Report: 49ers 'honing in' on Shanahan as next head coach

Report: 49ers 'honing in' on Shanahan as next head coach

One day after interviewing Seattle assistant Tom Cable for the head coach job, the 49ers on Monday are turning their attention to the Seahawks’ front office.

Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner is scheduled to interview with 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe, beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, a source told CSNBayArea.com.

The Seahawks’ other co-director of player personnel, Scott Fitterer, is scheduled to interview with the 49ers after Kirchner.

The Seahawks were eliminated from the NFC playoffs on Saturday against the Atlanta Falcons and their employees are eligible to be hired immediately.

All indications are the 49ers are waiting for Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan or New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, whose teams advanced to the conference title games. But McDaniels announced Monday morning that he plans to stay in New England.

The 49ers are reportedly “honing in on” hiring Shanahan, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday, citing sources.

McDaniels has pulled his name out of the coaching search Monday to focus on the playoffs and will remain with the Patriots for the 2017 season.

"At this time, it's best for my family and myself to remain here," said during a conference call with reports on Monday.

Cable, 52, the Seahawks’ offensive line/assistant head coach, joined Pete Carroll’s staff in 2011. He served as Raiders head coach from 2008 to ’10, taking over that duty on an interim basis after replacing Lane Kiffin.

The Raiders were 17-27 under Cable, whose tenure with the Raiders was marked by controversy. In August 2009, he allegedly punched assistant Randy Hanson during an altercation at the team’s training camp in Napa. Hanson reportedly sustained a broken jaw.

Moreover, ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” reported in 2009 that Cable abused three separate women – two of whom made their allegations in interviews – dating back more than 20 years.

Kirchner interviewed for general manager positions with Detroit and the New York Jets the past two years. His focus has been more on the professional scouting side with the Seahawks. He helped facilitate the trades to acquire Marshawn Lynch and Jimmy Graham, as well as the free-agent signings of Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril.

Fitterer’s emphasis has bee more on evaluating college prospects. He’s had influence in the Seahawks’ drafts, which have netted such stars as Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas.

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.”

49ers-Chiefs injury report: Richard Sherman sits with heel issue

49ers-Chiefs injury report: Richard Sherman sits with heel issue

SANTA CLARA – Veteran cornerback Richard Sherman sat out practice with an unspecified heel injury, the 49ers reported on Thursday.

Sherman, who appeared to be walking fine throughout the day, was one of three 49ers who did not practice. It is not known if the condition is connected to either the surgery on his right Achilles or the bone spurs that were removed from his left heel.

Strong safety Jaquiski Tartt has not practiced this week due to a shoulder injury he aggravated Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Antone Exum and D.J. Reed have taken practice snaps at safety, as well as Tyvis Powell, who is currently on the practice squad.

“That’s another area we’re working through to make sure we can put the best player forward,” 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said. “So there’s three guys working in that spot while (Tartt) is not practicing.”

Backup guard Joshua Garnett has been out since the opener with a toe injury, and is not expected to be available to play.

Three other 49eres have gone through limited practice this week and could be game-time decisions as the club faces the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium: Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (quadricep), guard Mike Person (foot), cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (ankle, hip).

Thursday’s practice reports

Did not practice
G Joshua Garnett (toe)
CB Richard Sherman (heel)
S Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder)

Limited practice
WR Marquise Goodwin (quadricep)
G Mike Person (foot)
CB Ahkello Witherspoon (ankle)

Full participation
T Joe Staley (not injury related – vet day)

Did not practice
S Eric Berry (heel)
S Armani Watts (not injury related)

Limited practice
LB Ben Niemann (hamstring)

Full participation
G Cameron Erving (knee)
CB Kendall Fuller (hand)
DE Jarvis Jenkins (elbow)
DE Chris Jones (groin)
LB Reggie Ragland (shoulder, knee)