Source: Vrabel to interview for 49ers' defensive coordinator


Source: Vrabel to interview for 49ers' defensive coordinator

The 49ers will interview Houston Texans linebackers coach Mike Vrabel for their vacant defensive-coordinator position on Tuesday, a source confirmed.

New 49ers coach Chip Kelly last week interviewed Eric Mangini, who served in that capacity on Jim Tomsula’s staff last season. Vrabel becomes the second known candidate for the job.

Vrabel spent the past two seasons as linebackers coach with the Texans. He spent the previous three seasons coaching linebackers and defensive linemen at Ohio State.

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Vrabel, 40, had a 14-year NFL career after spending his first four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. During his eight years with the New England Patriots, Vrabel was on three Super Bowl-winning teams. He finished his career with two seasons in Kansas City.

When Vrabel became a coach at Ohio State in 2011, Patriots coach Bill Belichick released a statement that was posted on the school’s website.

“During his Patriots career, there was no player more respected for his football intellect and revered for his leadership by his teammates than Mike,” Belichick said. "He was elected a team captain by his peers and is a player who I think everyone knew was destined to become a coach after his NFL playing career was over.

"Mike Vrabel is as well-suited for coaching as any player I have ever coached. He has a tremendous feel for people, players, coaches and what his team needs regardless of the situation. He is outstanding in his knowledge of the game, which contributed to his excellence as a player. I have no doubt Mike will develop tough, intelligent, fundamentally sound winners."

Kelly and Belichick have built a relationship through the years, beginning when Kelly was at New Hampshire and regularly visited Belichick to exchange ideas.

Kelly has not announced any hires on his 49ers coaching staff, but defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro and assistant defensive line coach Mike Dawson are expected to be on that list. Wide receivers coach Bob Bicknell has also been hired, reports Fox Sports.

Tomsula tried to hire Bicknell last year off Kelly’s Eagles staff to become offensive coordinator, but Bicknell reportedly opted to remain in Philadelphia as receivers coach.

Adam Henry, who served as 49ers’ receivers coach last season, was reportedly hired by the New York Giants. Henry coached Giants receiver Odell Beckham at LSU.

Kelly is expected to hire Ryan Day as offensive coordinator, according to ESPN. Day worked as Kelly’s quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia. He was a three-year starter at New Hampshire under Kelly.

Jerick McKinnon throws support behind Jimmy Garoppolo as both rehab torn ACLs

Jerick McKinnon throws support behind Jimmy Garoppolo as both rehab torn ACLs

Jerick McKinnon definitely feels Jimmy Garoppolo’s pain, having torn his ACL during the preseason and watched the 49ers quarterback do the same Sunday.

McKinnon was quick to tweet his support for Garoppolo the next day.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan used the prospect of rehabbing with the running back as a positive with Garoppolo.

“That’s the only good news that Jimmy and I could talk about on the plane. At least he’s got a buddy to go through it with,” Shanahan said Monday. “Unfortunately, both of them are going through it. But they’re both in the same boat.

“I know Jerick, I think, texted him and sent him a picture of his knee right after the game. Just said, ‘Looking forward to having a wingman,’ or something. They can talk a lot about it with each other. They can keep each other up, help each other when each other are down, but those are two very important players, they were for us to start out this year.”

That last point is what surely stings the 49ers, who entered training camp with high hopes and now must play without their two top offensive weapons.

Source: 49ers work out seven QBs, including E.J. Manuel and Landry Jones

Source: 49ers work out seven QBs, including E.J. Manuel and Landry Jones

The 49ers held tryouts Tuesday at the team’s practice facility in Santa Clara with seven quarterbacks, including E.J. Manuel and Landry Jones, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area.

The 49ers are in the market to add to quarterback depth after Jimmy Garoppolo sustained a season-ending injury Sunday in Kansas City. Garoppolo suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will undergo surgery in the next week or two when the swelling subsides in his left knee.

C.J. Beathard will become the 49ers’ starting quarterback. The 49ers also plan to promote Nick Mullens to the team’s 53-man roster to serve as the backup this Sunday when the 49ers play the Los Angeles Chargers.

There is no hurry to move Mullens to the active roster because he's already allowed to practice with the team. The 49ers didn't immediately made any announcement on whether they plan to sign any of the quarterbacks who worked out for the team.

Manuel is a five-year veteran who started 17 games with the Buffalo Bills in his first four seasons before becoming the Raiders’ backup last season. Jones spent the past five seasons as Pittsburgh’s backup.

The 49ers also worked out Kellen Clemens, Tom Savage, Matt Simms, T.J. Yates and Kyle Allen, as NFL reporters Adam Caplan and Howard Balzer first reported. Allen skipped his final year of college eligibility at the University of Houston, went undrafted and signed with the Carolina Panthers. He was cut from the Panthers’ practice squad two weeks ago.

The 49ers also worked out wide receiver Deontez Alexander, and safeties Kelcie McCray and Eddie Pleasant. McCray spent two seasons of his six seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, and Pleasant played his first six seasons with the Houston Texans.

Also on Tuesday, the Texans signed defensive end Daeshon Hall of Texas A&M off the 49ers’ practice squad.