The San Francisco 49ers have made the move official. The team announced Sunday evening that John Lynch will become the team’s next general manager. They cannot announce Kyle Shanahan as head coach until after the Atlanta Falcons play the Super Bowl.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that both Lynch and Shanahan are going to get six-year contracts. This is unprecedented for first time people in head coach and general manager roles. It remains to be seen where Jed York and Paraag Marathe will fit into the day-to-day power dynamic, but this is certainly a loud message. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what it means, but the 49ers are making serious commitments to their next coach and GM.
The next step for Lynch will be hiring out his staff. Jed York told the San Jose Mercury News that he is confident in Lynch to put the right people around him. I imagine they already know some of the names they will be speaking to as part of the staff. Those names will likely be revealed in the media over the next few days.
Go ahead and vote on the John Lynch hiring; 1 being the worst decision and 10 being the best decision.