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49ers interview schedule with Kyle Shanahan will depend on NFC title game result

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The 49ers will interview Kyle Shanahan either early or late in the week, depending on Sunday’s result. This all comes amidst questions in the GM search.

The San Francisco 49ers are going to speak with Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan this coming week, but the timing will depend on how his Falcons team does on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. Matt Maiocco is reporting the 49ers would have their second interview with Shanahan as early as Monday if the Falcons lose to the Green Bay Packers, and it will be on Friday if the Falcons beat the Packers.

Maiocco is reporting that if the Falcons win, the beginning of the week will be the start of the team’s Super Bowl preparations. It makes sense to get the game plan together and get players scouting reports on their Super Bowl opponent. They get that settled and then by the end of the week, there is time for the second interview.

This second interview with Shanahan would cover meeting with George Paton and Terry McDonough, and also hammering out the significant details on personnel control and salary. Shanahan’s agent can handle the nitty gritty negotiations, but if they are not yet certain what exactly Shanahan wants, and also what their potential GM would want, they have to clear that up.

The 49ers are hoping to build a cooperative relationship between Shanahan and their next GM. Mike Silver reported that Jed York might reopen the GM search process if the fit is not there. Silver also reported that York does not view roster control as a major issue. Eric Branch brought up a good point in response:

We have heard reports that Kyle Shanahan is not necessarily looking for full control. That being said, control of the 53-man roster might be viewed as not “full roster control,” but it effectively is. We’ll hear all sorts of different words used, but it comes down to who has control of the 53-man roster. One person somewhere will have the final say because if there is a disagreement, somebody has to be able to say, this is what is going to happen.

On a side note, Silver also had this tweet. It does not mean Gamble is going to end up with the job, but as Steph said previously, the 49ers like what Gamble can do. Whether it leads to anything else seems unlikely, but remains to be seen.