Report suggests 49ers’ scouting staff feels marginalized

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The 49ers are 10-22 since John Lynch became General Manager and Kyle Shanahan became head coach, and with that losing comes questions about how the team is being run. Some within the scouting department apparently think things aren’t being run well.

The lengthy story about the 49ers from Tyler Dunne of suggests that the scouting staff feels “marginalized” by the decisions being made, with Shanahan’s influence on personnel seeming to ruffle some feathers.

One former staffer told Dunne that “to see your work not valued as highly is demoralizing” and added, “Voices are being heard, but they’re not the right voices.”

As an example, the 49ers took Solomon Thomas with the third overall pick in the 2017 draft, and that hasn’t worked out particularly well. Among the next 10 players off the board were two franchise quarterbacks, Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson, and two Pro Bowl defensive backs, Jamal Adams and Marshon Lattimore. According to the report, multiple 49ers scouts who watched Thomas in person came away with it thinking he should not have been a Top 5 pick.

The 49ers’ scouts also disliked running back Joe Williams so much that he wasn’t even on the 49ers’ draft board. But Shanahan insisted on drafting him in the fourth round. He never played a game and is now out of the league.

Ultimately, what matters is the record. The 49ers have been 6-10 or worse in all four of their seasons since Jim Harbaugh left. The picture painted by this article is one of a franchise that still has a lot of work to do, with a coach and G.M. who may be running out of time to right the ship.

17 responses to “Report suggests 49ers’ scouting staff feels marginalized

  1. I find it hard to believe a Shanahan would behave like an egomaniac.~

  2. Well if they didn’t learn from their mistakes shame on them. Seems like the writing was on the wall already for those former scouts.

  3. “It’s up to us to make sure we compete for and win Super Bowls. That’s our only goal. We don’t raise division championship banners, we don’t raise NFC Championship banners. We raise Super Bowl banners. And whenever we don’t deliver that, I hope that you will hold me directly responsible and accountable for it.”

    – Jed York

  4. Kyle will always be the genius who wouldn’t run the ball while leading 28-3 in the second half of the Super Bowl.

  5. It’s almost as if they hired someone with no experience to be a puppet GM…

    Oh wait, that’s exactly what they did.

  6. I like Lynch the player but Lynch the GM meh. Not listening to your scouts who their soul job is to scout talent and NOT have a voice in the room while you HC makes the call with out hearing the other voices…Well that is foolish and poor management.

  7. What precisely in Shanahan’s history indicates taht he should have control over personnel matters and drafting? There seems to be a cart parked squarely before the horse out there in San Fran.

  8. In a way, I think Kyle is just like his dad, who I still think is one of the two most overrated NFL coaches of all time (the other being Gruden). Mike, for example, tried to cram Haynesworth into a scheme that didn’t suit his skills, and a lot of it may have been a control issue. I’m starting to think Kyle has the same issues.

    Lynch, frankly, just seems clueless.

  9. daphne49er says:
    July 25, 2019 at 2:20 pm
    One *former* staffer is disgruntled. Nothing to see here; move along.
    Even if true, what is to see is their Won-Loss Record and up until now, it’s been something worth noting and taking measure of.

  10. Kyle is just like his old man without the eye for offensive talent (that is, not very good outside of the Elway years as an HC), and how Lynch got that job is still a mystery. The 49ers homers swear it’s not like Matt Millen except it’s just like Matt Millen.

  11. Lynch and Shanahan have this arrogance about them & it shows in the lack of success of this tire fire of an organization.

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