49ers announce John Lynch as General Manager

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The 49ers’ General Manager search came to a surprising end on Sunday night when the team hired John Lynch after no indication that the Hall of Fame finalist and FOX broadcaster was a candidate for the job.

The team confirmed the hiring after the reports of their choice emerged during the Pro Bowl. 49ers CEO Jed York told Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group that the team was impressed by Lynch’s “leadership and communication skills” and liked that he played for Bill Walsh in college. York also said he believes Lynch can build a “great staff,” which will be important given his lack of experience as a personnel executive.

That lack of experience didn’t stop Lynch from reportedly getting a six-year contract with the team. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Kyle Shanahan is expected to get the same term as head coach and that Lynch took his first step toward the job by reaching out to Shanahan recently to let him know he was interested in making the move to the front office.

Lynch, who played for Kyle’s father Mike Shanahan in Denver, met with York on Thursday, so the decision to make a long-term commitment appears to have materialized quickly for the 49ers.

85 responses to “49ers announce John Lynch as General Manager

  1. Neither Kyle nor John have ANY EXPERIENCE IN PLAYER PERSONNEL!! This is a disaster waiting to happen. Just because you’ve played the game or can coach the game doesn’t mean you have the aptitude to scout players. Thats why scouts work in personnel for years!!!

  2. Hopefully the Santa Clara 49ers will actually give him time to try and build something. If he gets the right people to surround him, Santa Clara might be contenders again.

  3. 6 years!?!? Are the Niners trying to set a record for how many coaches and GM’s they have on the payroll that are no longer employed.

  4. You gotta give the 49’ers credit. Just when you think the Browns are going to pull away in the “worst franchise in the NFL” contest, the 49’ers do something to keep it a close race. There’s a reason they are picking 1-2 in the draft this year. 6 years?? WOW!!

  5. This is Soooooooo San Francisco !!

    Don’t be too upset 49er fans…. I heard they hired Lunch because

    Flavor Flav didn’t answer his phone.

  6. Anyone criticizing this hire is an idiot. Who else is out there for the 49ers to hire? Nobody! Lynch is a huge upgrade over Trent Baalke. Like I said in previous post. Lynch will be a GM very much in the John Elway mold.

  7. Step 1 for not being the worst GM in the league:

    Don’t draft a crappy college punter in the 3rd when you have the best NFL punter on your roster

  8. Matt Millen redux. We saw how well that played out.

    Oh well. the NFL is never anything less than entertaining.

    The human drama on and off the field.

  9. The pro bowl Skill competition is the most awkward thing I have ever seen in my life.

    There are balls being dropped from drones, dodgeball, and QBs throwing at targets. With McDonough and Gruden giving literal play by play analysis of everything.
    With Lisa Saulters interviewing every player after every single event.

    Really stretching it now aren’t you NFL

  10. duffer58 says:
    Jan 29, 2017 11:18 PM

    Matt Millen part 2. They have to be kidding
    ———————————————–
    To equal Matt Millen’s epic record of ineptitude:
    1. Lynch would have to turn out to be a delusional blowhard like Millen and
    2. The owner would have to an idiot with his priorities bass akwards like Ford

    The Niners have #2 covered nicely

  11. Absolutely love Lynch……..but wow …interesting move ….hope it works out well but might be biting of more than he can chew with ownership, stadium relations, and bareness of the talent cupboard at this point….

  12. I truly hope John Lynch the best …having said that, I think this hiring
    is suspect at best. Lynch was a great player but to give him a 6 year deal is not based upon basic sound football sense. It is my understanding that the 49 ‘ers owe close to 80 million in dead money for coaches and front office personal. That in of itself is indicative of
    poor hiring decisions.
    A organization like the 49’ers need to place an experienced GM in
    place, upgrade the scouting department and hire a coach for the long run. Look at organizations like the Steelers, Green Bay, New England
    ( especially the Steelers ) who allow a coach time to develop and
    spread the responsibility for scouting and player development between the coaching staff and the scouting department. Firing a coach after 3-4 years is not fair, particularly where the organization does not have
    talent at the QB position. Unless a coach ( Chip Kelly ) demands the
    full responsibility for all personal decisions, a head coach should be given at least 5-6 years to put his team in place. Even the Bengals have proven that stability in coaching is often better than hiring and firing.

  13. Why does Jed York bother to interview all of those qualified candidates every year, only to choose the least qualified or experienced person in the end. He waits until most all of the best candidates take other jobs, only to have slim pickings by the time the process is getting desperate for him. Wouldn’t an experienced candidate from the Cardinals have made more sense? They have good players… they win games!? Of course, Shanahan knows Lynch, so that makes Lynch, TV analyst, a good hire?… and on a 6 year contract? Look what just happened with Kelly’s firing and his contract payout. I’m so confused/frustrated at York and his off-the-wall predictably strange hires! Let’s hope Shanahan still decides to take the coaching position or York will be in a really bad spot, and look sooo dumb! Sometimes, lately, being a 9ers fan starts feeling uncomfortably similar to being an A’s fan, related to the weird FO decisions.

