Game Chicago Cubs Jersey ESPN’s Brad Gilbert is a basketball junkie/Warriors addict who, even with the Australian Open taking over his life, hit me up on Twitter the other day with an interesting comparison while watching the Blazers. Are Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, BG wondered aloud, destined for the same breakup we saw with Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis because they’re too small together? You can safely assume rival front offices are crossing their fingers and hoping that the Blazers inevitably reach the seemingly hard-to-envision point that they feel the need to shake things up. McCollum, mind you, is getting so good that the whole discussion is only getting more complicated; C.J.’s eight consecutive games with at least 25 points is Portland’s longest such streak since Clyde Drexler’s nine-gamer way back in 1987-88.
As you’d expect, McDaniels said all the right things publicly about how he appreciated the Niners for considering him.
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â€œI was really impressed with Jed York and Paraag [Marathe] and Brian [Hampton] and people that came for the 49ers organization,â€ McDaniels told New England media. â€œThey did a great job with their presentation. Again, humbled to be included in that process. At this time, itâ€™s just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England and focus on this yearâ€™s playoffs and finish out the year, however it turns out.â€
But it’s also reasonable to conclude that McDaniels had at least some reservations about the 49ers job given his past interest in becoming a head coach again.
Which leads us back to Shanahan. It was already pretty much a given that York and the Niners would have to concede a lucrative, long-term contract to whoever they hire as head coach. No strong candidate would walk into this situation after the events of the past few years without plenty of built-in security. Likewise, there are some concessions the Niners might have to make in terms of personnel control, or at least in terms of making sure Shanahan has a general manager he feels comfortable with.