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Source: Panthers' McDermott to interview with 49ers next week

Source: Panthers' McDermott to interview with 49ers next week

Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott is scheduled to interview next week for the 49ers’ head-coaching vacancy, becoming the seventh confirmed candidate for the job.

McDermott is expected to meet with 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe on Monday in New York, a league source told CSNBayArea.com on Thursday. It's the same day and location the 49ers plan to interview Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay.

McDermott, 42, interviewed Wednesday for the Buffalo Bills job, the club announced. He is scheduled to interview with the San Diego Chargers on Saturday, according to a source.

Last year, McDermott interviewed with Cleveland and Tampa Bay for their head-coaching openings.

Sean McDermott has been the Panthers’ defensive coordinator for six seasons. His defenses ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in four of those seasons. In 2015, the Panthers’ defense ranked sixth in the league during a 15-1 record season and a Super Bowl appearance.

49ers interviews
Wednesday: Buffalo interim head coach Anthony Lynn (coach)
Thursday: Green Bay director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst (GM); Green Bay director of football operations Eliot Wolf (GM)
Friday: Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton (GM); Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan (coach)
Saturday: New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (coach); New England director of player personnel Nick Caserio (GM)
Monday: Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay (coach); Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott (coach)
TBA: Miami defensive coordinator Vance Joseph (coach); ESPN analyst Louis Riddick (GM); Indianapolis vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III (GM); Seattle offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable (coach); Seattle co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer (GM); Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner (GM); Carolina assistant general manager Brandon Beane (GM).

Roger Goodell: 'What we are trying to stay out of is politics'

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Roger Goodell: 'What we are trying to stay out of is politics'

NEW YORK — The NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand during the national anthem.

Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners said Wednesday at the league’s fall meetings that altering the language from “should stand” to “must stand” was not discussed.

New York Giants owner John Mara noted that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones “spoke at length” to the other owners about the anthem issue. Jones has said any Dallas player who doesn’t stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” would not be playing.

Goodell reiterated that the league and its 32 clubs “believe everyone should stand for the national anthem. It’s an important part of our policy and the game. It’s important to honor our flag and our country and I think our fans expect that.”

Asked about any owners who threatened discipline for players who didn’t stand, Goodell said the owners didn’t discuss it.

“There was a fair amount of conversation and I think our clubs see it the same way. I can’t deal with hypotheticals,” Goodell said.

Reminded that President Donald Trump tweeted again Wednesday about the demonstrations during the anthem, Goodell said there was nothing unpatriotic about his league.

“Everyone feels strongly about our country and have pride,” he said, adding the NFL is “not afraid of tough conversations.

“What we are trying to stay out of is politics.”

Goodell noted that only six or seven players are still kneeling or are involved in protests.

“We hope we will continue to work to put that at zero,” he said.

On Tuesday, in an unprecedented move for a league meeting, a group of 11 owners and more than a dozen players met for more than two hours at NFL headquarters. Among the topics discussed was enhancing the players’ platforms for speaking out on social issues.

“I understand the way they feel about these issues,” Goodell said Wednesday. “We feel the same about patriotism and the flag and I believe our players feel that way. We have a great deal of support for the efforts of our players.”

Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem

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Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is again criticizing the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem.

Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that the “NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem.”

He adds: “Total disrespect for our great country!”

Trump appeared to be responding to the NFL annual fall meeting on Tuesday. The league invited players and representatives from their union to discuss social issues.

The topic of the national anthem was not discussed at length. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said owners did not ask players to commit to standing during the anthem.

Trump has suggested the owners should “fire” any players who knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”