John Lynch, Kyle Shanahan say retiring center Alex Mack provided “heartbeat of an offense”

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Longtime NFL center Alex Mack announced his retirement today, and 49ers General Manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan say there are going to be big shoes to fill.

In a joint statement, Lynch and Shanahan praised Mack and emphasized the importance of having a reliable center.

“We would like to thank Alex for all that he brought to the 49ers throughout the 2021 season,” the statement said. “The center position in the NFL is the heartbeat of an offense and Alex’s intellect, consistency, love for the game and professional approach made a lasting impression over the course of his 13 NFL seasons. Congratulations to Alex on a highly decorated NFL career and we wish him nothing but success in his post-playing career.”

Lynch and Shanahan now have a big job in determining who will replace Mack, who started every game at center for the 49ers last season. Jake Brendel appears to be the leading candidate, but he has played a grand total of six offensive snaps over the last three seasons. Finding a new heartbeat of the offense won’t be easy.

4 responses to “John Lynch, Kyle Shanahan say retiring center Alex Mack provided “heartbeat of an offense”

  1. I wish he had never left my Cleveland Browns but to be honest with you he got out of there just in time.

  2. And the Niners take another big hit. Raw rookie QB and a raw center. This is a six win team man.

  3. Cardinals fans talking smack.

    Cards suck, Suns suck, Diamondbacks suck, Coyotes suck.

  4. Aaron Donald butterfly effect….Clara will be lucky to come in 3rd in the NFC West like they did last year…

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