It makes sense Gamble is on the outs now that the 49ers have a new head coach in Kyle Shanahan and a new general manager in John Lynch.
Gamble had rejoined the 49ers’ organization in 2015 after being fired by the Eagles shortly after the 2014 season. Gamble originally left San Francisco to come to Philadelphia as the team’s vice president of player personnel when the Eagles hired Chip Kelly in 2013.
Gamble’s ousting in Philadelphia is what sparked a power play by Kelly to overthrow then-Eagles general manager Howie Roseman in order to take control of the team’s player personnel department. Kelly was successful and Roseman was moved out of his personnel role. Kelly’s victory obviously didn’t last long. His personnel moves flopped and he got fired after going 6-9 before the final game of the 2015 season.
The 49ers hired Kelly last January. Six months later, Gamble was promoted from his senior personnel executive role to assistant general manager. Then the 49ers went 2-14 in 2016 and ultimately decided to clean house and fire Kelly and GM Trent Baalke. It seems like San Francisco didn’t want to keep Gamble around either.
Gamble’s career path hasn’t gone so well ever since getting fired in Philadelphia. Back when he was with the Eagles, he was interviewing for general manager jobs around the league. Now he’s unemployed yet again with no obvious landing spot to fall back on.
Somewhere, Howie Roseman is probably smiling.