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Falcons' outcome to determine 49ers' interview schedule

Falcons' outcome to determine 49ers' interview schedule

The 49ers will hold their second interview with Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as early as Monday, a source told CSNBayArea.com on Sunday morning.

If the Falcons lose Sunday in the NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers, the 49ers are tentatively scheduled to interview Shanahan on Monday and Tuesday in Atlanta, the source said.

If the Falcons win and advance to the Super Bowl, the 49ers’ second interview with Shanahan would wait until Friday. The early part of the week would be devoted to planning for the Super Bowl.

The 49ers would have until the Sunday the week before the Super Bowl to hold a second interview with Shanahan, who originally met with 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe on Jan. 6 in Atlanta.

Shanahan is the only 49ers coaching candidate remaining among the six individuals who interviewed to replace Chip Kelly. All signs point to Shanahan to become the team’s next head coach. Atlanta coach Dan Quinn announced to his staff that Shanahan would be taking the job, the NFL Network reported last week. The 49ers are prohibited from officially hiring Shanahan until the Falcons' season is over.

Shanahan is also expected to have a major influence in the 49ers’ hiring of a general manager to replace Trent Baalke, whose firing was announced shortly after the 49ers finished the season with a 2-14 record.

Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton is one of the two known finalists for the job. Paton, like Shanahan, first interviewed with the 49ers on Jan. 6 in Atlanta. Paton also have a solid relationship with Falcons coach Dan Quinn, with whom he worked while both men were with the Miami Dolphins.

Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough is the only other known candidate who is still in the mix. The 49ers have not ruled out bringing in other GM candidates to interview, a source said.

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo reveals he still texts with Tom Brady

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo reveals he still texts with Tom Brady

Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady will always remain connected in the media. And apparently the two quarterbacks are still connected with each other through their phones. 

Appearing on Freakonomics Radio's The Hidden Side of Sports, the 49ers quarterback explained he became close with both Brady and quarterback Jacoby Brissett in his time with the Patriots. Garoppolo and Brady even shared the same agent, Don Yee, in New England, and still do to this day. 

"We always had a good relationship," Garoppolo said. "Initially when I was younger, kind of like an older brother type of relationship, but as I got older and matured through the NFL, we became closer and we became good friends. 

"You know, we still text here and there. Jacoby was a good friend of mine, too."

Garoppolo and Brady even shared the same agent, Don Yee, in New England, and still do to this day.

"The three of us always were texting each other," Garoppolo said. "Everyone said it was a terrible decision to have the same agent, but I think it worked out very well. 

"Our agents look out for both of us, both of our best interest. But at the end of the day it's the NFL. It's a business."

Garoppolo made quite the stir this summer when he made comments on how he "thought he was better" than Brady when he was backing up the five-time Super Bowl winner.

“It’s like when I go to New England,” Garoppolo said in July as part of a feature story with Bleacher Report. “When I first got there, I thought in my head, ‘I’m better than this dude.'"

It sure sounds like off the field, the two quarterbacks are on much better terms than perceived. On the field, Brady has thrown for 511 yards, five touchdowns and one interception this season while Garoppolo is behind at 467 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. 

49ers LB Reuben Foster says return from suspension is like celebrating holiday

49ers LB Reuben Foster says return from suspension is like celebrating holiday

SANTA CLARA – Second-year linebacker Reuben Foster was around his teammates during the first two weeks of the regular season, but Monday marked a new beginning for him.

After serving a two-game suspension for violations of the NFL’s policies on substances of abuse and personal conduct, Foster was able to participate in all team activities when he reported back to work on Monday.

“It’s like a holiday, just knowing I can come back and play the game I love,” Foster said on Thursday. “So I’m just happy to be playing the cards right and doing good off the field and on the field, and doing nothing off the field so I won’t be off the field again.”

Foster, a first-round pick of the 49ers in 2017, admitted during training camp that he feared his career could be over when he faced an allegation of domestic violence. He was cleared of those charges, but served an NFL suspension that stemmed from marijuana and weapons charges.

During his suspension, Foster was able to attend all meetings but was not allowed to attend games, participate in practice, watch practice or take part in team lifting sessions.

Brock Coyle and Elijah Lee started the first two games at weak side linebacker in place of Foster. He is expected to provide the 49ers with a much-needed playmaker on defense upon his return.

“This is his first game back. We’re excited to have him,” said cornerback Richard Sherman, whose locker is stationed next to Foster’s. “He’s excited to be back out there. He brings incredible energy and speed and explosiveness and physicality to the defense, and we appreciate it.”

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Foster will make his season debut on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. His presence is something coach Andy Reid said his team is game-planning against.

“Reuben’s a good football player,” Reid said. “We looked at him when he came out, liked him, had him visit up here, the whole deal. He’s a heck of a football player, and he flies around and makes plays. We’re going to be aware of where he’s at, and do our best to do well against him.”

Foster's return comes at a good time. The defense is banged up and going against one of the fastest offenses in the NFL.

Said 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, “He’s got fresh legs. He looks fast. So we’re excited to have him back. Love his energy.”

Foster also seems to love his new role in the defense. Rookie Fred Warner is wearing the green dot on his helmet, signifying the responsibility of relaying the radio call from the sideline to his 10 teammates in the huddle.

Because he no longer has that duty on defense, Foster says it allows him up to just play football with a clear mind and “get on someone’s tail.”

Warner, who will remain as the starter in the middle of the 49ers’ defense, appears cut out for that leadership role, Foster said.

“I’ve seen a real dog in Fred, a real mature man who goes about his business,” Foster said. “And I really salute him for that. I’m proud of him for stepping up and taking control of the defense, wearing the green sticker. I’ve worn the green sticker, and it’s hard to wear the green sticker, so I’m really proud of him.”