Louis Riddick to interview for 49ers G.M. position next week

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Louis Riddick has spent the last few years as a contributor to ESPN where he often talks about the decisions being made by front offices around the league.

The shoe may be on the other foot in 2017. Riddick was identified as a potential candidate for the 49ers’ General Manager job shortly after Trent Baalke was dismissed and his ESPN colleague Adam Schefter reports that Riddick will interview for the vacancy next week.

Riddick was drafted by the 49ers in the ninth round of the 1991 draft, but never played in their defensive backfield during the regular season. He went on to play for the Falcons, Browns and Raiders before moving into scouting with the Redskins. He went on to be their director of player personnel for three seasons and then spent time in the Eagles front office before going into television in 2013.

Being a candidate for a job with the Niners is something that Riddick and ESPN will need to disclose if he’s on the air discussing matters around the league until a new General Manager is named. Riddick has previously used his platform to share the opinion that the 49ers opening was a really appealing one.

The 49ers got rebuffed by Chiefs exec Chris Ballard when they called about an interview, but a pair of Packers execs are expected to speak to the team.

17 responses to “Louis Riddick to interview for 49ers G.M. position next week

  1. Louis seems like a smart, reasonable, knowledgeable guy from his time I have seen on ESPN. As much as I would not pull for a 49ers resurgence as a Cowboys fan, he strikes me as likely a smart choice in trying to rebuild that team. Best wishes to him getting the job!

  2. Riddick just might be desperate enough to take the job, that’s what it’s going to take in Santa Clara and Buffalo, really desperate candidates.

  3. Surely it’s just a coincidence that Riddick has spent the last few days hilariously claiming on-air that the 49ers job was the no.1 most desirable opportunity for a Head Coach

  4. IMO one of the few well-spoken and likable personalities on ESPN. I like his guest appearances and typically find what he has to say interesting. Not sure if he’d be successful in this role, but I suppose I’m rooting for him to do well.

  5. Riddick sounds smart on the air. Trent Baalke sounded really smart too. Hopefully Jed York has learned that anyone with a little more football knowledge than he has, can sound really smart. Can Riddick scout QBs? If he can, he has a chance. If he can’t, he has no chance, even if he sounds really smart. Jed, call your Uncle Eddie before you hire anybody. Let me re-phrase that. Jed, if winning is important, call your Uncle Eddie.

  6. Start betting on Josh Mcdaniels as head coach. Riddick is high on him
    and McDaniels would love working with Riddick.

  7. They could do a lot worse.

    Unfortunately, Jed has no patience. Team building isn’t a 1 year prospect. Will Riddick, if given the job, be given the latitude of a multi-year re-build?

  8. maverick2560 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 12:22 PM

    Start betting on Josh Mcdaniels as head coach. Riddick is high on him
    and McDaniels would love working with Riddick.

    Why would McDaniels want to work with Riddick? What has Riddick accomplished? He did so well as a scout he had to work for BSPN. After Denver, I’m sure he wants an experienced GM.

  9. Does anyone else think it’s emblematic of the major cluster fudge in SF that they are simultaneously interviewing GM and coaching candidates?

  10. Matt Millen also was a former 49er………..he has experience. In addition, he probably is not being paid anymore by the Lions, so he needs the money.

  11. “maust1013 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 1:20 PM
    Does anyone else think it’s emblematic of the major cluster fudge in SF that they are simultaneously interviewing GM and coaching candidates?”

    Yes and no,they should have done it last year and would have been a year into changing the culture. BUT having said that,Jed may have dumbed himself into a good situation with being the only team searching for a GM (no competition), having the second pick in all the draft rounds and all that carry over monies to play with for a new GM. It is an excellent opportunity for a new GM as well as a coach to work with a blank slate. Whoever becomes GM/Coach make sure to have written in their contracts that Jed stays out of football decisions and gives them time to change the “culture” to a winning one.

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