The 49ers held second interviews Friday with Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for the head-coaching position and Minnesota executive George Paton for the general manager position, the team confirmed.
Shanahan is the 49ers’ only candidate to become head coach after originally interviewing six individuals for the job. The 49ers are prohibited from officially hiring Shanahan until the conclusion of the Falcons’ season.
The Falcons provided 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe with a window on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday to interview Shanahan before he travels with the team to Houston for Super Bowl 51 against the New England Patriots on Feb. 5.
Shanahan took part in the interview Friday evening with Paton, the Vikings’ assistant general manager. Shanahan will also be involved in the second interview of Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough, which is scheduled for Saturday morning.
A source told CSNBayArea.com this week that there's a "good chance" the 49ers will hire one of the two finalists but "it's not a lock."
Shanahan and Paton originally interviewed with the 49ers on Jan. 6 in Atlanta. McDonough’s initial interview was Jan. 13 in Santa Clara.
Paton (pronounced Payton) has spent the past 10 seasons with the Vikings under general manager Rick Spielman. Minnesota has won 10 or more games four times during that period, including three NFC North titles. Paton is also one of six candidates for the open general manager job with the Indianapolis Colts.
McDonough joined the Cardinals in 2013 after 10 seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Last year, the Cardinals finished 13-3. This year, the Cardinals and New England were the only teams that ranked in the top-10 in offense and defense. But the Cardinals finished 7-8-1 and missed the playoffs.
York announced the firings of coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke shortly after the team concluded a 2-14 season that included a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak. A day later, York addressed the media to discuss the direction of the organization.
“I think we need to be open and flexible to structure,” York said. “We need to make sure that the head coach and the general manager know each other, have a good understanding for each other. Doesn’t mean that they had to have worked together in the past, but they have to have a good respect for each other and a good understanding and know that they have similar visions and philosophies on building a football team.”
49ERS COACH/GM SEARCH
Wednesday, Jan. 4
Buffalo interim head coach Anthony Lynn (hired, L.A. Chargers)
Thursday, Jan. 5
Green Bay director of football operations Eliot Wolf (withdrew)
Green Bay director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst (withdrew)
Friday, Jan. 6
Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton (finalist)
Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan (presumptive coach)
Saturday, Jan. 7
New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (withdrew)
Sunday, Jan. 8
Indianapolis vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III (eliminated after first round)
Monday, Jan. 9
Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay (hired, L.A. Rams)
Carolina assistant general manager Brandon Beane (eliminated after first round)
Tuesday, Jan. 10
Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott (hired, Buffalo)
ESPN analyst Louis Riddick (eliminated after first round)
Friday, Jan. 13
Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough (finalist)
Sunday, Jan. 15
Seattle offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable (withdrew)
Monday, Jan. 16
Seattle co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer (eliminated after first round)
Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner (withdrew)
Friday, Jan. 27
Saturday, Jan. 28