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.