Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, citing league sources, reports that 49ers ownership is open to significant changes even though they’re just one year into the latest coaching regime.
La Canfora mentions that 49ers GM Trent Baalke is in jeopardy of losing his job, which leaves HC Chip Kelly potentially in limbo as well.
At this point, La Canfora believes it would be a surprise if Baalke returned for the 2017 season, even though he does have strong ties to team owner Jed York and is viewed as a loyal and trusted employee.
Several owners tell La Canfora that they believe York’s parents will, Denise and John York, will begin taking more of a hands-on approach with the team while they figure out how to turn things around.
Interestingly enough, La Canfora says that long-time NFL HC Mike Shanahan could be a candidate to join the 49ers in a coaching and/or executive capacity. Last year, Shanahan was linked to the 49ers, so there has been some ties to the team in recent years.
As for Kelly, La Canfora mentions that a final determination on his status with the team is unlikely to come until after the team has figured out their front office situation. Recent reports have said that Kelly is likely to return for the 2017 season, but it appears as though his future with the team could be determined by their next GM.
Baalke, 52, was promoted by the 49ers to general manager back in 2011. He was named Executive of the Year by the Pro Football Writers Association back in 2011 after the team won 13 games.
Since taking the job back in 2011, the 49ers have a record of 50-35-1, which includes three playoff appearances and a conference title in 2012.
We’ll have more regarding Baalke’s future with the team as the news is available.