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  49ers | CEO gives coach, GM vote of confidence    Mon Mar 25, 01:26 AM

San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York indicated Sunday, March 24 that the leash might be longer for head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch than for their predecessors. 'We're probably not going to get it all right in the first year, first two years, but this is something we're going to try to build, and I believe we have a very good foundation. I think the future is bright for us,' York said.

Footballguys view: Ah, the dreaded vote of confidence. Entering year three, there is no doubt that Lynch and Shanahan are on the hot seat if even a little bit. When signed, the duo received six-year contracts but things have not been trending in the right direction as the team continues to lose. They've made big moves like trading for Dee Ford so far this offseason, so we'll see if they can get on track in 2019.

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  49ers | Jerick McKinnon recuperating quickly    Tue Jan 29, 10:08 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) is reportedly 'six weeks ahead in terms of time frame' as he continues to make his way back from the torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered during the preseason, according to general manager John Lynch.

Footballguys view: McKinnon was signed to be the lead back, although Matt Breida was reportedly going to be in a committee with him before McKinnon's injury. Breida was impressive but couldn't stay healthy last year, so expect the team to employ a committee that should be fluid in terms of workload from game to game.

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  49ers | Jimmy Garoppolo may take part in workouts    Wed Jan 23, 08:19 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) hopefully will be able to participate in organized team activities this offseason, according to general manager John Lynch.

Footballguys view: Garoppolo injured his ACL in Week 3 of the 2018 season. Lynch said Garoppolo has not had any setbacks during his rehab. Even if Garoppolo gets some work in during OTAs we'd imagine he'd be at least a little bit limited. There's no need to give him too much too soon as Garoppolo continues to rehab. It looks like he's going to be full strength by the time training camp rolls around in the summer.

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  49ers | San Francisco watching DeShone Kizer    Thu Mar 23, 09:39 PM

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch attended Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer's pro day Thursday, March 23.

Footballguys view: The Niners are likely just kicking the tires on all sorts of quarterbacks but we still think Kyle Shanahan wants Kirk Cousins next year. Kizer could go as a developmental project though, but we won't see him early in the draft.

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  49ers | Kyle Shanahan will control roster    Thu Feb 9, 05:09 PM

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan will have control of the 53-man roster, while general manager John Lynch will control the 90-man roster, free agency and draft moves.

Footballguys view: The two have to work together though, because Shanahan will need some influence on the larger roster to get his 53 guys. It's a whole new world for the 49ers with no Trent Baalke looming over the precedings like a Grim Reaper. We hope it works more smoothly.

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  49ers | John Lynch to ease into role    Sat Feb 4, 09:02 PM

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch will ease into the role by leaning on Tom Gamble, the team's 2016 assistant general manager, and Paraag Marathe, who is expected to be in charge of contract negotiations.

Footballguys view: It sounds like Lynch will be given up/down calls and set the tone for the direction of the franchise, but not have to be thrown into the deep end. The 49ers are starting from square one, so this situation can accommodate Lynch learning on the job.

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  49ers | 49ers' power structure in place    Mon Jan 30, 11:27 PM

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch will have the 'final say' over the draft, free agency and the 90-man roster. Meanwhile, Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who is likely the team's next head coach, will have the final say on the 53-man roster, according to ESPN's Jim Trotter.

Footballguys view: The 49ers are giving Lynch a lot of power in his first personnel job, but the hope is that Shanahan had input in his hiring. This is the picture of an organization truly rebuilding from the ground up.

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  49ers | Six-year deal for John Lynch    Sun Jan 29, 08:56 PM

Updating a previous report, the San Francisco 49ers are finalizing a six-year deal with retired SS John Lynch to become their general manager, according to sources.

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  49ers | San Francisco to name John Lynch GM    Sun Jan 29, 08:44 PM

The San Francisco 49ers will hire retired SS John Lynch as general manager, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Wow! Talk about your surprising moves, no beat writer around the team was mentioning Lynch as a candidate for 49ers general manager. After 15 years in the NFL, Lynch retired in 2008 and has been a color analyst with FOX ever since. We love this out of the box thinking, but let's hope Lynch can put more experienced personnel men around him. He has no experience running a team or officially evaluating talent.

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  Buccaneers | Brian Urlacher to visit training camp     Fri Jan 31, 01:10 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith invited retired LB Brian Urlacher to visit training camp. 'Brian is a family member for life,' Smith said. 'I've had the privilege to be around a lot of great players, any great player I've been around is always welcome wherever I am. We're trying to build something here football-wise, and I'm going to call on the Brian Urlachers of the world, and of course all our former Bucs around here. Derrick Brooks will tell you I've been in his ear quite a bit, got a chance to text with John Lynch yesterday... anytime you can have players around your current roster that have been through our system and know what it takes, it's a good thing. I will always be inviting any old player that I've been around.'

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  Broncos | Lynch critical of Cutler trade    Sat Jul 18, 08:14 AM

ESPNChicago.com reports former NFL S John Lynch told a Chicago radio station that the Denver Broncos erred in trading QB Jay Cutler to the Chicago Bears this offseason. 'This is a guy, in my mind, that's a once-in-every-15-year-type talent. He's got that kind of skill,' Lynch said. 'I think he'll grow into the other things. I sometimes think during this whole ordeal, they tried to paint him as a bad guy, but he's not a bad guy at all. He's got some growing up to do, but hopefully he learned something from this whole ordeal and offseason.'

Footballguys view: Everyone's got a strong opinion about this deal, and it seems like the prevalent one is that the Bears got the best of the Broncos in the trade. If Kyle Orton can execute Josh McDaniels system true to its design, people will be singing a different tune in a few months.

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  NFL | Lynch to join FOX    Wed May 27, 05:36 AM

Neil Best, of Newsday, reports former NFL S John Lynch will join FOX Sports as an analyst.

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