Jed York would be “happy” to reward his coach and G.M.

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Every time a team changes coaches, there’s talk about developing a new culture.

When the 49ers hired first-time head coach Kyle Shanahan and General Manager John Lynch in 2017, the six-year contracts they doled out were a sign the 49ers were serious this time.

Now, in the aftermath of a dominant NFC Championship Game win, they want to make sure to hang onto what has been built.

49ers CEO Jed York told Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group that he’d be willing to extend Shanahan and Lynch’s deals if necessary.

“I want those guys here for a long time,” York said. “If they want to do something, I’d be happy to do it.”

Any such deal would need to include a raise, after they turned around a team which won four games last year. But York cited the work Shanahan and Lynch did in putting things back together after a period in which one of the league’s storied franchises had grown fractious.

“Those guys do have each other’s back,” York said. “Not that it’s been perfect. Not that we’ve made every single right decision.

“But when the culture is right, when you have each other’s back, it gives you a chance. You need some level of talent, which we have on this team, but if you don’t have the culture, you have no chance.”

Going through the ugly transitions of Jim Harbaugh to Jim Tomsula to Chip Kelly made the 49ers appear anything but stable, but now they have a young core of players (and a quarterback who doesn’t take up all the money), so there’s a reasonable chance this success can be sustained.

“I didn’t want them to ever feel the third year was the ‘hot seat’ year, because we had not done well up to that point,” York said. “You had a run before with Jim and Trent [Baalke], and some really good football teams, and we needed to make sure they knew, the players knew, the fans knew that there was no hot seat for those guys.

“They have a runway and I believe in them to rebuild this culture, and they did.”

That patient approach worked for the 49ers this time, so there’s no reason not to want to keep it going.

12 responses to “Jed York would be “happy” to reward his coach and G.M.

  1. They are under contract for three more years there’s no rush to do anything. What are you going to do after them another three-year extension and how much?

  2. There certainly is no rush to do anything immediately. Let the Super Bowl play out and, no matter what happens there, give things some time to cool off before making major decisions about the future of the coach and GM. Yes, Shanahan and Lynch are doing a good job and deserve extenseions–but you don’t have to make that happen right at the moment. Give them bonuses, give them accolades, and then give them extensions once the dust has settled.

  3. The only thing I don’t like about the 49ers in the Super Bowl is it makes Jed York look like a good owner. I wonder how long it will take him to pull a Jerry Jones and want control over everything so he can take credit for any success they have.

  4. They have had a great year, without question. But the previous 2 years were nothing to brag about. Yes they fought through injuries, and have since brought on new and young talent. But before we anoint them as gods, I would see how next year plays out. If they aren’t a flash in the pan, then I would look to cement a long term deal. Then again, I’m just a carpenter from Wisconsin, and not NFL GM material…..

  5. Despite their lack of success last year you could see the offensive ingenuity. The injuries to Jimmy G and Sherm definitely took a toll. It was easy to see something was brewing regardless. I thought I would never like York again after the Jim Harbaugh deal. He’s won me over.

  6. It’s great to see GM and Coach did friends hug after important wins. Lynch even lifted Shanahan up in congratulatory style, and they seem genuine to each other. It’s a formula for leadership success. Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh were hardly looking eye to eye.

  7. imaduffer says:
    January 20, 2020 at 11:24 am
    It looked like Mike Shanahan’s offense when he coached the Broncos.

    Actually, you should do some film review. While there are some base trait similarities, especially in the running game, there are some very intricate new run designs built by Kyle. It’s been fooling even the best defensive coaches this year. If he was just replicating Mike’s work, he’d be found out rather quickly in this league.

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