The 49ers on Friday conducted two interviews in the Atlanta area: The first was with Vikings assistant general manager George Paton, and the second was with Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for San Francisco’s vacant head-coach post.
Shanahan, 37, is the son of Mike Shanahan, who served as the 49ers’ offensive coordinator in the early 1990s and who has been a head-coaching candidate for San Francisco in the recent hiring cycles.
The younger Shanahan has been an NFL assistant since 2004 and has been an offensive coordinator for four teams: Houston, Washington, Cleveland and, this past season, Atlanta. The Falcons, who finished first in the NFL in scoring and second in total offense in 2016, have a bye in the first round of the playoffs.
Paton, meanwhile, has been a hot GM candidate in recent years but has declined interviews with other teams. Paton has followed Rick Spielman from Chicago to Miami to Minnesota, where Spielman has worked from 2006 and been general manager since 2012.
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On Saturday in Massachusetts, the 49ers will interview another offensive coordinator, the Patriots’ Josh McDaniels. They also have requested permission to speak with New England’s top personnel official, Nick Caserio, although it’s unclear whether that interview will take place.
Shanahan also is interviewing with the Broncos, Jaguars and Rams. McDaniels will speak with the Rams and Jaguars. The 49ers are the only team currently seeking a GM.
So far the team has confirmed five interviews: Paton, Packers director of football operations Eliot Wolf and Packers director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst for general manager; and Shanahan and Bills interim coach Anthony Lynn for head coach.
The interview schedule for the next few days:
Sunday: Indianapolis Colts vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III for general manager
Monday: Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay and Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott for head coach
Tuesday: Carolina assistant general manager Brandon Beane and ESPN analyst Louis Riddick for general manager