  14. PLEASE tell me the Mark Dominik rumors aren’t true. The guy was 28-52 in five seasons as GM of the Bucs and backstabbed every single person he worked with on the way up. MD didn’t play high school OR college football (oh sorry, I didn’t count JV high school)–tell me how he’s qualified to be a personnel specialist of any kind?? Was it the Glennon pick? Josh Freeman?

    Unreal. A total creep. Have fun with that, Niners.

  15. Jed and Paraag can’t coexist with experienced football guys.
    See Harbaugh, Jim.
    This is right out of the Micro-Mgt 101 handbook.
    Nothing personal against Lynch, happen to love the guy but, if broadcast experience and a desire to work in the front office was that damn easy, where was Steve Young?
    I’m sorry I didn’t think of it TBH.
    Jed, you seriously are the WORST.

  16. “49ers CEO Jed York told Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group that the team was impressed by Lynch’s “leadership and communication skills” and liked that he played for Bill Walsh in college.”

    Honestly, I think it was at a point where just the fact that Lynch would take the job was the biggest qualification.

  17. This guy was as tough a player as any when he was playing. Maybe, just maybe, this awkward move could bring a new attitude to the team from the top down. What do they have to lose at this point?

  18. tonebones says:
    Jan 29, 2017 10:52 PM
    The 49ers are bound and determined to wrestle the number one pick away from Cleveland.

    —————————-

    I think they were upset they didnt get it this year. Think the York brain trust will make them trade up?

  19. I truly hope John Lynch the best …having said that, I think this hiring
    is suspect at best. Lynch was a great player but to give him a 6 year deal is not based upon basic sound football sense. It is my understanding that the 49 ‘ers owe close to 80 million in dead money for coaches and front office personal. That in of itself is indicative of
    poor hiring decisions.
    A organization like the 49’ers need to put an experienced front office
    person in place.

    Then upgrade the scouting department and hire a coach for the long run. Look at organizations like the Steelers, Green Bay, New England
    ( especially the Steelers ) who allow a coach time to develop and
    spread the responsibility for scouting and player development between the coaching staff and the scouts. Firing a coach after 3-4 years is not fair, particularly where the organization does not have
    talent at the QB position. Unless a coach ( Chip Kelly ) demands the
    full responsibility for all personal decisions, a head coach should be given at least 5-6 years to put his team in place. Even the Bengals have proven that stability in coaching is often better than hiring and firing.
    The rollercoaster way of management for the 49’ers must end. Stability
    is the key to success in the NFL

  20. this is too funny…is SF in contention with the Rams to see how irrelevant and ridiculous a franchise can look?

  21. No one else wanted the job? You have to hire someone. I guess Buckey Brooks withdrew his name? He was on TV too but at least he was good on tv and actually evaluated talent. Lynch sucked as an analyst on TV and has no experience evaluating talent. Buckey was a better choice

  22. It’s been stated above in part but the key to this job is player evaluation, specifically working through the ranks as a scout.

    In any job it’s important to know as much as your subordinates do and be able to do their job, in order to properly evaluate THEIR performance.

    Elway is doing alright but I thought of him as an exception since he has a strong respect with the owner, thus, the scouts.

    I hope he does OK. I can’t imagine him being outstanding…more chance of failure than anything.

    Sorry for this 49er fans. You deserve better.

  23. Lynch seems like a stand up kind of guy, great career, well spoken, bright…
    Not sure that is going to be enough to turn around the dumpster fire that is the 49’ers, especially with 0 experience whatsoever.
    No grooming for the job whatsoever and an entitled trust fund baby playing owner? Man, what could go wrong.

  24. This doesn’t make sense because Lynch is a brilliant defensive mind and Shannahan is a brilliant offensive mind. It’s impossible for Lynch and Shannahan to draft or sign or even have the ability to determine who has the talent to become a longtime starter in the NFL because they haven’t been scouts.

    I wonder who has made the dumb move. The people who have posted that nonsense or the 49ers?

  25. aliveguy24 says:
    Jan 29, 2017 11:19 PM
    Wow just wow. Soo more importantly who’s FOX replacing him with?

    Figure that either Charles Davis or Chris Spielman will move up. Both were part of 3 man booth with Thom Brennaman this past season.

  26. I always liked John Lynch because he was a GREAT player and one of the top safeties to ever play the game. Lynch’s toughness and preparation were second to none. But being a great player doesn’t necessarily translate to being able to evaluate talent. John Elway was able to home his talent evaluation skills as the owner of an Arena League team. After getting fired, Matt Mullen admitted he wasn’t qualified to be a GM. But he let his ego get in the way and took the job anyway. I like and respect Lynch but I HOPE this isn’t Millen, Part II.

