John Lynch on Kyle Shanahan: “I’d be hiring that guy in a second”

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Even before he was a candidate for the 49ers General Manager job, John Lynch wasn’t afraid to praise Kyle Shanahan, saying he was the kind of coach he’d like to hire.

Setting aside the fact that Shanahan effectively hired Lynch, it’s still worth going back through those words for some context to their relationship.

Via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, Lynch was effusive about Shanahan’s play-calling and attitude after a touchdown pass to Tevin Coleman in the second quarter of their Divisional Round win over the Seahawks. While calling the game for Fox, Lynch referred to the production meetings the broadcasters have with coaches the day before the game to gather background.

“You know, Kyle, I think he goes in these production, er, excuse me, interviews and maybe comes off a little confident, a little arrogant,” Lynch said. “I don’t care. I want an arrogant coach. I want a confident coach. I’d be hiring that guy in a second.”

Of course, it’s the other way around, but the team’s new pairing got six-year contracts to try to turn things around. The link between Lynch playing for Shanahan’s father in Denver appeared to be the key, with Lynch reaching out to Shanahan recently, and insisting his involvement in the process be kept secret.

18 responses to “John Lynch on Kyle Shanahan: “I’d be hiring that guy in a second”

  1. I think the comparisons of John Lynch to Matt Millen are way off base. When you combine Shanahan’s offensive mind with Walsh’s protege Lynch, something great is on the horizon.

  2. The Patriots are about to stop Atlanta’s offense cold. What are the Falcons going to do when they get punched in the face? History shows they fold like a cheap tent.

  3. ““You know, Kyle, I think he goes in these production, er, excuse me, interviews and maybe comes off a little confident, a little arrogant,” Lynch said. “I don’t care. I want an arrogant coach. I want a confident coach. I’d be hiring that guy in a second.”

    Lynch made this proclamation on the air, right around the time he volunteered to Shanahan he’d like to be his GM.

    Surely Lynch wasn’t going to criticize Shanahan since he wanted a job. But yeah, there was no conflict of interest or anything like that from Lynch during the broadcast. More intellectual dishonesty.

  4. It will be interesting to see if John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan can produce with the 49ers as both will be entering brand new roles with totally different challenges…and for the record, the Patriots lost two of their last three Super Bowls and would have lost all three if the Seahawks didn’t hand them a win at the goal line. The Patriots days are dwindling rapidly and they will soon be the past. The Falcons are the future. This transitional moment in time should deliver a fantastic ball game.

  5. Who cares who the Niners hired really? I mean its good for clicks for a few days and is certainly low hanging fruit for the since2012’s but who really cares?

    Won’t matter until kickoff seven months from now

  6. “The Patriots are about to stop Atlanta’s offense cold. What are the Falcons going to do when they get punched in the face? History shows they fold like a cheap tent.”
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    What are you gonna do when Atlanta punches you in the face and Goodell smirks at you while handing the trophy to Matty and Blank?

  7. Lynch, must have already known he was in the running at the time of his praising Shanahan. If he wanted the job he had to go all toady!

    Time will tell if it works.

  8. Shanahan is working with top talent in Atlanta, and is basically along for the ride.

    When he was with the Browns he was trying to get our weak offense to follow 17 word play calls. Then we’d see a check down for a 3 yard loss…

    Lots o’ luck.

  9. scrp2 says:
    Jan 30, 2017 10:03 AM

    I think the comparisons of John Lynch to Matt Millen are way off base. When you combine Shanahan’s offensive mind with Walsh’s protege Lynch, something great is on the horizon.
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    I don’t think they are far off-base. the only contemporary for Lynch coming straight out of the broadcast booth with no front office experience into a GM role is Millen. Despite any “training” Lynch may have gotten from whoever it was, he has ZERO experience in an NFL front office, or any front office for that matter. He faces a steep learning curve, but hopefully he will learn from what Millen did not do, and bring in experienced guys to run his scouting organization and pro personnel groups. Everyone is talking about Dominik as coming along for the ride, but I would not be surprised to hear Jerry Angelo’s name surface on the scouting side. He was director of player personnel when Lynch was drafted, and a lot of the players on those Tampa teams inexplicably liked him.

    Lynch has the potential to be a solid GM, but Millen had that same potential. The comparison is valid IMO.

  10. Hmm. Lynch was a great player and sounds like a really smart guy on TV, but why would anyone think that he would be good at picking players or building a roster?

    Kyle Shanahan might be the greatest offensive mastermind since Napoleon, but with crappy weapons it is a hell of a lot harder to do damage to your opponent.

  11. Shanahan is working with top talent in Atlanta, and is basically along for the ride.

    When he was with the Browns he was trying to get our weak offense to follow 17 word play calls. Then we’d see a check down for a 3 yard loss…

    Lots o’ luck.
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    And he had the Hoyer led Browns in the playoff hunt in week 13. Only problem I had with him was the fires he set on the way out of town.

  12. wink, nod, wink, wink…

    the FO and coach hiring process in the NFL is a joke. None of this should be done until after the Super Bowl.

  13. Now that he has been hired, this comment is tampering since Shanny Jr is employed by Atlanta.

    Fine and a loss of draft pick for the Niners.

  14. Now that he has been hired, this comment is tampering since Shanny Jr is employed by Atlanta.

    Fine and a loss of draft pick for the Niners.
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    This nothing new, guy. Teams have been doing this for a while now.

  15. The Falcons without Kyle won’t advance next year and he won’t do as well in SF. It was a perfect marriage of skill players and aggressive offense.

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