John Lynch wanted secrecy, got it

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The 49ers have developed in recent years a reputation for leaks. When it comes to their new G.M., the 49ers managed to say nothing at all.

Per a league source, John Lynch first emerged as a serious candidate two weeks ago. He insisted on secrecy, and he got it.

It’s unclear why he didn’t want anyone to know he was under consideration for the job. With no one knowing he was a candidate, no one would have known that he hadn’t gotten the job, if the 49ers had hired someone else.

Many are comparing Lynch to Broncos G.M. John Elway. Others are comparing Lynch to former Lions G.M. Matt Millen. There’s potential merit to each argument. Lynch, a Hall of Fame caliber player, could have the brains, the work ethic, and the people skills to get things done the way that Elway has. Lynch also could be in over his head, the way Millen was, with the ability to talk a good game on TV and in production meetings having no correlation to his ability to run a team.

Either way, Lynch will get time to show what he can do, thanks to a reported six-year contract — the same length as the contract that Kyle Shanahan is expected to receive. Or he’ll eventually get paid to not show what he can do, the same as multiple other former 49ers employees.

27 responses to “John Lynch wanted secrecy, got it

  1. Hold on. Elway spent years in the AFL as owner/executive learning the craft. Lynch is going from microphone to GM with zero management, scouting, salary cap, etc experience.

  2. Big Mike is in the wings , possibly as a consultant so 49ers will have a Super bowl winning coach and longtime NFL executive to build a young innovative front office with a first time GM and HC. Wait until Monday after the game to see the complete story. The real issue is the quarterback the 49ers are going to acquire – that will determine the success or failure of this unique move.

  3. .
    It’s another Shanahan con job….. Like father like son. With TV personality, John Lynch, as his boss Kyle Shanahan essentially has no oversight.

    Additionally, why is everyone giving him so much of the credit for Atlanta’s offensive surge? Isn’t it a good compilation of talent as opposed to Shanahan’s masterful game plans that have fueled the Falcons rise to the Super Bowl?
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  4. this is a bold move… I like it. FWIW, both Kyle and Lynch have ShanDad AND Tom Gamble, both highly qualified, as part of the team. This brings a potential juggernaut to the football side of things, able to better push back against any upper management interference.

    I am excited and optimistic… This is way out of left field but both men have been communicating for a couple weeks and Kyle obviously chose HIS preference…

    Lotta haters and negative slants at the moment but I really don’t think THEY care… In this one, I’m fully on THEIR side!

  5. I think the league office is going to have to forcefully take the franchise away from the York family on the grounds of incompetency.

  6. bleedingfacemask says:
    Jan 29, 2017 11:26 PM
    “Many are comparing Lynch to Broncos G.M. John Elway. Others are comparing Lynch to former Lions G.M. Matt Millen.”

    I’m comparing Jed York to Daniel Snyder.


    You gotta give credit to York though. At least his team’s nickname isn’t a curse word.

  7. It’s my understanding Millen was too agreeable with the Lion’s upper echelon. Millen wanted player X (who turned out much better) but he selected who THEY wanted (who turned out close to the bottom of the draft).

  8. “Lynch also could be in over his head, the way Millen was, with the ability to talk a good game on TV and in production meetings having no correlation to his ability to run a team.”

    Except that Lynch really didn’t have the ability to talk a good game on TV. Did you ever listen to him on a broadcast? One too many hits to the head, at least.

  9. tom48212 says:
    Jan 30, 2017 3:25 AM

    It’s my understanding Millen was too agreeable with the Lion’s upper echelon. Millen wanted player X (who turned out much better) but he selected who THEY wanted (who turned out close to the bottom of the draft).
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    This sounds like Matt Millen’s revisionist history version of his Lion’s tenure.

    In reality, the results speak very much for themselves – he was the most incompetent person ever to hold this role for any NFL team.

  10. Embarrassing. Former player entitlement….and a load of garbage. Hey John, I’d like 800 million newspapers, online sites, and “journalists” not to bash my team. They can keep their comments secret. Think I’ll get what I want?

    John Elway is a figurehead; The Queen of England. If you believe anything otherwise, then you are a mark for what the Denver Broncos are putting out there. John Lynch is no more qualified to run an NFL team than my postman, I don’t care how long he played, how good he was, or how charming and well spoken he is. Hires like this are an absolute disgrace and complete slap in the face to guys who bust their butts on the road and try to work their way up the right way. What’s the point of giving your all when some former player that already has a ton of money gets the to live in the penthouse without ever having cleaned the toilets? Not to mention you’ve given an insane amount of leverage to a 1st time head coach; again, I care not how great of an offensive coordinator he is (doesn’t always translate to a good head coach) or how great how daddy was…or thinks that he still is.

    I for one hope that this whole debacle makes Matt Millen’s run in Detroit look Hall of Fame worthy.

  11. Certainly sounds like a recipe for potential disaster.

    But if you’ve got a good personnel guy in Gamble – lean on him. Figure out what you want to be. Make sure Shanny hires the right coaches to help him. And make the new ID you want for the Niners moving forward.

    I’m inclined to think Jed can’t figure out his way out of a paper bag…but he did have Harbaugh, so there must be some spark there in his noggin.

  12. John Lynch is a First Class human being, the 49ers could not have made a better choice to run their Public Relations department … Oh, wait, they hired him as General Manager? With no front office or personnel experience? Oh, boy.

  13. They are going to need to hire at least a couple assistant GMs who are well versed in salary cap rules. But honestly, given how many incompetent GMs are out there (as a Bears fan I’ve seen many–thankfully Ryan Pace is not one of them), I don’t see the harm in letting Shanahan and Lynch run things. Shanahan has been terrific as an offensive coordinator.

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