Colts announce interviews with GM candidates, including 49ers finalist

Colts announce interviews with GM candidates, including 49ers finalist

The Indianapolis Colts will interview six candidates for their vacant general manager position, including five individuals who met with the 49ers.

Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton, who is a finalist for the 49ers’ job, has an interview scheduled with the Colts, the team announced on Wednesday. Colts owner Jim Irsay announced the firing of general manager Ryan Grigson on Saturday.

Irsay said he was committed to retaining head coach Chuck Pagano for the 2017 season.

Paton and Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough are scheduled for second interviews with the 49ers on Saturday in Atlanta. Presumptive coach Kyle Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, is expected to take part in the general manager interviews to help select the 49ers’ next general manager.

The 49ers are not allowed to officially hire Shanahan until after Super Bowl 51 on Feb. 5, but the general manager position could be filled before then.

The Colts' list also includes Kansas City director of football operations Chris Ballard, who declined to interview with the 49ers. League sources tell CSNBayArea.com that Ballard expressed a desire to remain with the Chiefs.

The Colts will also interview in-house candidate Jimmy Raye III, the team’s interim general manager and vice president of player personnel. Raye interviewed with the 49ers on Jan. 8 but did not make it to a second round of interviews.

Green Bay director of football operations Eliot Wolf and Seattle co-diretors of player personnel Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer are also among the six candidates the Colts will interview.

Wolf removed his name from contention for the 49ers’ job last week when it became apparent that he wasn’t going to be hired, reported Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Packers intend to give Wolf a new title and his third promotion and five years, according to the report.

Kirchner pulled out of the running, along with coach candidate Tom Cable, when both men became convinced the 49ers were targeting Shanahan and a GM candidate of his choosing, according to sources. The 49ers informed Fitterer he did not make the cut past the first round of interviews.

Jeff Garcia pinpoints Jimmy Garoppolo's elite skills


Jeff Garcia pinpoints Jimmy Garoppolo's elite skills

Among quarterbacks who have dropped back more than once this season, Jimmy Garoppolo ranks first in the NFL with a 9.0-yard-average per pass attempt.

The 49ers (3-10) have won both of Garoppolo’s starts, and his 627 yards passing in those two games are the most for a player in franchise history in his first two starts.

The 49ers’ last Pro Bowl quarterback, Jeff Garcia, discussed the elite skills he has witnessed from Garoppolo in his short time in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

“First of all, he has eliminated mistakes,” Garcia said on The 49ers Insider Podcast. “You see the way the offense has been able to put drives together to get into the red zone. Now, they haven’t all led to touchdowns, but he’s been a great decision-maker.”

The 49ers settled for five field goals in a 15-14 victory over the Chicago Bears. On Sunday, the 49ers scored on five consecutive possessions spanning the second and third quarters in a 26-16 win over the Houston Texans.

“He’s been very accurate with his throws,” Garcia said. “You see when he completes balls, the receivers are in a position to continue running for yards after the catch. The balls aren’t thrown behind. They’re not low. The receivers don’t have to leave their feet for many of the throws. That is key to turning what could end up being fourth downs into first downs.”

Garoppolo has completed 48 of 72 pass attempts (66.7 percent) with two touchdowns and two interceptions. His passer rating is 92.7. 

“His timing -- he’s getting the ball out on time,” Garcia said. “Even when he has a free rusher coming off the edge, which happened a couple of times with (Jadeveon) Clowney, he’s able to step in there and throw an accurate ball and make a play. Those things hadn’t been done prior to his existence on the team.”

Source: 49ers sign son of former NFL WR


Source: 49ers sign son of former NFL WR

The 49ers have signed wide receiver Max McCaffrey off the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad, a source confirmed Tuesday to NBC Sports Bay Area.

The NFL Network first reported the 49ers’ move.

The team could place wide receiver Victor Bolden on injured reserve to make roster space for McCaffrey. Bolden sustained an ankle injury in the 49ers’ 26-16 victory Sunday over the Houston Texans.

McCaffrey (6 foot 2, 200 pounds) is a second-year player from Duke. He is the son of former NFL receiver Ed McCaffrey and the older brother of former Stanford star and Carolina Panthers rookie Christian McCaffrey.

Max McCaffrey appeared in five games this season for the Jacksonville Jaguars, catching one pass for 4 yards.

He originally signed with the Raiders as an undrafted rookie and spent time with Green Bay, New Orleans and Jacksonville before returning to the Packers’ practice squad in October.