49ers candidate Shanahan: Interviews not a distraction from playoffs

49ers candidate Shanahan: Interviews not a distraction from playoffs

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan went through his round of head-coaching interviews over the weekend and went straight back to work.

He said he has not given those jobs any additional attention, as the Falcons prepare for their NFC divisional-round playoff game Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks.

The 49ers interviewed Shanahan on Friday in Atlanta. He also interviewed with Jacksonville and Denver – two teams that have subsequently filled their head-coaching vacancies. A scheduled interview with the Los Angeles Rams was postponed due to weather conditions that prevented Rams officials from traveling to meet Shanahan.

When asked Wednesday during his weekly press conference about juggling the interviews with the preparations for a playoff game, Shanahan said he was not at all distracted.

“That was easy,” Shanahan said. “The easiest part is when you get the bye week and you get that extra time off – we got Friday and Saturday off as a coaching staff.

“I just dedicated the two off days to the interviews. I got to do three of them and really haven’t done one thing in that area or talked to anybody in that area since Saturday afternoon.”

Shanahan, 37, said he was not clear on when he is again allowed to speak to teams about any jobs.

“I’m not even sure exactly what the rules are,” Shanahan said. “I haven’t been too worried about it because it’s not an option for my anyways. We’re totally locked into this game this weekend. There’s really zero else on our minds.”

The 49ers would not be allowed to speak with Shanahan again until the Falcons are eliminated from the playoffs. If Atlanta advances to the Super Bowl, the 49ers could meet with him any time after the NFC Championship through the Sunday preceding the Super Bowl.

Shanahan is considered a strong candidate for the 49ers’ job. He is the son of former NFL head coach Mike Shanahan, who won Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos after the 1997 and ’98 seasons. Mike Shanahan interviewed for the 49ers' opening last year when Chip Kelly was hired.

The Falcons, the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs, set the franchise record for points scored in a season in the first quarter of their Dec. 19 game against the 49ers. Under Shanahan’s direction. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan had the best season of his nine-year career with 38 touchdowns, seven interceptions and a league-best passer rating of 117.1.

49ers vs. Packers live: Score, highlights, analysis on NFL Week 6 game

49ers vs. Packers live: Score, highlights, analysis on NFL Week 6 game

2:15 p.m.: We're three hours from kickoff at Lambeau Field, and the 49ers are having more injury problems.

Although running back Matt Breida is expected to play against the Packers, the 49ers promoted tight end Ross Dwelley from the practice squad. That could signal George Kittle might not be able to play because of a knee problem that had him listed as questionable on the injury report. Kittle leads the team in receptions (23) and receiving yards (399), so it obviously would hurt not to have him on the field.

Breida has an ankle sprain that also had him listed as questionable. If Kittle can't go, it stands to reason that Breida might have more carries than first thought.

Inactives will be released at 3:45 p.m. PT, so we'll know exactly what the 49ers' offense will look like then. Be sure to come back to this live blog often throughout the night for the latest news, analysis and highlights.

Also be sure to visit our Facebook page for "49ers First Look," with Matt Maiocco, live from Lambeau. Then flip over to NBC Sports Bay Area at 4 p.m. for "49ers Pregame Live" from Pete's Tavern in San Francisco with Laura Britt, Greg Papa, Donte Whitner and Jeff Garcia.

Hang out after the game, too, for "49ers Postgame Live."

Matt Breida expected to play vs. Packers; 49ers make roster move


Matt Breida expected to play vs. Packers; 49ers make roster move

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- All indications point to 49ers running back Matt Breida playing Monday night against the Green Bay Packers.

The 49ers did not promote a running back from their practice squad by the 1 p.m. PT deadline in order to be available to suit up for the game at Lambeau Field.

The 49ers did make a transaction Monday, though, as they promoted tight end Ross Dwelley. To make room on the roster, the 49ers waived defensive lineman Ryan Delaire.

The move to promote Dwelley suggests the 49ers figure to be down a tight end for the game against the Packers. Cole Wick was on the field during workouts with the 49ers' inactive and practice squad players.

George Kittle was listed as questionable for the game with a knee injury, and he took part in limited practice throughout the week, but Kittle is expected to be available for the game. Kittle leads the 49ers with 23 receptions for 399 yards and one touchdown this season.

The 49ers would have carried another running back for the game if they determined Breida would not be available to play. The only other running backs on the team’s 53-man roster are veteran Alfred Morris and special-teams ace Raheem Mostert.

Breida did not take part in practices Thursday or Friday because of a left ankle sprain he sustained on the final play of the first quarter last Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

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Coach Kyle Shanahan originally stated Breida would be doubtful to face the Packers. But Breida was upgraded to questionable on the team’s official injury report after going through limited practice Saturday before making the trip to Wisconsin.

Breida has rushed for a team-high 369 yards on just 49 carries. His 7.5-yard average is the best in the NFL among players with at least 20 rushing attempts.

Rookie Jeff Wilson would have been promoted from the practice squad if the 49ers felt the need to have another running back available for Monday’s game, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area. The 49ers signed Matthew Dayes, a second-year pro from North Carolina State, to their practice squad last week.

The 49ers and Packers must submit their list of seven inactive players by 3:45 p.m. PT. The 49ers will make a final determination at that point on their list of available wide receivers.

The 49ers have planned to give slot receiver Trent Taylor a week off to allow his problematic back some time to improve. Shanahan said Saturday on “49ers Game Plan” that Taylor would not play. He is listed as doubtful.

But veteran wide receiver Pierre Garçon also is questionable with shoulder and knee issues. If Garçon is deactivated, the 49ers likely would have Taylor suit up for the game but plan on playing him sparingly.