Kyle’s update, 3:10 p.m.: According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Dolphins are working on a deal to name 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel to be its next offensive coach.
This is a fantastic opportunity for McDaniel, someone who has overcome an alcohol problem but hasn’t had a drink nor had any desire since 2016.
You don’t always get to hear about the feel-good second chance stories. McDaniel earned it as he recreated a 49er running game and helped create one of the most diverse running games in the NFL. He’ll have his work cut out in Miami.
There will be plenty of overhaul along with the Niners coaching staff. Will Rich Scrangrello join McDaniel? That’s the next question.
Also, the 49ers will receive a pair of third-round compensatory picks. One this upcoming draft and next year in 2023. The 49ers can trade both picks.
Double checking on when these picks convey. Niners no longer have their comp pick for this year (traded to, coincidentally, Miami) from Saleh/Mayhew departures last year. https://t.co/4XmZcVNyxD— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) February 6, 2022
I hope everybody is enjoying their weekend. We’ll use this as a weekly Sunday thread now that we’re one week away from being without football for seven months. We’ll call it “49ers weekend” and just talk about what’s been going on in 49er land during the weekend.
McDaniel to Miami?
According to Peter Schrager of NFL Network’s Good Morning Football, 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel’s interview with the Miami Dolphins for their head coaching vacancy lasted for ten hours. Schrager also noted that former 49ers assistant head coach and tight ends coach Jon Embree could join McDaniel in Miami if he were to land the Dolphins head coaching job.
My next question is, who else joins McDaniel if he leaves for Miami? Also, who else might not have a choice? I doubt Embree will be the last coach whose contract isn’t renewed, and Lynn’s the last coach that’s hired.
Niners take Vegas
The 49ers were out in Vegas over the weekend. Jimmy G was seen above with Kyle Juszczyk. If you look closely, DeForest Buckner is with them as well.
George Kittle is playing in the game and caught a pass from Russell Wilson during Friday’s practice:
Back to the players going out in Vegas. I’d love to know the bill they racked up. It’s good to see the players out and enjoying themselves.
NFC Championship fines
Jalen Ramsey was fined $15,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct for “freaking out at the officials and throwing his helmet,” per Ian Rapoport. If you remember, at the end of the first half, Ramsey was face-to-face with Robbie Gould.
Jimmie Ward was fined $20,000 for unnecessary roughness for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Odell Beckham Jr. Ward spoke about the play after the game and said Beckham fell in an attempt to protect himself. Ward said he was already lowering his aiming point to avoid hitting Beckham. It was an unfortunate call as Ward was a victim of bad luck, but the fine seems uncalled for.
Fred Warner was not fined for a late hit from behind on Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford.