The Jed York world tour to replace head coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke has begun.
On Wednesday, the 49ers CEO met with Buffalo Bills interim coach Anthony Lynn. He followed that Thursday by interviewing Green Bay Packers executives Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst. And on Friday, he took advantage of the Atlanta Falcons’ bye this week by speaking with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan about the head coach opening, according to media reports.
Kyle Shanahan is the son of Mike, who won a pair of titles with the Denver Broncos and was the Niners’ offensive coordinator when they won Super Bowl XXIX.
Kyle Shanahan helped Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan become an MVP candidate this season.
York also met with George Paton, the assistant general manager of the Minnesota Vikings, on Friday.
Paton has a reputation for being selective with taking job interviews, preferring to work beside GM Rick Spielman. But he has 20 years of NFL front-office experience.
The 49ers have been tied to several other candidates, so it’s unlikely York will make his final decision after this round of interviews. He said at a press conference the day after the last game of the season that he didn’t have a preference in order of hiring a GM or a coach first. He also said the search will take as long as needed to get the right people.
No 49ers make all-pro list
The Associated Press released its 2016 NFL All-Pro team on Friday, and only one team failed to have a player receive a single vote: The 49ers.
The Oakland Raiders fared better, of course, as Khalil Mack and Kelechi Osmele both were named All-Pro.