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Tim Ryan thinks 49ers will hire coach first (probably Josh McDaniels), really likes “Tommy Cable”

When you’re left to wait for leaks handed to national reporters to find out what the 49ers are thinking, and sources are tough to come by, often it takes listening to the only team employees who regularly appear on the flagship station to see which direction the wind is blowing.

That brings us to today’s interview with Tim Ryan on KNBR’s “Murph and Mac” show. I’m going to throw out some quotes from Ryan, and afterward we’ll determine where the 49ers are leaning.

“I think they’re going to end up getting the man they want. I think they’ve had their crosshairs on a few guys. I know they’ve gone through some interviews with some of these other guys that have been hired. And all the jobs are filled now, except the one. And I think it’s going to end up being one of the two or three candidates that they’ve had their eye on.

“Obviously Josh McDaniels comes to mind. Kyle Shanahan comes to mind. And even Tommy Cable up in Seattle, when you connect the dots to the potential general manager position being filled by a couple of one or maybe two Seattle guys.

Translation: As we all figured, the 49ers are down to McDaniels, Shanahan and Cable.

“I know Tommy Cable really well. I watched him lose about a whole Tommy Cable in his life. That guy used to be twice as big. Had some back issues and some surgeries, lost a lot of weight. Man, what a committed guy and a guy who gets it. So, he would be great.

“Kyle Shanahan, at the same time. I did a few games when he was the Redskins offensive coordinator under his dad. Really sharp. You turn on the Atlanta tape and they’re the most impressive thing going, offensively.

“It’s one of those three … I do think in the end though, it’s going to be Josh McDaniels. If it’s not, the other two, either one of them, I think will be worthy. But I think it’s going to be Josh.”

Translation: The choice is probably going to be McDaniels, but Ryan has some humanizing stories ready if they end up with Cable.

“Josh’s football intelligence and what he’s done as a play-caller as a guy who’s coached quarterbacks and called offensive plays, he can connect the dots, man. And I think all these guys can. Just look at Kyle Shanahan and what he’s doing. Just calling out plays and being a couple steps ahead of the coordinator. It’s like a clinic when the players go out there.

“All of them would be fine choices. I just think when you look at Josh, where’s he’s been, the great football that he’s been around, his character. I think that the culture that he wants, he envisions, a team that he’ll be in charge of having. That’s why I think I like him.”

Translation: The 49ers are targeting McDaniels, and are probably ready to give him more power than he’d get anywhere else.

“I think the GM’s going to end up supporting the head coach and everybody works in the same direction and keeps the road clear. Period. So the coach could be hired before the GM. And then whoever the coach is, which one of these guys do you either (a) have a relationship with, (b) can work with, or (c) can’t work with.”

Translation: Don’t expect a GM hire until a coach signs. And don’t expect that GM to have anywhere near as much power as Trent Baalke did.

“I still think, and this is conjecture on my part, I still think Louis Riddick’s got an outside shot at it.”

Translation: It’s not necessarily going to be one of the Green Bay or Seattle guys.

And here’s some more stuff about Cable:

“If Tom Cable ends up being the choice, I would immediately I think connect to the Seattle guys. I do think coach is going to come before general manager.”

Ryan’s response when Brian Murphy told him that fans really, really don’t want Cable:

“Well, I understand that. They don’t want, I guess, an offensive line coach that was coaching at the Raiders. What that guy endured with JaMarcus Russell was pretty incredible. And I could tell you some stories that we’ll talk about on the golf course. I hope they get what they want. If it is Tom Cable, I guess I’ll be for the next four or five months, as his defense attorney. He’s a good man.”

Translation: Like the folks in Seattle, Ryan can look past whatever happened with Randy Hanson and those domestic violence allegations.

What does it all mean? It still sounds like Jedraag can land McDaniels, their No. 1 target, as long as they convince him that the organization is headed in the right direction and he’ll get at least some degree of personnel control (a lucrative contract wouldn’t hurt either, obviously). If I had to bet today, I’d wager on them ending up with the McDaniels/Riddick combo.

If I was Jed, my first choice would be Kyle Shanahan. But Jed and I are about as similar as Jim Harbaugh and Jim Tomsula. It sounds like Shanahan could be the least likely candidate at this point.

My very unofficial percentages:

  • McDaniels: 60%
  • Cable: 25%
  • Shanahan: 15%

No mention of Tom Gamble in Ryan’s segment. Based on what I’m hearing, the 49ers don’t want fans to think he’s an option.

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druski5150
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BASportsGuy KNBR welp, looks like its Tommy C FTW U0001f62d

tennisfan2008
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BASportsGuy KNBR If I was a betting man, I would bet Tommy C will be the next coach.

rep_the_bay
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MylesInSF BASportsGuy KNBR Nah fuck that. Get Shanahan then. Fuck gamble

rep_the_bay
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rep_the_bay

MylesInSF BASportsGuy KNBR Shanahan and Riddick/Wolfit is!

rep_the_bay
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rep_the_bay

MylesInSF BASportsGuy KNBR Shanahan and Riddick/Wolf it is!

