The San Francisco 49ers interviewed nine candidates for their vacant general manager job, and they now have one less option. FOX Sports 1 NFL reporter Mike Garafolo tweeted that Seattle Seahawks co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner has removed his name from consideration for the 49ers job. Garafolo tweeted that Kirchner has a “very close working relationship” with GM John Schneider, and wants to see it through a bit longer.
On the one hand, it is not ideal for candidates to decide the job is not worth it. On the other hand, if this is a sign Tom Cable might not get the job, I am plenty fine with it. The 49ers have been trying to pair coaches with GMs, and the belief is that Tom Cable’s accompanying general manager would be either Kirchner or his co-director in Seattle, Scott Fitterer. We still have not heard more on Fitterer’s status, so we have to wait and see on what it all means for Cable.
Fooch’s update: Ian Rapoport tweeted this, although it might just be inference more than anything else
Tom Cable may be next. Stay tuned. https://t.co/gOuZwViH7L— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 17, 2017
The 49ers have not announced any further interviews with their current pool of candidates. They cannot have another meeting about the head coach position with Kyle Shanahan until next week, so in the meantime, one would expect them to do some more work looking at their GM options. The remaining eight candidates now consist of the following executives:
Eliot Wolf, Packers director of football operations
Brian Gutekunst, Packers director of player personnel
George Paton, Vikings assistant GM
Jimmy Raye III, Colts VP of football operations
Brandon Beane, Panthers assistant GM
Louis Riddick, ESPN analyst
Terry McDonough, Cardinals VP of player personnel
Scott Fitterer, Seahawks co-director of player personnel.