  27. fordbw says:
    Jan 29, 2017 11:31 PM
    Anyone criticizing this hire is an idiot. Who else is out there for the 49ers to hire? Nobody! Lynch is a huge upgrade over Trent Baalke. Like I said in previous post. Lynch will be a GM very much in the John Elway mold.

    ======================

    Reggie McKenzie, John Dorsey, John Schneider all came from Green Bay. York interviewed Elliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst alone from the Packers organization. Truly “nobody out there”. But now you got a swell guy who talks real good.

  28. ihavepriors says:
    Jan 30, 2017 3:35 AM

    Man, had I known, I would have applied.
    ***************************

    Me. too. I am eminently qualified- I saw Bill Belichick drive by last week (I think it was him)and I had my own lemonade stand when I was 10.

    I wish the likable Lynch the best but 6 years for an unqualified, inexperienced GM? Wow.

  29. I’m no 49ers fan but I am a HUGE John Lynch fan. Great player, fine man. Because I am also a fan of an NFL where the same teams don’t win every freaking year – I wish him great luck. It’s fun to root against a rival – with talent.

  30. Kyle Shanahan’s best shot at success was going to be with an experienced, proven GM who would have kept Kyle to just coaching. Instead, they hired somebody with zero experience who got the job by asking Kyle for it. So, Kyle is effectively running the whole team when he’s never even been a head coach before. What could go wrong?

  31. fordbw says:
    Jan 29, 2017 11:31 PM
    Anyone criticizing this hire is an idiot. Who else is out there for the 49ers to hire? Nobody!

    ——————————————————

    Don’t confuse no one wanting the job with no one available.

    The reason Lynch is the GM is because so many others simply stayed away and wouldn’t even interview. One candidate would rather work for a weirdo like Irsay instead of SF.

    Again – no one available isn’t exactly right. No one willing it probably the proper term.

  32. John Lynch seems like a very intelligent man, you have to start with a first job someplace. He may do a great job, only time will tell.

  33. Matt Millen makes this move sound bad, but the 2 gm’s in the league that are ex-players have won 2 of the last 5 superbowls – John Elway and Ozzie Newsome Keep in mind that he went to Stanford – this isn’t Matt Millen.

  34. If Lynch is smart enough to bring in guys like Mark Dominik to work with him, this could work. If he has Millen-itis, where he thinks because he can talk about the game on tv, and won a SB as a player, he can run an organization, then this could be a train wreck.

    I guess we will all get to watch and see. It’s a little sad when something like this happens instead of the guys who have been paying their dues for 10-15 years in either scouting or pro personnel departments, but in the case of a guy like Elway, he has turned into a pretty good GM. Hopefully Lynch can as well.

  35. Never thought as a (now former) Lion’s fan that I would ever had to say these words. I feel sorry for the 49er’s fans. You just got Millenized!

  36. One less annoying color commentator on Fox….here’s hoping someone will hire Moose….

  37. I love all the Matt Millen blasts. Because one ex-player failing as a GM means they all do. Just ignore that the guy who constructed the most recent Super Bowl Champion is a former player. Let’s ignore that Lynch and Millen are two completely different people with different views. Nah, let’s reach back 15 years for a completely unrelated failure and act like we’re all so much smarter.

    I do not like York, i couldn’t care less about the 49ers, but i wish Lynch the best of luck. He’s gonna need it in that hot mess of a franchise. But him and Shanahan and the staffs they put together could absolutely be successful. You can all shout “Millen” all you want if it makes you feel cool, but Lynch is not Millen.

  38. Leaked interview question that sealed the deal for Lynch…

    York: “So, Mr. Lynch, knowing what you know now who would you have drafted with our picks the in the last five drafts?”

    He blew them away with his answers, like he had a crystal ball or something!

  39. Big risk, Alex Smith was a pro-bowler this year and 17 mill is cheap for a pro-bowl QB. Each year about 2 teams find a QB that can run the show for years to come and about 10-15 teams try. Houston hasn’t had a QB since Warren Moon.

  40. fordbw says:
    Jan 29, 2017 11:31 PM

    Anyone criticizing this hire is an idiot. Who else is out there for the 49ers to hire? Nobody! Lynch is a huge upgrade over Trent Baalke. Like I said in previous post. Lynch will be a GM very much in the John Elway mold.
    *********************************************
    Doesn’t explain why you give him 6 years. I like Lynch as a commentator but you gotta admit this is a stretch, at the best.

  41. More guys with limited or no experience. This seems to be what the Yorks prefer. It definitely explains why the Niners have three playoff appearances in the last 14 years

  42. I think this is going to prove to be a GREAT couple of hires for the 49ers. John Lynch is as smart as they come, and will seek out help to guide him with what he doesn’t know, and Kyle Shanahan is as bright an offensive mind as there is in the NFL. As a huge #Broncos fan, I think this is a brilliant move, especially considering it came from Jed York…what do they say about blind squirrels? Looks like he lucked out and found his occasional nut. Great hires.

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