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.
Nobody knows what this team is doing. In fact past decisions have shown that they probably dont even what they're are doing, but on a serious note they may have had their eye on certain guys already or for sometime now. Maybe they just waiting to anounce it. Hopefully it will be K. Shan and not T. Cable.
@monstr77 cant happen. It would be a pr disaster
@spencer_martin like firing Harbaugh or hiring tomsula?
@monstr77 maybe even more because jed has lived through those. Hes seen what a bad decision can do
@spencer_martin I keep saying this: I hope so...
Look like you were wrong. The 49ers are more likely to get a coach nobody else wants. They better hire their GM first. Tom Cable without the GM approval is a STUPID way to go and very Yorkian.
Looks like we both wrong I think they will get Kyle Shan and or either Terry Mcdonough or Getekunst or Eliot Wolf, but either way K. Shan will be the SF 49ers new headcoach. If the hire K-Shan they made a fine choice in my opinion and im sure whichever one of those guys I mentioned will make a good G.M. as well.
Well I guess nobody was interested in Kyle Shan lol thats just as well because he was the guy I wanted to coach this team anyways. The way I see it other teams loss our gain..
Tom Cable thanks, but no thanks. I can do with Mcdaniels though I really want K Shan. I really hope they dont f@#! this up..
Probably wont be The Cable guy cuz Seahawks already eliminated and you have'nt heard anything about it. The logical choice is K Shan or J. Mc d, and all this is fine with me cuz both NE and Atl are still in it and for me good things come to those who wait. Im glad they took their time instead of hiring the first shmuck available. Seeing as the 2 coaches 49ers are interested in are in the playoffs just reenforces the fact that Mcdaniels and Shanahan are both excellent coaches. Who knows it could be Pats and Falcons in Suberbowl..
@DIEHARD49 Hopefully you're right. But the potential fly in the ointment is McDaniels and Shanahan decide they don't want to work for Yorks (and who could blame them, given the history of how they've treated previous coaches), and lil Jed has to circle back around to Cable. Followed immediately by claiming he was "their guy" all along.
Let's hope that being one of only 32 people in the world to be the coach of an NFL team is enough to lure one of the top candidates, for HC and GM as well.
And let's further hope that lil Jed has learned from his previous mistakes ... though that's probably not the way to bet it.
I agree to an extent, but now that K. Shan is almost certain to come to the 49ers it looks like Jed mite be starting to make a step in the right direction we will see how this turns out. Who knows it may not be as bad as some mite think.
Kyle Shan is a great coach if he comes to the 9ers im defenently not gonna complain lol.
Dude we got K. Shanny my man! We could'nt have picked a better coach besides hiring Harbaugh this is the best choice Jed has made since becoming owner im very happy they chose Kyle. I know for a fact he will be an excellent coach for this team. His personality fits this team. Hes got swag, hes proffesional he knows how to get the best out of players and using their abilitys and exploiting matchups. He knows his X's and O's, and hes a Shanahan hes destined to be successful just like his dad. Man I sure wonder what it was like listening to the conversations Kyle Shan had with his dad about football at the dinner table when he was growing up lol. 9ers could be a much better team next season say 10-6 call me krazy but you never know.
From a purely offensive football standpoint, Shanahan is a better hire than Harbaugh.
Not only does Shanny Jr. prioritize the run game, he combines it with modern pass concepts that attack all areas of the field. His RB's were key receivers at times as well.
This is exciting, but make no mistake, if the deal slips through the cracks, fans won't forgive it.
@NinersNation fucking scumbags
@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.
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.
@Beaver Casting call wannabe from The Sopranos.
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.
@BASportsGuy This "insider" is on KNBR and oh my god, Larry and Gary are serving up softballs. Jeezus. Especially Gary.
@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.
@NinersNation Does Ryan mean serial assault perp Tommy Cable?
@NinersNation It's happening guys. Let's just resign ourselves to the inevitability so that it hurts less when it's announced.