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Louis Riddick, Josh McDaniels were almost a package deal in San Fransisco

02.17.17 at 1:38 pm ET
Josh McDaniels and Louis Riddick were going to be a "package deal" in SF. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Josh McDaniels and Louis Riddick were going to be a “package deal” in SF. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Remember when Josh McDaniels was thought to be the next coach of the 49ers?

It appears it would have been a package deal with ESPN analyst Louis Riddick as his general manager.

On ESPN Radio, Riddick claims he was “very, very, very, very, very, very, very close” to becoming the GM of the team, but didn’t get the gig because McDaniels removed his name from consideration and the two were a “package deal.”

“It was either going to be him and I, or it wasn’t,” Riddick said. “Josh, for his personal reasons, decided that now wasn’t a good time. When he decided that — which I was on board with that, obviously — therefore I wasn’t in the running anymore.”

Riddick claimed he had a good interview with the team before McDaniels took his name out of the running.

“It went awesome,” Riddick said. “I got a lot of great feedback from them. I felt that my plan was rock solid, and if it was something that would’ve worked out for Josh and myself overall, then we would be there. But it had nothing to do with anything other than the fact that the pairing, it just wasn’t the right time for us to do that.”

Ultimately, the organization decided on Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as the new coach and former NFL player John Lynch as general manager.

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