Why did John Lynch insist on secrecy?

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One of the most intriguing facts regarding the news that the 49ers had hired John Lynch to serve as G.M. arises from his position that the courtship be kept secret. So why did Lynch want things to be hush hush?

According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, Lynch didn’t want to create the impression that he was using his broadcasting gig to get a job with an NFL team. Which is, of course, precisely what he did.

But if someone else had gotten the job and it had become known that Lynch was a candidate, it could have been awkward for Lynch in 2017 and beyond — especially when getting access to teams that he potentially could be competing with in the near future.

As it stands, teams like the Seahawks, Rams, and Cardinals may be wondering whether anything they said to Lynch could come back to haunt them now that he’s in the division. If Lynch had been working games with his aspiration to do something more than broadcast out in the open, teams may not have been as open with him about philosophies, strategies, etc.

22 responses to “Why did John Lynch insist on secrecy?

  1. “Why did John Lynch insist on secrecy?”, you say.
    Probably because he didn’t want anyone to talk some sense into the York family before the ink dried on the contract.

    I can understand wanting to give someone the opportunity to do a job. But we are talking about a business that is valued by Forbes at $2.7 Billion in 2016.

    Can you imagine if Ford just hired a retired production line worker to be its CEO? The stock would drop like a rock.

  2. Sounds like he wanted to avoid the media backlash of his candidacy and comparisons to matt millen

  3. I would think given his inexperience, he preferred the press didn’t write articles pointing that out to Jed York. He doesn’t even have any link to the organization as an Elway did or Peyton to Indy. He played for Bill Walsh in college was the best they could come up with.

  4. Because it’s one of those jobs where you’re not quite qualified for but say to yourself “eh, what the heck” and throw your application in. And you wouldn’t go prancing around telling everyone you just applied either.

  5. If Lynch had been working games with his aspiration to do something more than broadcast out in the open, teams may not have been as open with him about philosophies, strategies, etc.

    Really??? Do you really believe that?
    It’s not like he shared the info on the broadcasts.

  6. Maybe it was a test, of sorts, you have an owner that has struggled getting a long with a lot of coaches and front office staff, so if he couldn’t respect Lynch’s request, for a few weeks, how is he suppose to feel like the owner has his back in the picture of things.

    Or Maybe Lynch didn’t want his friends and old teammates calling him up saying your going to go work o for “That Guy?!”

  7. He did so much spearing in his days and had so many undocumented concussions that it’s probably only a matter of time that CTE or other brain diseases cause him issues.

  8. Wouldn’t keeping this a secret be Lynch’s prerogative? Where is it written that the “ALL KNOWING AND ALL SEEING MEDIA” has to know everything that is going on? Maybe, just maybe, instead of speculating , why don’t you just ask an investigative question to Mr. Lynch. If doesn’t give you an answer, then maybe you should just respect his privacy. (Ya, like the media would respect anyone’s privacy)

  9. He wanted it to be a secret. Makes sense. If I may steal a quote from Pulp Fiction:

    “When you little scamps get together you’re worse than a sewing circle” (media)

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