Jed York discusses future of the 49ers: 'You don't dismiss owners'

Jed York discusses future of the 49ers: 'You don't dismiss owners'

SANTA CLARA -- CEO Jed York met with the media on Monday morning to discuss the firings of coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke, as well as the future of the organization.

On Monday, CSNBayArea.com reported the top candidates for the opening of coach are New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Seattle offensive line coach and former Raiders head coach Tom Cable, Buffalo interim head coach Anthony Lynn, Jacksonville interim coach Doug Marrone and Miami defensive coordinator Vance Joseph.

The top candidates to emerge in that search are New England director of player personnel Nick Caserio, Kansas City director of player personnel Chris Ballard, ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton, and Seattle co-player personnel directors Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer.

Here's what York had to say:

--York apologizes for a 2-14 season. He said he will move forward to find the right general manager and coach.

--He said will make the ultimate decision for coach and GM. He will consul with others inside and outside the building.

--"We need to be open and flexible to structure," York said when asked whether he'll hire coach or general manager first. "Whatever structure is best" is what he will do.

--York said, "I own this football team, and you don't dismiss owners."

--"If you're going to reestablish a culture, the best way to do that is a clean slate," York said.

--The 49ers are going to have the opportunity to build with a lot of draft picks and lot of salary cap room. It has to be a collaboration, York said, between him, the coach and the general manager.

--He said the 49ers will spend the money and do everything in his arsenal to have the team win. He said the Super Bowl might be realistic next year. "We have a vision that's going to last for a long period of time," York said.

--York said the general manager and coach have to be able to re-establish a championship culture. He said the ultimate goal is to win a championship, multiple championships. That's the culture he wants inside the building.

--"Trent has more of a defensive mind," York said. He saw the vision of Baalke paired with the offensive-minded Chip Kelly. That did not work. "That's why we're cleaning the slate," he said.

--"We need to get the right people," York said. "It has to be these two guys on the same page. . . They need to be accountable to each other."

--"We were 2-14, we didn't do a lot of things right this year," York said.

--On whether it was a mistake to fire Jim Harbaugh. He said he would not look back and second guess.

--He said he has interviewed some of the coaching candidates in the past.

--The 49ers will roll over the entire $39 million salary-cap surplus to next year.

--Paraag Marathe will help York in the search for coach and general manager.

--Tom Gamble will not be a candidate for the GM position, as York said the team needs two people from the outside.

--York said he wanted to give Chip Kelly every opportunity and he made a decision at the end of the game. He said he wishes Chip had a "better opportunity."

--The biggest thing he's learned is the relationship between head coach and general manager. "If you're not on the same page in the organizaiton, you give yourself no chance to win." He said it "had to be done" to fire Baalke. He said Kelly is a damn good coach and didn't see the future going the right way.

--York said his uncle, Eddie DeBartolo, continues to be an advisor. He did not name names but he said there's enough people he trusts and respect from whom he is seeking advice.

--"We need to make sure we start with a new culture with a general manager and head coach."

--York did suggest he's spoken to Joe Montana, Steve Young, Ronnie Lott, Harris Barton and Brent Jones along the way.

--York said there were 59,000 fans at the game on Sunday. "I owe them so much more than what we've given them. And we will give it to them."

--"I'm embarrassed where we are now."

--He said you can't take a carbon copy of what teams have done to won. "You have to make sure you have the right personalities together. . . They need to be accountable to each other and have a shared vision and shared philosophy."

--York said he sat down with the players to answer questions on Monday.

--Nobody else has been fired, York said. He said the new general manager and new head coach will make the final decisions on who's here and who's not. All are willing to seek employment elsewhere.

--York said there is no time table for hiring coach and general manager. He said he has to make sure he gets it right.

49ers sign former first-round pick guard


49ers sign former first-round pick guard

The 49ers added some talent in the trenches on Tuesday.

Guard Jonathan Cooper inked a one-year deal, the team announced.

Cooper was originally drafted No. 7 overall by the Cardinals in 2013. After two seasons in Arizona, he spent time with the Patriots, Browns and Cowboys.

Last season, he appeared in 13 games for Dallas.

“Having started 27 games in four NFL seasons, Jonathan brings great experience to the interior of our offensive line. We look forward to him competing for a starting job at guard, while also bringing a veteran presence to our locker room. Jonathan is a welcome addition to our team,” GM John Lynch said in a statement.

Richard Sherman envisions making contributions to 49ers on and off the field

Richard Sherman envisions making contributions to 49ers on and off the field

SANTA CLARA – Veteran cornerback Richard Sherman believes he has a lot of good football ahead of him.

But he knows he is not coming to the 49ers after seven seasons with the rival Seattle Seahawks just for how he fits into defensive coordinator Robert Saleh’s scheme. The 49ers signed Sherman to a three-year contract on March 10 -- one day after the Seahawks released him.

Sherman, who turns 30 on March 30, views his job description as being a major influence and contributor to the 49ers on and off the field.

“I think it’s probably 50-50,” Sherman said Tuesday in an interview with NBC Sports Bay Area. “Obviously, I’m going to be asked to play at a high level, and that’s what I expect from myself and that’s what I expect to bring to this team. But outside of that, I think I bring an aspect of culture and a winning mentality.”

Sherman is a four-time Pro Bowl performer and three-time first-team All-Pro. He said the commitment to winning is all-consuming. It is a mindset he helps to share with his new teammates.

“It’s about waking up and doing things that will contribute to winning later, whether it’s your diet, your sleep habits, how you treat your teammates, how you converse,” Sherman said. “Do you go out tonight or do you stay in and get some extra studying? What are you doing to help us win the game on Sunday? Just that mentality will help a lot of these people.”

There might be no young player on the 49ers in need of a good role model more than Reuben Foster, who is set to enter his second NFL season. Foster was arrested this offseason for possession of marijuana in Alabama. A month later, he was arrested in Los Gatos for alleged domestic violence, threats and possession of an assault weapon.

On Tuesday, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said no decision has yet been reached whether to pursue criminal charges against Foster.

Sherman said he has not spoken to Foster but he will be willing to be a mentor to Foster and provide him with support. Sherman said he has heard a lot of great things about Foster.

“If I can help him, I’ll do my best,” Sherman said. “I look forward to meeting him and being a teammate of his, and helping him in any way I can. To think I can change everything he does, I’d be foolish to say I could. But am I going to try my best to help him and put him in positions to be more successful in the future? Yes, I am.”