ESPN analyst Louis Riddick might have provided another major hint of which head coach he would prefer if he were hired as the 49ers general manager.
Appearing Monday on "NFL Insiders," Riddick talked about the importance of the 49ers hiring a coach-general manager combination with a pre-existing relationship.
"It's critical," Riddick said. "It's going to be all about communication because all of your time frame is so super-condensed. You don't have a lot of time to say, ‘Hey, let me get to know you; you get to know me; this is how I like to do things; this is how you like to coach; these are guys I want.'
"You better have a real good feel for all of that already because time is of the essence here, especially if you're going to wait for someone like Josh (McDaniels)."
The 49ers interviewed New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on Saturday for the head-coaching position. The 49ers would not be able to conduct a second interview with McDaniels until the Patriots' season ends or the one-week period after the AFC Championship game, if the New England advances to the Super Bowl. McDaniels cannot sign on as head coach until the Patriots' season is over.
The 49ers are scheduled to interview Riddick for the position on Tuesday. Riddick has made it known he has a high opinion of McDaniels. During recent appearances on ESPN, Riddick said he would accept the 49ers' job and he talked about the "massive overhaul" that is needed at important positions.
Wednesday, Jan. 4
Buffalo interim head coach Anthony Lynn (coach)
Thursday, Jan. 5
Green Bay director of football operations Eliot Wolf (GM)
Green Bay director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst (GM)
Friday, Jan. 6
Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton (GM)
Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan (coach)
Saturday, Jan. 7
New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (coach)
Sunday, Jan. 8
Indianapolis vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III (GM)
Monday, Jan. 9
Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay (coach)
Carolina assistant general manager Brandon Beane (GM)
Tuesday, Jan. 10
Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott (coach)
ESPN analyst Louis Riddick (GM)
Sunday, Jan. 15
Seattle offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable (coach)
Monday, Jan. 16
Seattle co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer (GM)
Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner (GM)
Miami defensive coordinator Vance Joseph (coach)