgers says: Feb 17, 2017 1:58 PM

    @ 700levelvet
    “Hundreds of thousands of people interview for a job everyday”

    If you have any leads, please let me know.

  9. RegisHawk says: Feb 17, 2017 2:05 PM

    Sounds like someone’s upset because they didn’t interview him and is taking it out on one of the guys they did…

  10. winningisabrees says: Feb 17, 2017 2:11 PM

    me too

  11. eastcoastninerfan says: Feb 17, 2017 2:37 PM

    Love it when they link to Seinfeld videos!

  12. carpalboss says: Feb 17, 2017 2:46 PM

    I was trying to make a reference to “The Chronicles of Riddick” or “Former Heavyweight Champion Riddick Bowe” but I’ve got nothing…..

  13. diehardfootballfan says: Feb 17, 2017 2:56 PM

    Yea I was close to winning the lottery last nite.

  14. raiderrob21 says: Feb 17, 2017 3:10 PM

    Sounds like Jed and Lynch will use Riddicks plan to attempt to stop the dumpster fire in Santa Clara

  15. bondsncruz says: Feb 17, 2017 3:18 PM

    The 49ers hired the right people (finally). The fact that Riddick hasn’t moved on, and continues to talk about it, proves he would’ve been a bad hire.

  16. I prefer my Crush to be Orange says: Feb 17, 2017 3:33 PM

    I nearly won the lottery.

  17. joetoronto says: Feb 17, 2017 3:44 PM

    The 49ers hired anyone that would work for them, what a dumpster fire.

  18. uglydingo says: Feb 17, 2017 3:58 PM

    Lesson for Louis – There is big risk in hitching yourself to someone else and trying to sell it as a package deal. These billionaire NFL owners are pretty gullible but the all in package deal (Coach + GM) isn’t selling so well this season.

  19. TheBrownswillstinkagain says: Feb 17, 2017 4:01 PM

    And i came very very very very close to marrying a Victoria’s Secret Supermodel

  20. rootpain says: Feb 17, 2017 4:36 PM

    Yeah well Brady wanted me to do the face to face interview in Montana. But I had to agree to share credit with Adam Schefter. I said no. But it was this close……

  21. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 17, 2017 5:06 PM

    He was just a few numbers off on his lottery ticket as well.

  22. icebowler says: Feb 17, 2017 5:33 PM

    “owner Jed York and right-hand man Paraag Marathe.”
    *********************************************
    Who the heck is this Paraag dude? 1st I’ve ever heard of him.

  23. jlinatl says: Feb 17, 2017 5:45 PM

    Surely there was some spite. More surely, nobody could possibly have believed that job was ever number 1

  24. whodey420 says: Feb 17, 2017 5:51 PM

    TheBrownswillstinkagain says:
    Feb 17, 2017 4:01 PM
    And i came very very very very close to marrying a Victoria’s Secret Supermodel

    Really? I gave one a facial once. Then I closed the
    catalogue. :/

  25. happy1114 says: Feb 17, 2017 8:43 PM

    Should never have been a candidate anyway… No cred to be considered… LOOOOOSER to say he almost got the job,who does that?

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