49ers may have to adjust on the fly, again

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The ever-shifting hiring standards for the 49ers may be shifting yet again.

With Packers executive and presumed 49ers G.M. favorite Brian Gutekunst opting to withdraw from consideration and stay put in Green Bay, the 49ers could be adjusting their focus. Which could result in more candidates emerging.

Initially, the 49ers wanted to hire a G.M. who would hire a head coach. With Chiefs director of player personnel Chris Ballard and Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio bowing out, the focus then became finding a coach and a G.M. who would be joined at the hip. When that didn’t pan out, the 49ers opted to wink-nod hire Kyle Shanahan to coach the team, and then to have Shanahan involved in the search for a G.M.-in-name-only, who would essentially set the table for Shanahan.

Some league insiders predict that the job could become more along the lines of “director of player personnel,” with the candidate knowing from the get-go that his job will be to go get players for Shanahan and not to manage or to co-manage the football operations. Folks who would aspire to fill that role may already be contacting Shanahan and/or the 49ers to express interest.

Part of the problem is that, in the rush to get Shanahan to verbally commit to the job after all other coaching candidates had withdrawn, the 49ers apparently promised him control over the 53-man roster. That instantly made the G.M. less attractive and less powerful.

So, basically, the 49ers eventually may need to redefine and rename the job in order to fill it.

28 responses to “49ers may have to adjust on the fly, again

  1. Kinda like Bill Belicheck saying everyone is injured all the time
    realfann says:
    Jan 20, 2017 2:11 PM
    Except Shanahan is on record as saying he doesn’t want full control of the roster.

  2. If a GM is confident in their ability to find the talent this team needs, then they should feel confident about presenting the case to the new Head Coach as to why the suggested new team members will fit well with this new team collaboration.

    The title may sound watered down relative to the labels other teams assign, but that doesn’t mean the role has to be. Just think of your new job title as “Just Another Person Of Many Here To Help The Team Win Super Bowls That Could Care Less What The Job Title Sounds Like”, and that should still fit on a business card.

  3. Shanahan would be nuts to toss himself into the 49er dumpster fire. I vote for Jed to serve as GM, head scout, and head coach. He’s done such a great job as owner, surely he can handle the other positions too.

  4. I wish those black candidates didn’t pull out of this GM opening. It’s one thing when the Elliot Wolf’s and Trent Kirchner’s do it since they know better chance will come for those guys. But for Jimmy Raye III? Bad move unless he thinks he will replace Grigson soon.

  5. Surprise surprise….the franchise that has had 3 coaches in 3 years is having trouble filling out their coaching staff…

    Have to at least give a coach 2 years to prove that they can improve the roster and surpass the results of the previous season. Especially when its the garbage heap of a roster Chip inherited.

  6. Verbally commit? Why would Kyle do that? If I was Kyle, there would be a poison pill if I got fired before the end of my contract. The other stuff I wouldn’t talk about until ATL was finished. There’s no hurry.

  7. pamperpro says:
    Jan 20, 2017 3:00 PM

    Embarrassing…………like their cholo fans.

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    Better than the nerdy douches covered in neon green.

  8. Shanahan was asked if it was his understanding that an offer to be the 49ers head coach was on the table.

    “There’s definitely no understanding of that,” Shanahan said. “I think there’s some interest obviously — I felt that in my interview a couple of weeks ago. I’m looking forward to a chance to where you can speak to people again, but it’s a pretty good situation to be in.”

    This makes sense. he left Cleveland after 1 year. Their best in years. He knows what dysfunction looks like. Next year, hopefully a better job opens up.

  9. If a GM is confident in their ability to find the talent this team needs, then they should feel confident about presenting the case to the new Head Coach as to why the suggested new team members will fit well with this new team collaboration.

    The title may sound watered down relative to the labels other teams assign, but that doesn’t mean the role has to be. Just think of your new job title as “Just Another Person Of Many Here To Help The Team Win Super Bowls That Could Care Less What The Job Title Sounds Like”, and that should still fit on a business card.
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    You must have pulled a muscle or three with that pretzel “logic”. The question remains, who provides the overall vision for the organization to follow? Is it York? The other guy with the exotic name? The head coach? The GM who isn’t a GM? If they try to do it by consensus, they will crash and burn.

  10. He ought to say no to this not just because it’s a bad job and that he really is not qualified to oversee roster construction.

    He’s seen organizational dysfunction so he knows what it looks like.

    His current employer is one game from the SB. That should be his sole focus.

    There will be better jobs available next year (there always are…)

  11. Is the title for WORST pro sports team owner(s) still available, or have the yorks sewn it up?

  12. I think from the start, the 49ers wanted Kyle Shanahan to coach the team, and Terry McDonough to run the draft. It’s looking like there is still a real good possibility that they’ll be able to pull off their original plan. Just because the media keeps making the wrong guess, doesn’t mean the 49ers are adjusting their plans. Even if the coach has final say, the personnel guy is going to evaluate and rank the players. I think Jed is going to get this right. So far, so good.

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