The 49ers may not understand what will happen this weekend in Atlanta.
They probably see this weekend as a formality. Jed York and his pal, Paraag Marathe, will meet with Kyle Shanahan and conduct his second interview for the team’s head-coaching vacancy.
They also will meet with Minnesota Vikings executive George Paton and Arizona Cardinals executive Terry McDonough at the same time, and conduct their second interviews for the team’s GM job.
York will bring the coffee and scones. Marathe will bring creamer and nametags. Then Shanahan will do most of the work. He’ll vet Paton and McDonough — get to know them, feel them out — and decide for the 49ers which GM they should hire.
Easy. No sweat.
Except there will be sweat. Big beads of sweat on the faces of York and Marathe. They won’t merely moderate the interview — they’ll be the focus of it. Shanahan will scrutinize those two as much or more than he scrutinizes Paton and McDonough. In other words, Shanahan will be interviewing them, determining their worth.
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