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NinersNation BASportsGuy KNBR tim Ryan is a tool

n6thgear
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n6thgear

NinersNation BASportsGuy KNBR I’m just bracing myself for the Gamble/Cable announcement

JhulSF
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BASportsGuy KNBR Tim Ryan is not the first, second, third, and last guy I’d ask for recommendations that would help the team.

ohwhatuprobb
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ohwhatuprobb

BASportsGuy KNBR why does Tim Ryan still have a job?

rkg115
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NinersNation guilty in the court of public opinion on this if it did happen…at what point do u consider if he’s now a better person?

NinersNation
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rkg115 I’m fine just moving on and not bothering with it. He’s entitled to work, just doesn’t mean he’s entitled to an NFL job

jess_mcmartin6
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samesfandiari “Bro, if you had Jamarcus as your QB, you’d beat your women too, bro…”

bent06
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NinersNation BASportsGuy KNBR the chatter on cable keeps increasing and has me very worried. I’m done, if that happens.

rkg115
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NinersNation fair but if he’s a changed man we might be missing out on a good hc

jayp849
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jayp849

NinersNation It’s happening guys. Let’s just resign ourselves to the inevitability so that it hurts less when it’s announced.

NinersNation
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NinersNation

rkg115 when you’re accused of this stuff by 4 different people and settle with 2 of them, I just have zero tolerance.

NinersNation
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NinersNation

rkg115 With Ray Rice, there’s the one time. Maybe there were more, but no other allegations. He’s done so much to learn and grow

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BASportsGuy KNBR I’m hoping for Shanahan/Wolf

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BASportsGuy KNBR Ryan is a buffoon. Cable lost weight, hence would be a good HC. Oh and ignore the domestic violence.

NinersNation
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rkg115 I’m not saying that means Rice has not committed other acts, but I am more inclined to give him some possible consideration

finnegan_tim
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NinersNation Does Ryan mean serial assault perp Tommy Cable?

Its_just_Dope
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Its_just_Dope

BASportsGuy KNBR Tim Ryan “really likes” sucking my dick

MattyIce49r
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BASportsGuy KNBR Of course it’s Cable because…> JedYork

rkg115
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NinersNation could argue cable has learned also, on this hanson thing i looked it up, hanson seems to be quite shady, not sure i buy that

NinersNation
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rkg115 you wanna look for reasons to excuse 4 accusations, be my guest. If football’s that important, so be it.

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BASportsGuy KNBR Cable is a Neanderthal

jay_zahn
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jay_zahn

BASportsGuy If Cable is hired than I’m done rooting for them. Class would be the last thing that this team would represent with that hire.

amalek93
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amalek93

BASportsGuy anmalek seriously???

acheney747
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BASportsGuy
This “insider” is on KNBR and oh my god, Larry and Gary are serving up softballs. Jeezus. Especially Gary.

goblue43729
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NinersNation ZoneReads BASportsGuy KNBR he doesn’t score touchdowns so people don’t care.

BayAreaSports89
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BASportsGuy KNBR Much easier to abandon a sports team than a country/living situation. Very easy to root for Alex Smith instead of Jed.

rkg115
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NinersNation not looking past it, as a coach he’s solid and w/ york it could be reality so just purely on coaching not the worst hire

rkg115
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rkg115

NinersNation but trust me, i much prefer mcdaniels

GUEROMEXICAN831
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rkg115 NinersNation missing out on a good HC? He bombed out in OAK and the SEA OL has been failing for years now.

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I thought Ryan called him “Papa Cabes”.  I guess he might be their emergency option, but I’d wager “Jedraag” are aware of the optics involved in hiring an alleged lady-puncher to craft a culture of classiness.

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BASportsGuy KNBR #shillingwithclass

marcopedrosaum
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BASportsGuy KNBR Fuck Ryan with a pineapple and more importantly, fuck Cable with a cactus sideways.

Beaver
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Does Jed realize that using a transparent insincere jagoff like Tim Ryan to spout the company line only makes the Niners look even worse than they already do?  Of course he doesn’t.
PS  I’m always fascinated by that picture of Ryan because his head looks like a giant thumb.

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NinersNation rkg115 he also assaulted one of his own coaches at his last gig. he’s not fit for the job. Mr. Win With Class can’t hire him

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NinersNation rkg115 Fooch doesn’t believe in forgiveness. In a modern day gladiator sport, he still also wants it to be social justice PC

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BASportsGuy KNBR https://t.co/Tg6KG9aEaC

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NinersNation BASportsGuy KNBR Ryan is nothing more than a mouthpiece for Jed/Paraag. Hate the idea that broadcasters are hired by team

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finnegan_tim NinersNation how long ago were allegations? Any changes in behavior?

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MiddlekauffJohn NinersNation rkg115 lol. This dude thinks that *not* beating women makes you a SJW/PC. Did you time travel from the 50s?

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NisDiddums MiddlekauffJohn rkg115 He created a fake account for a local radio personality, I’m not surprised when he says stupid stuff

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NinersNation fucking scumbags

rkg115
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NinersNation NisDiddums MiddlekauffJohn lol did he really? He also apparently blocked me don’t know who he is

NisDiddums
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NinersNation MiddlekauffJohn rkg115 oh, good. I was hoping it wasn’t the real John M talking nonsense.

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Just_AverageJoe NinersNation BASportsGuy KNBR  Yeah, it gets tiresome.  But it’s not hard to see how it happens, when everything the NFL (and other pro sports) does is such an overproduced choreographed intergalactic technicolor extravaganza.  So it’s best to have the emcee, er, host, um, broadcasters be cast members in the show too.

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