The 49ers clinched the NFC West and a first-round bye on Sunday, and the rumor mill is in full swing at the moment.
On Monday, Jim Harbaugh announced that the team will by trying out kickers as a result of David Akers’ recent struggles. Akers missed two field goals on Sunday against the Cardinals, and has looked out of whack throughout the season.
Billy Cundiff and Justin Medlock will try out for the 49ers today, according to CSN.
Cundiff is a nine-year veteran who made a name for himself by missing a 32-yard field goal in the AFC Championship game in 2011 that would have tied things up against New England. Instead, the kick went wide left, and the Ravens promptly handed him his pink slip. Cundiff was released by the Redskins earlier this year.
Medlock has played in just 11 games in his NFL career, suiting up for the Chiefs and Panthers. He made 7/10 field goals for the Panthers this season.
The Domino Effect
The fate of the 49ers’ assistant coaches could be placed in the hands of Tom Gamble, the director of player personnel. Gamble is currently interviewing for the GM position of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and if he lands the job, he may be bringing over some of the assistants from the 49ers.
Offensive coordinator Greg Roman may follow Gamble to Jacksonville as the head coach, reports the Sacramento Bee. Wherever Roman goes, Alex Smith’s name will pop up. Smith had tremendous success under Roman’s offensive system, and it doesn’t look like the 49ers will be willing to pay him $7.5 million to be a backup.
Other 49ers’ assistants that will likely be considered for head coaching positions are defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula.