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49ers searching for GM first, then coach

Team president Jed York plans to revive the San Francisco 49ers by first hiring a general manager and asking him to find Mike Singletary's successor as coach.

So how will York find the right general manager, a role that’s been officially vacant since Scot McCloughan left the franchise in April (McCloughan was hired by the Seahawks in June as a senior executive)?

“My uncle is probably the best person out there for me to talk to,” York said at a news conference Monday, less than 24 hours after he ended Singletary’s 21/2-season tenure. “There are a lot of people out there that I will talk to. But my uncle is the person I’ll get the most advice from.”

That uncle would be former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., who led the franchise to five Super Bowl wins, as York reminded everyone.

Among the potential general managers, according to the NFL Network, are Floyd Reese, Ted Sundquist and ex-Seahawks executive Randy Mueller, as well as current 49ers vice president of player personnel Trent Baalke.

York said he has not yet requested permission to talk with anyone employed by another NFL team, including Cleveland Browns president and former 49ers offensive coordinator and Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren.

LINEMAN ARRESTED

Washington Redskins defensive lineman Joe Joseph was arrested on charges of driving under the influence early Monday morning, less than 24 hours after making his NFL debut.

Hours earlier, Joseph and the Redskins had returned from Jacksonville following a 20-17 overtime win. Joseph played as a reserve in his first game as an active member of an NFL roster.

Joseph, 25, joined the Redskins’ practice squad Dec. 15 and was promoted to the main roster on Saturday.

RAMS UPDATE

Tight end Mike Hoomanawanui is expected to practice on a limited basis Wednesday as the St. Louis Rams attempt to get the rookie receiving threat ready for this week’s game at Seattle for the NFC West title.

Hoomanawanui has missed the past four games with a high right ankle sprain. He has 13 receptions for an 11.2-yard average and three touchdowns.

EXTRA POINTS

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell is not pleased the NFL postponed the Vikings-Eagles game to today because of snow. “We’ve become a nation of wusses,” Rendell said. “The Chinese are kicking our butt in everything. If this was in China, do you think the Chinese would have called off the game?” ... Former Miami Dolphins tackle Eric Laakso, a member of two Super Bowl teams in the 1980s, has died at age 54. Laakso, who had battled heart disease, was found dead at his home Saturday in Pompano Beach, Fla. Rookie receiver David Nelson is expected to miss the Buffalo Bills’ season finale at the New York Jets because of a rib injury. Tampa Bay rookie receiver Arrelious Benn has torn a ligament in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season. He was hurt in the first half Sunday against Seattle. Second-year reserve Stephen McGee is likely to make his first career start at quarterback for the Cowboys, unless Jon Kitna’s strained abdominal muscle heals enough, which appears unlikely. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he hasn’t contacted any coaching candidates — even informally — but he has been doing background work on his list of candidates. Long snapper Patrick Mannelly and defensive tackle Matt Toeaina agreed to multiyear contract extensions with the Chicago Bears.

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