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 confirm visits with top NFL draft prospects, including Nick Bosa


49ers confirm visits with top NFL draft prospects, including Nick Bosa

PHOENIX – Four of the top defensive players are scheduled to travel to Santa Clara to meet with the 49ers before the NFL draft.

General manager John Lynch confirmed Ohio State’s Nick Bosa, Alabama’s Quinnen Williams, Kentucky’s Josh Allen and Michigan’s Rashan Gary will be among the team’s 30 allowed pre-draft visits.

The visits will begin next week, Lynch said on Monday at the NFL owners meeting. The 49ers have not finalized their entire list of visits.

“That’s fluid,” Lynch said. “We’re still putting that (list) together.”

When asked whether the 49ers have narrowed down their selection with the No. 2 overall pick to Bosa, Williams and Allen, Lynch said the team is still in the process of determining the draft plan.

“Those guys are really good players,” Lynch said. “I think anybody would be interested in picking high. We can’t just settle in on two or three guys and say these are our guys here.”

Lynch and 49ers vice president of player personnel Adam Peters met last week with Williams and Bosa. The 49ers took Williams to IHOP in Tuscaloosa, at Williams’ request.

“I hadn’t been to IHOP in 10 years,” Lynch said. “The thing that stunk, I was all fired up for pigs in a blanket because that was my go-to when I used to go to IHOP as a kid. He went all healthy on me. He had a garden omelet, so I felt compelled to have a garden omelet, too.”

NFL Rumors: 49ers' Jason Verrett needs Frank Gore approval to wear No. 21

NFL Rumors: 49ers' Jason Verrett needs Frank Gore approval to wear No. 21

New 49ers cornerback Jason Verrett has worn No. 22 his entire NFL career, but he'll have to choose a different number in 2019.

Running back Matt Breida wears the number, so Verrett reportedly wants to wear No. 21.  The 49ers told him he could under one condition, The Athletic's Matt Barrows reported Monday morning. 

Gore, of course, is still an active player. He signed a one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills at the start of free agency, and will play in his 15th NFL season. But, this seems to confirm the obvious: Gore is a lock to have his number retired by the 49ers. 

No. 21 seemingly has been in unofficial retirement since Gore signed with the Indianapolis Colts in 2015. In each of the last four seasons, no player has worn the number.

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And for good reason. Gore remains the 49ers' leading rusher (11,073 yards), and played more games (148) than all but seven players in franchise history. The 49ers toiled in mediocrity and turned into a contender during his decade in the Bay Area, and he was a consistent offensive centerpiece throughout. The Miami product rushed for at least 1,000 yards in all but two of his seasons with the 49ers. 

Gore told 95.7 The Game's Damon Bruce earlier this month that he wants to retire with the 49ers when he finally hangs up his cleats. It appears he won't have to wait much long after that for his number to be retired, too.