Source: 49ers to travel to Seattle to interview Cable, GM candidates


The 49ers are scheduled to head to Seattle early next week to interview Tom Cable for the head-coaching vacancy and two general manager candidates, according to a source.

Team executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe started conducting interviews for the vacant positions on Wednesday and Thursday. After meeting with Buffalo Bills interim head coach Anthony Lynn on Wednesday, York and Marathe traveled to Green Bay to meet up with general manager candidates Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst on Thursday.

While the 49ers’ decision-makers are in Seattle next week, they will also interview the Seahawks’ co-directors of player personnel Scott Fitterer and Trent Kirchner. Fitterer’s emphasis has been on scouting college prospects, while Kirchner’s duties have been centered more on pro personnel.

Cable, Fitterer and Kirchner were on the original list of candidates for the opening that CSNBayArea.com reported on Monday, the day after the club announced the firings of coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke.

USA Today was the first to confirm Cable, Fitterer and Kirchner will, in fact, be interviewed for the openings.

Cable, 52, is in charge of the Seahawks' offensive line, while also serving as assistant head coach. He was 17-27 from 2008 to ’10 as head coach of the Raiders. He served as interim head coach for 12 games after the firing of Lane Kiffin. Cable joined Pete Carroll’s coaching staff in 2011.

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


49ers interviews
Wednesday: Buffalo interim head coach Anthony Lynn (coach)
Thursday: Green Bay director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst (GM); Green Bay director of football operations Eliot Wolf (GM)
Friday: Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton (GM); Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan (coach)
Saturday: New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (coach); New England director of player personnel Nick Caserio (GM)
Monday: Sean McVay (coach)
TBA: Miami defensive coordinator Vance Joseph (coach); ESPN analyst Louis Riddick (GM); Indianapolis vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III (GM); Seattle offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable (coach); Seattle co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer; Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner.