Coaches and players are just part of a winning team.
Many people will be critical of San Francisco 49ers hire of John Lynch as GM – as he has no previous experience in the front office.
It is also surprising they inked him to a six-year deal. The Niners did a good job though, of keeping it under wraps until they made the hire.
Regardless of the experience factor, I believe it will be a terrific move. It’s a bold move, but one they are completely sold on given the fact he’s getting a six-year deal.
Continuity in the front office and coaching staff is important to building a championship organization. He and Kyle Shanahan will make a great pair and work well together.
In certain circumstances, experience in a specific role might be overblown.
I had the opportunity and pleasure of coaching John Lynch in Denver. He is intelligent, relentless, competitive, hard-working, passionate about anything football, and a great communicator. He is also a great person who can compete and win without caring who receives the credit. He is the ultimate team member.
John’s experience comes from a lifetime of playing and being around the game from different perspectives. He knows firsthand what it takes to win a championship. He played 15 years at a Hall of Fame level.
I’ve witnessed his attention to detail and absolute love of studying the game from all angles. He is extremely organized and thoughtful and not afraid to step out of the box.
John has an eye for talent and will surround himself with talented people in the front office. The roster needs a major upgrade and it will take time to do so. There are certainly questions, but I believe this will soon be considered a brilliant move!